Green weddings

Much has already been written about so-called ‘green’ weddings. The idea of creating a less wasteful, more environmentally friendly wedding celebration is a good one, but not easy to do. Don’t let that put you off from making even small decisions that are good decisions.

It's green because they can wear them again! photo: Michael Straub Photography

Here are a few tips:

Consider an on-line RSVP when possible – eliminating some paper. I know wedding invitations are beautiful and I understand why anyone would want to have a lovely paper invite, so when going this route use recycled paper.  You can put additional information such as directions or events, accommodations, and other details available on-line.

Flowers in season! This not only helps reduce the carbon footprint (did you realize flowers are flown in from all over the world?) but also saves money.

Favors.  Don’t give something that will get tossed out, or has lots of packaging. Consider making a charitable donation, or giving living plants, seeds, food or beverage items; something that is useful or lives on. Local cheese, beer or wine, or local hand crafted items help support the ‘buy local’ approach.

Recycling – do they do it at your venue? Ask! Whenever possible don’t use disposable products… real plates, cutlery and glassware are nicer anyway, and will help minimize waste. There are companies that make plates and such from recycled materials. This is particularly good to know for a DIY backyard wedding.

Clothing. Sounds shocking, but consider buying a pre-worn dress.  You can a lot of bang for your buck and with some alterations it can be outstanding. Or donate your dress to a good cause, such as Brides Against Breast Cancer.  Speaking of clothes, why not encourage bridesmaids to buy dresses they can definitely wear again. The same goes for shoes (see photo).

Local food sources – ok, this is difficult! There are not many restaurants, resorts, hotels or other venues that will work with you on this, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

By making even one small choice that considers the environment you do make a difference and send a message to your family, friends and loved ones that expresses the values you share and bring to your marriage.


Thanks to Michael Straub for the photo 

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