the FI and i decided against using commercial flowers for any part of our wedding, due to all the unfair labor conditions. while the jury is still out on us using locally grown flowers, i think it makes more sense economically to not bother with flowers in general. i've been looking at a lot of flower alternatives for bouquets and centerpieces. i looked at wooden roses at first, but a lot of them are imported from china/southeast asia - so i'm back at square one with the potential human rights issue.
in case anyone else is in the same boat, i found these gorgeous satin origami flowers on Etsy (of course!) that i might go with. they are reasonable priced & handmade by a lady in NY, so i wanted to share them with the eco gals on here! another bonus - you can keep them for years to come as a keepsake. also a pretty little vase might be a nice bridesmaids gift tie-in so your girls can display theirs in their homes. here is the seller's link: http://www.etsy.com/listing/19704829/origami-vintage-victorian-rose-bouquet-1
and here's a pic:
what are you doing in regard to flowers and/or traditionally flower based items for wedding decor? i'd love to hear what everyone else is doing!