Wildlife-friendly Wedding Guide


Follow your food’s example. Check out nurseries and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in your area for native, local, in-season and organic flowers.

Organically grown flowers won’t have any nasty pesticides and help support pollinator populations. Flowers that are native and in season are adapted to the local climate, so they require less water and other resources to grow. Using local flowers also means cutting down on the carbon cost of transportation.

Ellen Pautler
“My husband and I had native wildflowers at our wedding, courtesy of a native plant nursery down the road. The bouquets were seasonal, based on what flowers were growing that time of year, and it helped support a local business that keeps acres of native wildflowers and shrubs that wildlife and pollinators get to use throughout the year. It also introduced people to the idea that “weeds” can be beautiful, and I hope inspired them to consider native plant landscaping.”


Roses for rent? There are several services that (depending on your location) can help you cut costs by renting you real or silk flower arrangements. Real flower rentals coordinate with other nearby weddings couples that have the same flower preferences.

Bouquet alternatives. There are a lot of options to choose from instead of fresh cut flowers. Instead, get crafty with silk flowers (no worries about wilting), lanterns or potted plants that can be taken home and planted later.

“Instead of a flower bouquet, I made a brooch bouquet from flower brooches collected from thrift stores. It was a lot of fun to make and I can keep it forever since they aren’t real flowers.”


Spread the love. Donate your flowers to a hospital or nursing home after your wedding so they can continue to be enjoyed.

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Photo Credits (top to bottom): Ellen Pautler, Liz Warnek.