Post # 1
So it turns out the online wholesale flower companies (bunches direct and fiftyflowers etc) all ship their flowers from plantations in South and Central America.
While I would never judge anyone for not caring about this, I don’t think having pretty flowers is worth supporting what I consider to be environmental and human rights abuses.
Costco offers Fair Trade Certified roses – but only in red and white (which will by my last resort if I don’t find another solution)
My wedding is in New England in September, so I don’t think there’s anything I could get from local farms except sunflowers or mums (not a fan of either)
I have emailed two florists in the area who advertise themselves as eco friendly and asked for suggestions – both told me I’d have to pay for a consultation. I was really hoping to DIY this as I’m using old bottles as centerpieces and really only wanted to stick a few blooms in each bottle – so it seems absurd to pay a florist to stick a flower in a bottle.
My colors are navy, ivory, and burgundy. I had orginally planned on something like this:
and making a really loose bouquet with the same flowers and a thick ivory ribbon.
Post # 3
What a beautiful inspiration pic! One option would be to grow the flowers you want yourself if you have the space and the appropriate climate. Other than that if you can’t find what you’re looking for, have you considered making the flowers out of recyclable paper/newspaper?
Post # 4
faux flowers aren’t a bad idea, but keep in mind too that when a florist says you have to pay for a consultation it doesn’t mean that you have to pay them to “put a flower in a bottle” You’re essentially paying them to talk to them about what kind of flowers you want and what your options are. If it’s really important to you to have eco friendly flowers, it might be worth it. If you decided to order flowers through them, you can always just pay for the flowers & skip the delivery and arrangments
Post # 5
My favorite late summer flowers – dahlias!
Post # 6
Yes, I love dahlias and contacted 2 farms out in Western Mass about them…they both said they can’t guarantee them after Aug 31 depending on weather 🙁 I’m still hoping I can find them somewhere!!
I WISH I could grow them myself!! Such a fantastic idea for people who are not me..hehehe… the only plants that have successfuly survived my two trouble making cats are cactii with spikes!
Post # 7
bumpus. any other ideas brilliant bees?
Post # 8
Asters? I think some types of anemones bloom in the fall (although I’m not 100% on that). Maybe zinnias? Helenium?
Post # 9
Wait. Seriously? There are florists that make people PAY to just ask about pricing? How ridiculous! They’d never get my business.
Would you consider silk flowers? A lot of them look real unless you look very closely. I think you could DIY the bottle flowers, whether it’s growing your own flowers or silk flowers. So are you looking for a bouquet also or just the centerpieces?
Post # 10
I was going to suggest silk also. The higher quality ones look and feel real – I had trouble distinguishing between them when I looked at a store where they had them to compare.
I got my flowers from Afloral.com, and I had a lot of compliments on my flowers as well as my girls’ flowers.
Save-on-crafts.com has an extensive selection of regular silk, “real touch” flowers (which look/feel VERY real), dried and preserved flowers, etc. I got dried lavendar to use as part of my centerpieces from them and still have it decorating my house!
Post # 11
I think it was because I was up front in my email and said I planned to DIY the actual arrangements but was looking for a trustworthy place to purchase the flowers. I guess they figure if they’re not going to make the big bucks setting up, they can still make money making “suggestions”. I get that its a business, but I was disappointed all the same.
I’ll have to check out some of the fakes. The cheapo ones I see at Michaels come to mind when I think of silk flowers, so I may just need to get a better idea of whats out there… but I’m thinking worst case scenario, I just order a few hundred of the white Fair Trade roses from Costco and maybe mix them with some greens I pick myself around here.
Post # 12
I found this site and they’re definitely fair trade certified, but it’s just roses and lilies.
I also was on an Organic Fair Trade website and they linked to a flower site (on that same page I linked to) that has more selection. However, in doing a quick search I couldn’t find verification that the flower site has fair trade flowers. But, since the original fair trade website linked to them, maybe they’re ok?
I hope that helps you!
Post # 13
Can you make contact with a grower at a farmer’s market? There are sure to be organic growers who would be able to tell you what will be available in September and even grow and hold flowers for you.
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Post # 14
Ooooh thank you!! ! 🙂
I had seen that first one before too – the selection was a bummer. They don’t even have ivory or burgundy roses! And lillies are pretty – but my grandmother passed recently and the smell has such an association to the funeral….
The second one, you’re right! Its linked from an organic/fair trade site, but says nothing about that on the actual website! They do have beautiful burgundy roses and gerberas – I’ll give them a call tomorrow and ask where the flowers come from!
Post # 15
That’s definitely a good idea! Their flowers are beautiful. It does have some info and pictures of their farms, and I think I read that they only use their own farms for the flowers. That doesn’t automatically make them fair trade, but at least they own and operate their own farms instead of contracting out… so it’s a good sign. 🙂
Post # 16
Where I live there are lots of local variety stores (believe it or not) that have a vast selection of beautiful flowers. Maybe that could be a DIY source if the same kind of thing exists where you live?