Top green wedding tips
Throwing an eco-friendly wedding is easier than you think, and may actually help you save money.
Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 16:48
A GREEN AFFAIR: Using local floral varieties in your bridal bouquet is eco-friendly and easy! (Photo: Molly Canfield)
Weddings are usually all about tradition. And traditionally, the color associated with weddings is white. But how about throwing a little bit of green in the mix?
Having a big event like a wedding be completely eco-friendly does not seem like the easiest feat. Many guests have to travel from hundreds of miles away; there will likely be leftover food, and lots of waste from the weekend. Often times the eco-friendly dress isn't the dress of your dreams, and you have so many things on your plate to plan that it might feel like more of a hassle to try to plan them greenly. It may feel impossible to make your entire celebration carbon neutral, but there are many aspects of a wedding that you can easily turn green.
Eco-friendly weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and what a good thing, too! There are many ways to green your wedding: using biodegradable decorations, invitations made from recycled paper or that have seeds imbedded in them and bridal gowns made with organic material. These are just a few examples of what wedding planning couples can incorporate to make their big day a great one, for them and for the planet.
I recently got engaged, and have already spent way too many hours searching the blogosphere for photographs to give me some wedding inspiration (green and non-green). It seems that lots of people are giving their weddings a vintage style feel — wearing vintage wedding dresses, serving drinks in containers made from recycled glass and seating guests at tables made from reclaimed wood. Flower petals and bird seed are popular eco-friendly and biodegradable alternative objects with which to shower the newlywed couple.
Consider the food: When possible, think about asking your caterer to use local ingredients (they are usually cheaper, too!). You may want to offer less meat options as well (this can also cut down on costs).
For flowers: Ask about local and seasonal options. For D.C. weddings in the spring, you could include cherry blossom branches into your centerpieces. Or if your wedding is in the winter, you could get creative and use dried flowers. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, think about incorporating nearby wild flowers in your décor.
Party favors and wedding party gifts can also be easily green-ified. And don't forget all the green gifts you can register for!
If you're planning a wedding in the D.C. area, here's a website that can help you get started on finding green vendors.
If anyone has any other helpful green wedding sites, blogs, or advice, please share — I'd love to hear it.
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