Eco-Friendly Wedding Flowers

Would you like to brighten up your wedding with flowers and arrangements but don’t want to throw them away at the end of the day? Would you like a wedding that repurposes them?

I’m against waste during wedding events.

I’ll make this possible in various ways: I create bouquets that can be dried and stored, I use live seedlings as much as possible that can be given to guests at the end of the event, or find a home in the bride and groom’s garden. I use local greenery to avoid unnecessary transport from one state to another. I reuse dried, beautiful, and sustainable flowers.

How it works and what it includes.

All installations are designed with care and passion as a result of the synergy between your vision and my expertise. I’ll share the entire creative process with you thanks to moodboard and design projects.

The first step towards choosing the floral arrangements for your wedding is deciding which style is most suited to your wedding. Style and trends always evolve, but we will focus on your tastes as the leading star.

The following elements can give you an idea of what is part of wedding arrangements. This list is customizable according to your needs.

PERSONAL

  • Bride bouquet
  • Bride flower crown
  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets
  • Mother and grandmother corsages
  • Flower girl crowns
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Best men boutonniere

CEREMONY

  • Ceremony altar flowers
  • Floral arch or arbor 
  • Flowers at the end of the rows
  • Flower girl’s petals
  • Other petals for the end of the ceremony
  • Ring bearer’s cushion/nest
  • Arrangements for the altar

LOCATION

  • Aperitif flower arrangements
  • Reception dinner head table
  • Reception dinner runner clothes 
  • Other small arrangements
  • Arrangements for the tableau de mariage
  • Arrangements for welcome board
  • Flower corners

CAKE

  • Cake flowers
  • Flowers and small arrangements for the cake table

My circular ethics

LIVE PLANTS
Using live seedlings as an arrangement for your wedding has multiple advantages:

  • No cut flowers are wasted and no pollution is caused by transport.
  • The plants do not die and can be given to guests at the end of the event.
  • Seedlings are much cheaper than cut flowers. You save money while achieving a beautiful natural and sustainable effect.

DRIED FLOWERS
Dried flowers can be reused. This means that at the end of the day, they are not thrown away, but the florist takes them with her to reassemble and reuse them on another occasion. This has a double advantage:

  • The cost will be lower because the flowers will then be reused
  • The flowers will not be thrown away, thus having wasted lives and polluted with transport

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES – I propose arrangements with seasonal fruit and vegetables from zero km. This cuts costs but above all does not pollute and the fruit and vegetables used are not wasted at the end of the day, but left with the bride and groom or donated to whomever they wish.

LOCAL TREES – I use greenery taken on-site, or nearby, from local trees. This cuts costs and does not pollute by transporting leaves and branches from the other side of Europe.

The importance of choosing adequate flowers

I am an expert in herbs and trees of my tradition. I can help you convey your values, your feelings, and your inner essence by choosing flowers and arrangements with their true ancient meaning. 

You will express your true nature during your wedding event both with verbal and non-verbal symbolism.

Choosing wedding arrangements for both the ceremony and reception is a meticulous process that involves numerous decisions. Amidst the sea of choices, one aspect that stands out for its significance and charm is the incorporation of flowers and herbs, each carrying its unique meaning and symbolism. This endeavor adds an enchanting layer of depth to the celebration, allowing couples to express their emotions, aspirations, and shared journeys through the language of blossoms.

Flowers have long played a central role in weddings, transcending cultures and traditions. They serve as a bridge between the tangible and the intangible, conveying sentiments that words often fall short of expressing. Bouquets and decorations, though seemingly mundane, possess the remarkable power to tell a story, infuse personality into the event, and set the tone for the day.

