It's nearly impossible to find flowers fresher than those grown in your own backyard. More and more people are discovering the joy of planting and tending a home vegetable garden, so why not take it a step further? Brides who plan well enough in advance can easily (and inexpensively) produce a selection of elegant blooms in time for the big day. Tulips, hydrangeas and even pansies are just a few of the options that look gorgeous and smell divine as part of bouquets or centerpieces.
Novice floral designers should research the best uses for each type of flower. Pansies, for example, are best left to centerpieces since their stems are too short for bouquets and they don't fare well out of water for long periods. It will also be necessary to enlist the help of friends and family prior to the big day, when the arrangements will need to be assembled and transported to the ceremony site. Brides who produce, cut and transport the flowers a short distance have already increased the environmentally-friendly factor of their big day.