Flowers may look great, but they're usually not very environmentally friendly. The stems you order from your local florist are often bought and shipped from other countries, which, aside from granting those beautiful blooms a pretty sizable carbon footprint, often means they're coated in pesticides and other dangerous chemicals. Not surprisingly, many environmentally focused brides have started using locally grown organic blooms in their ceremonies. Others, however, are not using flowers at all.
So, what can you use when you decide to forgo flowers? Everything else! Ivy plants and vines, bamboo, spiral bay and topiary trees, and various hanging and planted ferns can all be used for environmentally chic arrangements -- and everyone knows how trendy it is to be green! Plants with wide leaves, such as magnolia, maple and hosta, work well for bouquets and can be accented with feathers, jewelry, faux fur or virtually any other decorative element we've mentioned. You can also use natural accents such as berry branches in your bouquet -- just be sure to keep them away from your dress.
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