- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2016
I’ve been struggling a bit about ordering centerpieces and bouquets for our wedding. Prices in my area seem to be really high (around €1000 for all centerpieces, bouquets and bouts) and I just don’t really want to spend all that money on something that will be thrown away. I also don’t want to DIY flowers, since I helped with that as a bridesmaid for a friend’s wedding and it was awful (think one hour before the ceremony and the MOB, bride and 5 bridesmaids are frantically trying to put together new bouquets/centerpieces because the flowers died overnight). I also am not even sure I want to have bouquets, since our ceremony is just 15 minutes long … the bouquets will just be really expensive photo props.
As I was browsing online, I came across these free trade, big felt flowers that I’m thinking about using for both the centerpieces and as something guests can take home. They’re made by an organisation in Nepal that teaches at-risk women trade skills in order to break the cycle of poverty in the area. Most of the proceeds from the sales go directly back to the artisans.
I just thought this could be a nice way to use our wedding to support a good cause, which for me is preferable to fresh flowers (though I do prefer the look of fresh flowers). The way I was thinking about doing it was to have 6 or so flowers in vases per table, and extras decorating a “favors table”, which would also have the guest book and a little description about where the flowers come from. During the dancing part of the reception, the table settings could be moved to this area so guests can just take what they want.
There are different types of flowers, but the ones I found in real-life photos look like this:
I know not every guest will take a flower, but this is true of pretty much all favors so I’m not too worried about that. I figure the ones who like them can always just take a couple extras or I could try to re-sell them if we end up getting stuck with a lot of leftovers. I just wanted to get some reactions to see what others thought of this idea. My bridesmaids really like it and my mom seems to be on board, but they’re all pretty laid-back and just say I should do what I want.