Edible San Diego Slow Wedding Guide
Welcome to the dawn of the Slow Wedding. So, what is a Slow Wedding? Well, it’s a wedding that herakens back to the time when weddings were styled with what was locally available, and the decor, flowers and food for such an event were sourced from close to home. A Slow Wedding is San Diego bespoke at its finest, and it doesn’t have to break the bank or have a carbon footprint the size of Nebraska.
In terms of wedding traditions, there is nothing greater or older than the tradition of showcasing flowers. Lucky for you, according to the San Diego Farm Bureau, cut flowers are one of the top 10 agricultural commodities produced in the region. Picking your flowers can be one of the bigger tasks of wedding planning, and one of the biggest chunks of your wedding budget, so let your floral arrangements set the seasonal theme of your Slow Wedding.
Spring and summer weddings are the time for loose, billowy, romantic arrangements, while fall and winter arrangements should be more refined, less free-form and ornamental. Of course, these are rules that you don’t need to follow as you can expect many varieties of blooms available year round in our region.
In terms of picking a color palette or determining any theme for your wedding, start with your flowers, as you will want to use what is locally and seasonally available. Knowing what will be coming into season in advance will fuel inspiration. In the early spring months, bouquets and arrangements can be seasonally adorned with traditional blooms including tulips (so highly prized they once existed as a form of currency), narcissus, sweet peas, and ranunculus. Moving into late spring and summer, you can look forward to incorporating bright sunflowers, lilies, peonies, and snapdragons. You will want to look for blooms like lisianthus in late summer through early fall months, along with zinnias, dahlias, and celosias for greater range of color. Late fall brings seasonal blooms like pumpkin peppers, chrysanthemums, and anemone for December wedding dates.
You can be more hands-on or even DIY with your flowers. Selecting flowers from a local farmer’s market to create your own arrangements saves money and allows you to look for more exotic flowers and fill unique to the region (like proteas and pincushions from Fallbrook) but may give you less choice with design and blooms.
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