Featured in Bridal Fantasy Magazine
The key to an eco- and style- conscious wedding is to keep it simple. By reusing materials and accents, you can save money and save resources of the same time. Work with what’s nearby and in season and you can feel good about your efforts.
When choosing your site, choose something with significance. If you’re looking for an outdoor event, try a botanical garden or the grounds of a historical home in your area. You will probably even be able to find one that is run by a non-profit organization.
So many decorations! By decorating your ceremony site with items you can use at the reception- like arrangements that decorate the program area and then dress up your guest book table- you can save money a lot of waste. When your magical evening is over any pieces you can donate to a hospital or the local nursing home.
One of the most sustainable materials on earth is bamboo, and it makes a very modern-looking option for decorating. It can grow up to two feet a day so it takes only three to seven years to mature unlike trees! Use tall stalks of curly bamboo for centerpieces and lucky mini-bamboo stalks make a great wedding favor.
Okay, so there might not be a hybrid limousine available yet, but there are a lot of other options out there. Some great ideas are tandem bicycles, a canoe (if your ceremony is near the water) or something classic like a horse- and-buggy carriage.
A symbol of the natural world, wedding flowers are a great place to make some eco-friendly choices. Investigate the origins of flowers and think about the pesticides that might have been used. Were they grown in an environmentally way? Cut flowers result in a lot of waste. Talk to your florist about conserving- maybe sharing your blooms with another party.
Flowers that are pesticide free show off a flower’s natural beauty. Some flowers, like roses, are so genetically engineered that they need to be sprayed with an artificial scent. Organic roses smell exactly how they should. And if you can’t find a florist in your area with organic blooms, there are a lot of options on the internet.
Potted plants, flowers or even small trees can make wonderful centerpieces, which can be transplanted later on. Use potted tress strung with lights to enhance your dance floor, or use a flowering bush (like hibiscus) to hang escort cards from.
EXTRA ECO TIPS:
- Find a vintage or used gown, then dress it up with accessories.
- Choose a dress made from organic cotton, silk or hemp- these materials are much eco-friendlier than a lot of other materials are much eco-friendlier than a lot of other materials.
- Rent your wedding gown
- Sell your wedding gown after (either through eBay or a local consignment shop)
- Rent the men’s formalwear
- Create a wedding website to keep your guests up-to-date on all the happenings with your wedding
- Use fewer programs, menus, etc- print one per couple or table, instead of one per person
- Encourage your guests to use gift bags that can be re-used
- Let your guests know you are having a ‘green’ wedding and how they can do their part
Your goal: support local nurseries by looking for locally grown, seasonal blooms. Talk to your florist to figure out what flowers fall into this category so you know what you can chose from. Using herbs, greenery and berries, you can do a lot of fill in.