How to Have an Eco-Friendly Wedding

November 26th, 201012:16 pm

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Wedding

So you can’t wait to get married, but you know that the whole “marriage” thing also leaves a lot of excess junk behind: scattered paper invitations, the fuel used by your guests to arrive at your ceremony and reception, the waste that naturally comes after throwing a huge party.  If you are looking into having an eco-friendly wedding, here are some ideas you may want to incorporate:

The Paperless Wedding Invitations

Those who are more traditional will definitely want to keep with the paper wedding invitations, but truth be told a lot of these wedding invitations are tossed the day after the wedding, or once your guests have gotten the directions to your wedding venue.  If you want to try to limit the amount of paper that is being wasted as a result of your wedding, you can try using electronic invitations!

A lot of wedding sites allow you to create email-style wedding invitations, and they also link up to a wedding website that you can personalize yourself.  The website will provide them with all of the information they need: the date, the venue(s), menu options, directions, and a section to RSVP.

TIPGrandparents and older guests may not be too Internet savvy, so you may still need to print out a couple of invitations.  You can create these yourself by using recycled newspaper and your printer at home.

“Green” Favors

There are a lot of options for eco-friendly favors out there.  One favorite is definitely a small packet of seeds.  You can request that your guests plant the seeds for a flower or a tree to help celebrate their growing love.  You can also give your guests mini trees to either plant in their yard or any where they choose rather than seeds.

If you like the idea of having a small little treat as a favor, try to choose fair trade chocolates and candies.  You can find fair trade treats in almost any major chain grocery store these days so it shouldn’t be too hard to find them.

The most paperless way to have favors is to set up a donation account with your favorite charity and encourage your guests to make a donation.

Flowers or… Not?

Did you know that most flowers that we buy from florists are not even sold locally?  Flowers often come from as far as South America and as close to the United States as Canada, but there are very few local USA flowers sold in stores.  If you absolutely must have flowers, seek out a florist who does grow flowers locally.  This may mean that your choices for what flowers to have at your wedding are severely limited, but this is the sacrifice an eco-friendly bride must make.

Not every bride needs fresh flowers.  Some brides choose silk or dried out flowers, while others go for something completely different.  Fans, feathers and umbrellas have all been used recently instead of flowers.  One wedding even used funky shoes that they found at second hand stores for the bouquet since the bride was such a shoe fiend!

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