Monday, February 7, 2011

Green Weddings-- part 2

So, last time I blogged about Green Weddings, it was specifically about how as photographers, we at Blue House Photography, strive to be green. I'd like to take a look at some other aspects of a typical (and pardon that adjective, because I know every wedding is unique!) wedding.

Today I'd like to take a look at the flowers.

Now there are definitely some great florists out there who are sensitive to this issue. But, you as the bride and groom can also be proactive. Why, you may ask? Well, many of the flowers imported to the US are treated with harmful pesticides. These can be harmful to you health as well as end up in waterways. Not to mention, the huge carbon footprint we take on from having flowers flown halfway around the world.

The solution is pretty simple. Local! Seasonal! Think outside of the box when it comes to your flowers and ask your florist for suggestions. Chances are, they'll be excited to do something a little different. Now, you don't have to go with completely native species here; there are plenty of greenhouses that grow non-native species. Another option (gasp!) is to use artificial. When done right, these can be beautiful, not tacky. I'll post a few photos... Bet you can't guess which one is the fake bouquet!

Check back for more suggestions on how to green your wedding!

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