Flowers are an ever-important component in all weddings. The right flowers can add subtle accents, elevate a theme or color palette, or create a looming dramatic romance. And while paper or felt flowers are trending, the classic bouquet will never go out of style.
But, as with all things, they are subject to a little fine-tuning. Especially when it comes to localizing your wedding—especially in Colorado. Using local flowers in bouquets and arrangements is a popular idea, and we met with local florists to talk about the benefits as well as the trends that come with using local flowers.
Greening Your Bouquet
Using local flowers can make a positive environmental impact and be kinder to your wallet. “In regards to sustainability in the local Colorado cut flower market, there are a number of growers and greenhouses that supply a wide variety of locally grown blooms,” Owner of Fleur Décor Kristi Pohly says. Pohly frequents local greenhouses, saying, “It is becoming more and more cost efficient and environmental to cut back on shipping and transportation in the supply chain of cut flowers.” Pohly also recycles glassware from events and composts trimmings, she claims, “As a green florist, Fleur Decor aims to provide local product whenever available.”
Local florists often get requests for a “wildflower look” using Colorado-grown flowers. Passion Floral Design’s Amy Heinzmann said many brides this season “desire a colorful, wildflower look assembled in a loose and informal style.” This look can be mimicked by using seasonal locally-grown, cultivated flowers. Liz Carter and Lara DeBroux at Fiori Flowers visit local greenhouses, which makes it easy to create a “natural, Colorado look” while ensuring high quality. This can compliment any wedding, “especially if a bride is getting married outside and wants a natural look,” stated Carter.
Kick it Old School
The trend doesn’t stop at mountainous wildflowers, Pohly said, all things vintage are in this season, including flowers. The dahlia is “the hottest flower this season,” she said. Pohly says that many “brides are requesting dahlia bouquets because of the flower’s vintage feel.” The dahlia can add just the right amount of antiquated pizzazz to any classic event. And they can be grown locally.