Originating from the idea of creating a wedding bouquet that would last longer, non-traditional dried flowers are becoming the latest trend, explored by couples that care about environmental sustainability. Majority of the popular wedding flowers like roses, hydrangeas, and peonies used in the United States are grown in Columbia or California, and shipping them results in a carbon footprint. Fresh flowers also need constant refrigeration and water to last for the short while that they do; whereas, dried flowers can last as decorative pieces for years without water. Faux flowers are also less costly and time-consuming, but there is no getting around the fact that they are not real.
Along with the low-carbon footprint and biodegradability, dried flowers are being used to create beautiful COLORFUL rustic décor for tablescapes, ceiling décor, and ceremonial arrangements. They are being used in combination with pampas grass and greenery to create new looks for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Bought in bunches, wreaths and as individual stems, genestra, gypsophila, and phalaenopsis orchids are very popular. One risk with dried flowers is that they are extremely brittle and can be damaged if packaged and shipped.