The most typical use of flowers in weddings is in bouquets. These carefully curated arrangements not only enhance the aesthetics but also serve as a personal statement. Consider, for example, the use of Lavender (Lavandula), a flower associated with calm. Its delicate fragrance can imbue the ceremony with a sense of tranquility and the promise of unwavering commitment. Or envision a wedding with the nine sacred herbs of Litha – St. John’s Wort (Iperico), Rue (Ruta), Verbena (Verbena), Mistletoe (Vischio), Lavender (Lavanda), Thyme (Timo), Fennel (Finocchio), Plantain (Piantaggine), and Mugwort (Artemisia) – each herb contributing its symbolism and significance to the celebration.

Beyond the bouquet, flowers find their way into various aspects of the wedding. Tables, altars, and even the bride’s headdress can be adorned with these natural wonders, creating a cohesive theme and atmosphere. Ogham, the ancient Celtic script, offers another layer of meaning that can be woven into the décor. For example, the Elder Ogham (Ruis) symbolizes the end and the beginning, making it a poignant choice for a wedding altar, signifying the couple’s journey from single life to marriage.

For the guests, thoughtful touches can be added through herbs and flowers. Placing a small plant or leaf at each guest’s table, each with its significant meaning, not only adds charm but also invites guests to connect with the symbolism of the day. These botanical elements act as conversation starters, sparking discussions about the deeper significance of the event.

Drinks, another integral part of wedding celebrations, can also be infused with herbs. Seasonal considerations come into play here, with options ranging from refreshing mint and melissa drinks for a summer wedding to cozy licorice and violet-infused teas for a winter gathering. Each choice is not just a culinary delight but an extension of the overarching theme and meaning of the day. Guests can savor these herbal concoctions, appreciating the thoughtfulness that went into their creation.

For couples seeking a more serene celebration, a tea corner can be a wonderful addition. Complete with comfortable seating, soft cushions, teapots, cups, and an array of herbal teas, this setup invites guests to take a moment of tranquility. It’s an opportunity to step away from the dance floor and indulge in meaningful conversations, guided by the soothing qualities of herbal infusions. To take it a step further, couples can prepare personalized tea blends and sachets as gifts for their guests, a token of their shared experience.

Favors, those delightful keepsakes for wedding attendees, offer another canvas for expressing the significance of flowers and herbs. Each herb and flower carries not only beauty but also deep-rooted symbolism, often imbued with magical qualities. By creating sachets containing carefully chosen blends of herbs, couples can offer their guests the chance to carry home a piece of the wedding’s enchantment. These sachets can be crafted with specific intentions, from luck and love to patience and health, making them meaningful tokens of the celebration.

Lastly, incense, often overlooked in the wedding context, presents another opportunity to infuse meaning. Incense blends, composed of various herbs, carry their unique significance. Lighting a specific incense during the ceremony and another during the reception can symbolize the couple’s journey, adding a sensory dimension to the celebration. Explaining the significance of these incenses can deepen the connection between the couple and their guests, making them active participants in the symbolic rituals.

In conclusion, the importance of the meaning of flowers and herbs in wedding arrangements cannot be overstated. These natural elements have the power to transform a wedding from a beautiful event into a profoundly meaningful and symbolic experience. Whether through bouquets, table decorations, drinks, teas, favors, or incense, couples have the opportunity to infuse their celebration with layers of significance that resonate with their journey, values, and shared aspirations. The language of flowers transcends mere aesthetics; it speaks directly to the heart, inviting guests to connect with the couple’s love story on a deeper level, making the wedding day truly unforgettable.

 

How much does it cost?

The sustainable flower arrangement service has a variable cost, depending on the locations to be set up and the wishes of the bride and groom. I can’t give you a price without meeting you firs, but I can tell you that the cost starts from 2500€.
If you would like a quote we can arrange a free initial video call.

Some answers to your questions

Can we talk to each other before purchasing the service? Absolutely yes, I will answer all your questions. You can book your free discovery call at  this link

Can I pay in installments?Of course! Payment is in 2 installments: 50% upon signing the contract to secure the date and the balance of 50% within 15 days of the wedding.

Do you have further questions? Write to me at info@federicacosentino.it and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

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