How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding
We all know weddings are joyful, highly organized celebrations involving countless elements that all come together for one big day. Many eco-friendly brides find it difficult to reconcile their desire for detail with concerns for the waste that may inevitably be created.
But you can have it both ways! With the tips below, you can plan a gorgeous, romantic, and stunningly beautiful wedding while still taking care of Mother Earth.
Tip #1: Get married outdoors
Why waste all those watts when the sun gives you perfect natural lighting? Not only will you be helping conserve energy, your wedding pictures will be even more memorable with your location’s unique topography in the background. And for a neat twist indoors, try romantic candlelight!
Tip #2: Sustainable center pieces
Cut flowers are beautiful, but unfortunately, quite temporary. You can still have the look you want while keeping them alive by using potted stems. Consider herb plants as centerpieces. They’re fragrant and provide a perfect end-of-night gift for the dedicated guest.
Tip #3: Donate additional reception food
Why let all that amazing chicken and beef go to waste? Plan ahead and you can be sure a local food bank or shelter will be interested in any top-quality, left-over fare.
Tip #4: Suggest guests carpool to the reception
This not only helps the environment, but your guests’ pocketbooks too. With current gas prices, doubling and tripling up in cars will save a few clams. Even better, consider providing group transportation, if your budget allows. That way nobody has to worry about driving!
Tip #5: Look to what you have
Every good recycler knows you should never buy new what you can repurpose. Doubtless there are items lying around your house or apartment that would make interesting centerpieces, décor or favors. Even something as simple as an old Ball jar filled with colored sand can impress on your big day.