Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips and Ideas
Going Green With Your Wedding
Now more than ever, brides and grooms are looking for ways to make their wedding day as environmentally friendly as possible. The key, though, is to pull it off without looking like you’ve skimped on your big day.
Wondering how can a couple plan an earth-conscious event and still make it upscale and elegant? Here are some ideas.
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Choosing a Venue
There are little things a couple can do to cut costs and save resources. Having an outdoor wedding instead of renting a huge hall will mean using less electricity for lighting and air conditioning.
Of course, you’ll have to weigh the benefits. Will guests be comfortable outside in July without air conditioning? Perhaps it would be better to have a fall wedding outside. Considering a few different options is always a good idea.
Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors
The Paper Products
You’ll be needing invitations, place cards, programs and other printed materials. Be sure to choose recycled paper or paper made from other sources such as hemp. It’s easier than ever to find alternative sources for paper products. You can even select soy-based inks that are biodegradable.
There are also flower seed wedding favors, which are great for guests to take home and plant beautiful flowers in your honor. They're great, and great for the environment as well.
One of the biggest expenses in wedding planning is the bride’s attire. It’s a lot to spend on a dress you’ll wear once. Why not recycle and reuse?
Today, there are so many fashionable alternatives to an expensive new dress. Savvy brides shop consignment stores that sell perfectly wonderful dresses that are pre-owned. The quality of these dresses can rival the quality of those right off the rack.
It may take a little more time to find the perfect eco-friendly gown, but by allowing yourself time to meander through various resale shops, you’re sure to come across a marvelous selection. You can put that extra cash to use elsewhere.
Going Green With Favors
Go Vintage for Rings
Another big expense is the rings. Gold is at an all-time high, and the gold mining process can be very harmful to the environment. Many antique stores sell vintage wedding rings that are charming and elegant. You can often get a vintage piece for a fraction of what a brand new gold wedding ring set would run.
Vintage wedding rings can also be found on eBay and other online sites that specialize in antique jewelry, and it’s the ideal way to recycle!
You can also opt to purchase rings that are made from "green" metals such as eco-friendly gold or platinum. Here are a few companies that offer eco-friendly wedding rings:
- Brilliant Earth
- Green Karat
- Green Oro
It’s customary for the bride and groom to register for gifts they’d like. However, most brides find they end up with duplicates anyway and selections they’ll never use. Do you really need two fondue pots?
Instead, ask that wedding gift baskets be donated to charity in your names. Set up an account with a local organization that feeds the needy and have donations go there, or send funds to an organization that provides disaster relief for hurricane or tornado victims.
Suggest the cash go towards providing filters for countries where the water is not safe to drink. There are hundreds of ways the gifts you receive can go towards helping people and the environment.
You can have parents spread the word or print the name of your favorite charity right in your invitations. And if you do receive duplicate gifts, you can always donate them to a shelter or Goodwill where they will be put to good use.
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Instead of using expensive cut flowers that last only a day, why not use plants to decorate your reception? Guests can then take the plants home and replant them. You can choose from many varieties of foliage and blooms that will look elegant and then fill the gardens of your guests afterwards. You can do a combination of hanging baskets and urns and pots for a very romantic garden feel.
If you plan ahead, you can even grow them yourself or ask family and friends for donated plants from their own homes. Use personalized wedding vases to plant your homegrown flowers for a special touch.
Another choice is silk flowers. You aren’t cutting down any live flowers and you can reuse them or donate them to a church or nursing home that will enjoy displaying them. You’ll save money if you buy them in bulk online.
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