Tips for an eco-friendly wedding.


Your glass for the evening. (Photo: Lisa Rhinehart)

The idea of having an eco-friendly or so-called ‘green’ wedding has become mainstream. And that’s a good thing. Just because you are having a party doesn’t mean you have to produce a ton of waste. If you are a recycler you’re going to want to continue reading.

One of the biggest causes of waste at a party is disposable anything – dishes, napkins, utensils, and don’t forget those disposable cameras. Instead use real glasses, china, flatware, and napkins. Not only does this save on waste, it is much more elegant. While non-disposables do use resources, specifically hot water and labor to wash them, the energy used to manufacturer and ship disposables, along with the impact of tossing them in the trash is greater.

You might even consider giving your guests just one glass, assigned to them for the evening. They can even write their name on it, or label it in some way.

I like the hot new term ‘locavore,’ which is the practice of eating locally grown food. Consider local sources not only for food, but just about everything – you are reducing your carbon footprint, and supporting your neighbors and community.

When decorating, avoid anything that will wind up in the landfill. Real plants and flowers are biodegradable and beautiful. Centerpieces that are worthy of reuse are a good investment. Very ‘green.’

Go paperless with your invite. Today it can be done in style using websites such as Paperless Post  or  Greenvelope.

If giving favors, go with consumables with minimal packaging. Local jam, maple syrup, potted herbs, soaps, or a charity donation are just few examples of eco-friendly gifts. (See my Pinterest board for ideas)

Having your ceremony and reception at the same location cuts down on travel and thus fuel.

Your walk down the aisle is a powerful thing, so be thoughtful about it. Use your wedding to express your values. If caring about the environment is part of your worldview, make a statement through your choices as you plan your wedding. Every little bit counts!


Are you a 'locavore' ? (photo: Lisa Rhinehart)

Thank you once again Lisa Rhinehart! for the gorgeous photos!

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