It’s not only the holiday season, but it’s engagement season! Did you know that around 40% of engagements happen between November and February? With the holidays, the New Year and Valentine’s Day, the timing for “engagement season” makes sense. Why not begin a new chapter with your significant other while you’re surrounded by love, celebrations and happiness? So, CONGRATULATIONS if you are newly engaged! Cheers to you and yours as you embark on this new journey together.
As you get bombarded with questions like “When’s the date?” and you start to dig into the wedding planning phase, you’ll learn that flowers and foliage are a big part of your special day. They not only add color, texture and extra detail to your decor, but they help set the mood for a celebratory chapter of life—and can serve as memorabilia after.
Read on as we share tips and inspiration for incorporating flowers and foliage into your wedding day, seasonal flowers and foliage to consider and advice on how to have an American grown wedding!
The emphasis and attention to detail when planning a wedding can bring that memorable “WOW” factor to your celebration. Here are some tips on doing that with your flowers and foliage during AND after your wedding day:
Think outside the box
Beyond floral bouquets, boutonnières and centerpieces, there are plenty of unique ways to utilize flowers and foliage on your big day. Some of our favorite “outside the box” ideas that we found here include: Using floating blooms or petals in water, wearing florals on your dress, veil or suit, accenting with edible flowers in specialty cocktails and creating diverse floral installations.
Search our Certified American Grown member directory to find and consult with a farm near you (and get their florist recommendations!). Did you know that many of our farmers are also designers?
Reuse flowers and foliage
Planning a wedding is expensive. Why spend money on flowers and foliage if they’re going to get thrown out after? Luckily, there are numerous ways to reuse and recycle your wedding florals! Repurpose them for decor at your reception, use them as wedding favors, donate them, incorporate them into your thank yous or get creative with how you preserve your wedding florals for later use (you can even use your wedding florals for home decor!).
With many flowers and foliage options to consider, how do you choose? We recommend focusing on the specific color palettes and look and/or feel you’re wanting versus the specific flower type. However, the time of year that you’re planning your wedding can play a factor in what American grown flowers and foliage are available. Here’s an outline for few flowers and foliage that are in season at different parts of the year:
All Year Round Foliages
Be intentional about your flower and foliage purchasing decisions for your wedding! How can you prepare and plan for the big day, but also support and give back to local communities and businesses while doing so? We reference here that many local businesses and American flower and foliage farmers have had a tough few years, and we’re currently facing a flower and foliage shortage in the U.S. Now more than ever, it’s important to support American farmers (and give them recognition when you can!).
Here’s how you can find and shop for flowers and foliage for your American grown wedding:
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