6 Steps to Eco-Friendly Event Floral

If you’re like most of our clients, you want to do your best to care for the planet while you’re planning your wedding. Since this is likely your first time ordering flowers for a large event, here are a few tips for making eco-friendly choices as you plan and shop.

1. Buy used or rent vases

Florists always have vases to rent and this is probably your best option. There are also a number of places where you can buy gently used wedding decor. We recommend checking out The Great Wedding Recyclery that is put on every year by Chicago’s Green Wedding Alliance.

2. Request flowers that are in season or plan your event date around the flowers you want

If you’re a peony person, then plan your wedding in May or June. If you love dahlias then have a August-October wedding. Don’t know which flowers are in season? We happen to know a florist who can help you with that! (wink wink) During your design consultation, we can walk you through your seasonal flower options.

3. Choose arrangements that don't require floral foam

Floral foam (also called Oasis) is toxic for people and the environment. We use as little foam as possible and will happily show you options for beautiful designs that can be made without floral foam. You can also browse our gallery to get inspiration. (Usually tall centerpieces that look like big balls of flowers on top have flower foam.)

4. Be flexible with types of flower and colors so that locally sourced flowers can be used

Flower season in the Midwest is glorious and abundant but lasts only from May through October. Though we’re not as famous as the tulip fields of Holland, choices for local flowers are plentiful. Just check out one of our favorite local flower farms, Brightflower Farms, for proof!

5. Ask us to donate your flowers to Random Acts of Flowers. They will repurpose your flowers and deliver them to patients in nursing homes and hospitals. 

6. And finally, donate or sell your vases and wedding decor items to the Great Wedding Recyclery! If you got items from the Recyclery and donate them back, your wedding will come full circle- just like a cycle in nature. Doesn’t get more eco-friendly than that!

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions about our eco-friendly floral design, and let us know how we can help with your next event

English Garden Chic

Promontory Point is like a getaway to the English countryside. Trees, gardens, and walking paths make this lake front park the perfect place for an elegant outdoor wedding. Kristen and Tim held their ceremony in the park, with lush greenery in the decor reflecting the beauty of the natural environment. 

As guests arrived at the ceremony they were greeted by a welcome sign draped in eucalyptus and bay leaf garland. The ceremony took place under an arbor adorned with ivory spray roses, white garden roses, stock, and limonium and sprawling greenery. The aisle was lined with simple bundles of lemon leaf, baby blue & silver dollar eucalyptus.

Kristen's bridal bouquet featured jasmine vine and ivy in a slight cascade with seasonal white blooms including garden roses, peonies, and ranunculus. Various shades of greenery from eucalyptus and succulents brought texture and dimension to her natural look. Tim wore a boutonniere to match- a white bloom with a succulent and greens. The bridesmaids carried bouquets similar to Kristen's, but with ivory spray roses and white stock added to accentuate the clean, classic style.

The reception was held indoors, where lanterns were topped with greenery,  white spray roses, and limonium.  Even the cake was embellished with a single white rose and a succulent to complete the look. 

The rustic, classic decor of this waterfront wedding transformed this urban park into the English garden of Kristen & Tim's dreams. 

Special thanks to This Is Feeling Photography for capturing this beautiful day, and Carlene Smith from Naturally Yours Events who coordinated this flawless event!

 

Urban Meets Organic

Molly & Ronnie's summer wedding at Lacuna Lofts was as bright and vibrant as they are. Not a cloud in the sky, the sun lit up their rooftop wedding and made for lifelong memories with family & friends. The backdrop of the ceremony was the one-of-a-kind Chicago skyline, while flowers and greenery brought organic, natural touches to the aisle & bridal party. 

Molly & her bridesmaids carried colorful bouquets of larkspur, dahlias, roses, and stock. The peaches, pinks, and deep purples were radiant against the lavender bridesmaids dresses. The groom and family members wore spray rose boutonnieres and corsages that echoed that pink and lavender colors with touches of blue thistle and greenery. 

After the ceremony, the party moved inside to the Reverie Gallery at Lacuna Lofts. Dinner tables were decorated with clear hobnail jars and the same colorful mix of florals and greens. Gold mercury glass votives surrounded the centerpieces and added to the room's warm glow. The chair flowers that had lined the aisle during the ceremony were repurposed to bring the same organic, natural look to the head table. 

Ed & Aileen Photography did an amazing job with with the photos, and the event staff at Lacuna Lofts was delightful to work with, as always! Thanks to such a great couple and vendor team!

Woodland in Chicago

Chicago, with all it's beauty, is an urban, concrete jungle. When a bride comes with a vision of holding a woodland landscape in her hands- we welcomed the unique challenge. Raquel and Ian exchanged their vows in the garden of Firehouse Chicago in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. She held a one of a kind bouquet filled with moss, thistle, ferns, white dendrobium orchid blooms, and delicate white wax flower. 

Carrying the outdoors inside, we decorated the natural wood farm tables with lush garlands of ferns. A clear glass terrarium welcomed guests to take a peak into nature. Sure, hints of the city broke through, but over all this couple was able to escape into the wilderness as they started the perfectly wild adventure of marriage together. 

Special thank you to Michelle at Firehouse Chicago for being an amazing venue manager to work with. And an equally special Thank You to the talented Tuan of Tuan B and Co for capturing all the elements of this day!