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

We Make It Easy to be Green

When people think of weddings they think of the beauty and love that make once-in-a-lifetime memories. What they DON’T think about is all the energy and materials that go into making that special day, and where those materials go when the day is over.

But we DO think about that.

We know that the event industry, and specifically floral design, often requires extensive land, water, and fossil fuel use. We know that many of the materials used to create conventional floral decor are poisonous to both land and people. We know that flowers that traditionally end up in a dumpster after a wedding could easily bring joy to many more people, and then be productively composted.

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We know all these things and we do something about it.

Taking good care of the earth is a top priority in our sourcing, production, and clean up process. We use local flowers during the Midwest growing season to support local farms and reduce shipping energy. Our delivery vehicle is fuel efficient and we use Earth friendly cleaning supplies. When you book us, all contracts will be signed electronically to reduce waste, and we’ll work with you to create a design with our avant-garde collection of reusable vases. We also offer a donation service of to repurpose your leftover event flowers to local organizations like Random Acts of Flowers who then brings them to nursing homes and hospitals. And lastly, we send all our scraps get composted.

There are so many ways to make change- some big and some small- but we always try to do our part to make your once-in-a-lifetime night make a lifetime of difference.