A single orchid, upside down, in an oversized cylinder. An autumn bouquet of red and orange chrysanthemums. A bowl of fish who nibble at the white lilies floating above them. All of these cost money, enough money to feed a local family for a month. All of them will be wilted, faded, – or in the case of the fish – dead within 24 hours.
There are two ways to avoid the fate of these ephemeral flowers.
(1) Use silk flowers
(2) Forgo flowers
These who chose option (1) can still have bright bouquets and beautifully blooming centerpieces. There is only one difference – the large tag on each arrangement which proclaims, “This arrangement is from _______ gamach, and must be returned at the end of the wedding. Do not take the flower arrangement home.” By placing those prominently throughout the room, you are telling your guests that you think they are crass enough to steal fake flowers.
On the other hand, you can go with option (2) and be bold, hip, and edgy: you can go flowerless. By leaving flowers out of the equation you can cut down on planning stress and strife, save money, and refrain from letting your relatives know just how cheap you think they are. Instead of holding a bouquet for the walk down the aisle, stand tall and poised and no one will notice the lack of blooms. Getting rid of all those flowers at the bedekin and chuppah will make it less hazardous for high-heeled bridesmaids and unsteady grandparents alike. Do away with centerpieces altogether, and allow guests a clear view of each other without peaking and peering around a bushel of flowers. If you must fill the table with something, arrange a basket of food with a card noting its donation to the local food bank after the celebration. A food basket will cost less than flowers, brighten up a table, and still feed a local family for a month.