Board #192 | Garden Charm (Earth Friendly #3)

What would a week of earth friendly inspiration boards be without a charming garden board in green?!

Mood: fresh, charming garden
Palette: green, white

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Top row from left: sweet pea bouquet from The Knot, ceremony design from Oh How Charming, Lark Creek Inn via Here Comes the Guide, ivy favors via {frolic}
Row 2: table from Fete NY, cherry mojitos from Martha Stewart Weddings, cake by Perfect Endings, plant-able invitation by Round Robin Press
Row 3: vintage dress via Ocean State Bride, arrangement by Floret Flowers (photo by David Perry), Edwardian ring from Fay Cullen, photo by Gertrude & Mabel

10 Ways to Go Green:
1. Grow your own bouquet! I’m not going to pretend that I would ever take on such an ambitious task, but I know there are some die-hard do-it-yourselfers out there who would jump at the chance. Sweet peas make for a simply beautiful bouquet; other types of flowers (peonies, say?) would be a trickier endeavor. But if you have your date set, and you’ve given yourself plenty of time, or if someone you know has an incredible garden and green thumb, it’s a special way to go green.
2. Line your ceremony aisle with pots of living plants. You can either use them later in your own garden or home, or give them as gifts to your wedding party. Potted ivy wrapped in paper and ribbon make sweet favors for your guests, and if you want they could even act as centerpieces if you cluster them together.
3. Choose a caterer that uses seasonal, local and organic ingredients. The Lark Creek Inn is not only a lovely venue, it is one of the best restaurants in my hometown, using seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients. Search Portovert for green catering options in your area.
4. Cover your tables with delicate vintage linens. Search for them at antique shops and flea markets, or ebay (always a great resource).
5. Bottled water is a huge source of waste, so instead serve water in glass bottles that you’ve already used. Clean them, remove the label, fill them with water, and chill. If your local water isn’t too tasty, take the time to filter it yourself.
6. Beautiful little cakes can do double-duty as centerpieces, either on their own or surrounded by small floral arrangements. This example is adorned with delicate sugar flowers; real, non-toxic flowers would also be a pretty cake topper.
7. Send your guests invitations that will grow! Round Robin Press makes adorable letterpress invitations from organic cotton, with wildflower seeds embedded in the paper. Instead of throwing it away or keeping it around to create clutter, your guests can plant the invitation and think of you when flowers pop up!
8. Wear an heirloom dress. If your grandmother, mother, sister or aunt still has her wedding dress, have it altered to fit you. Or, you can have a seamstress or tailor incorporate details from the antique dress into a custom dress for you: lace trim, buttons, etc. And if you want to wear a vintage dress but don’t have one in the family, check out Vintageous or Posh Girl Vintage for some fun options.
9. Non-floral decorations are by no means the only way to go green. Choose a floral designer who uses organic local, seasonal, sustainably grown flowers. Erin from Floret Flowers emailed me some photos of her beautiful work, and shared this insight with me: There are other ways to go green with wedding flowers besides not having any or using paper blooms. I am an organic flower grower/floral designer and use a minimum of 80% local and seasonal flowers in my work. It is very possible for brides to have their florists source local blooms for their big day especially since wedding season and the peak local flower months coincide perfectly.
You can expect to see more of Erin’s beautiful work in future inspiration boards!
10. Vintage is green, and that goes for jewelry, too! This gorgeous Edwardian engagement ring is an amazing example. You can go vintage for any of your accessories, and feel good about making an earth friendly choice.

PS – If you love the bicycle photo by Gertrude & Mabel as much as I do, share the love! Go vote for it in the photo contest at Pacific Weddings by tomorrow, April 25.


  • Kelly says:

    that ring is unbelievably beautiful. i’ll take one in a size 6 – thanks!

  • Krista says:

    I’m so happy that your budget weddings truly are budget – not those fake magazine “big savings!” lists that always seem to include $300 shoes. (instead of $1,000, I assume is their reasoning). THANK YOU! for being realistic.

  • Bliss Event Group says:

    I LOVE this post! The cake picture from the Martha cover is one of my favorite images.

  • Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after
    I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyway, just wanted to say superb blog!

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