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If you’re an eco-friendly guy and gal pair with a heart for the environment, why not express and share your values with friends and family on your wedding day? You can have a stylish wedding that is kind to our planet and a sustainable future with a few great suggestions on how to plan a green wedding.
We consulted a magazine article by Here Comes the Guide and an online article by Better Homes and Gardens for our inspiration, but there are also dozens of great green wedding ideas on Pintrest and the like, so have fun. A common thread of eco-mindfulness can be carried through your wedding from start to finish. Start by selecting invitations printed on recycled paper and cut down on the amount of paper you use by sending postcards for your potential guests to respond with. Here Comes the Guide also suggests using a soy-based ink for printing if possible to cut down on pollution. If you want to cut out paper and ink all together(and save $$$ too), you could send electronic invites through a service where your guests could respond with “Attending Yeah!!!” or “Can’t make it, but I love you.” J
Another cool suggestion we discovered was selecting a location that supports the environment (a nature preserve perhaps), or one that gives back to the community through education or culture (like a museum). Use recycled or repurposed materials
in your décor and choose a florist who is local and can help you select organic seasonal cut flowers or potted plants you can gift to your bridal party or guests. By keeping business local with all the vendors you choose, you can feel good about reducing gas emissions and supporting the locals. With catering, you can go vegetarian (lots of tasty options out there even meat-lovers will approve of) or you can opt for free range or naturally raised meat and poultry entrees. Selecting local and seasonal menus is also a simple way to help the planet and add a special flair to the time of year you’ve selected for your wedding celebration. You can choose to extend your day to touch the lives of others by donating left over food to local shelters and sharing your florals with hospital patients after the wedding. (Great idea Here Comes the Guide! Gold hearts!)
Now . . . what to wear? With vintage pieces being super popular you can opt to go green by buying a lovingly worn dress. You can purchase even modern couture gowns from charities like “Brides Against Breast Cancer” and be looking fab and feeling good for supporting a great cause. You could also save a wad by re-using a dress from a mom, grandma, or friend. Recycle, reduce, reuse eco-divas!
Sources used for this article:
Harrington, Jolene Rae. “A Nice Day for a Green Wedding: Advice for the Socially Conscious Bride.” Here Comes the Guide. Summer 2005:42-47. Print.
“Ten Tips to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding.” Better Homes and Gardens. Meredith Corporation, 2015. Web. 14 Jan 2015. < http://www.bhg.com/wedding/planning/plan-an-eco-friendly-wedding/#page=1>