how to throw a GREEN wedding
- Go Local – Food & flowers grown nearby require less transportation, support local farmers, and are fresher! Go organic…all the better! Take advantage of the decorating & tabletop items you have on hand.
- Marry by Day – Exchange vows outdoors in the afternoon thus keeping electricity costs down. For an evening reception, consider using softly glowing soy or beeswax candles.
- Think Small – Throw a more intimate event which requires fewer resources and thus less waste
- Give Earth-Friendly Favors – Skip the throw-away trinkets for a donation in guests’ names to an organization that you support. Of if you like, try tiny potted herbs, tree seedlings www.arborday.com or edible gifts such as fair-trade coffee www.groundsforchange.com or organic chocolate www.globalexchange.org
- Save a Tree – Print invitations on recyled paper with soy based inks
- Keep it Close – Try to find a location where you can hold the ceremony & reception without driving a long distance.
- Pay it Back – Purchase carbon offsets from NativeEnergy, a vermont company that uses proceeds to fund cleaner, renewable-energy projects, such as wind farms. (You can even donate in guests names.)
- Recycle – Talk to your caterer to set up a plan to recyle bottles, cans & papergoods. Be creative, what else can be re-used? At our wedding, my husband (who is a potter), threw Raku pots which held beautiful orchids as centerpieces on the tables. When the night was over, each orchid in a personally made pot was a lovely gift for our bridal party. Whether they do double duty or not, consider donating your blooms. Look into finding someone who can take your bouquets / arrangements to a local hospital, homeless shelter, non-profit office or a retirement home.
- Go all out – Dont’ think for a moment that to be green, you have to be boring. ** Check out some photos from a faboulous Sasha Souza Green Wedding ** and see here more info from Sasha on how to plan a Green Wedding. http://sashasouzaevents.blogspot.com/
www.ecochicweddings.com – Anderson’s site is full of ceremony & reception ideas
www.portovert.com – links to everthing from resouce-thrifty honeymoons to organic make-up
www.pancakeandfranks.com – handmade / recylced invitations
www.californiaorganicflowers.com – Locally grown organic flowers
www.eco-limo.com – eco conscious / hybrid limos
www.3rliving.com – eco friendly wedding gifts
Want more info? Tree Hugger’s Guide to Greening your Wedding.