Small environmentally friendly wedding plans add up and become part of the greater effort to sustain our planet. And you can be part of that effort without sacrificing your vision of a perfect wedding day. You can have an earth-conscious wedding by asking yourself a few questions as you make choices for this most special of days.
- How does this choice affect our increasingly fragile planet?
- Will it add to our current overload of waste?
- Can I recycle, repurpose or sell the item later?
- Is there a choice that would lessen the carbon footprint of our wedding?
Stationery for the Green Wedding
Today there is a choice: invites or e-vites. E-vites will save paper. No doubt about that. But it need not be all or nothing.
Keep in mind that the invitation sets the tone for the wedding. A traditional wedding calls for a traditional invitation. If you want to keep with your green theme, use recycled paper and vegetable-based inks. Or use seed paper. If you do not know about seed paper, you are about to be amazed, as will your guests. Eco-friendly paper is embedded with seeds, such as wildflower vegetable and herb, and your guests get to plant their invitations. In a week or two, the seeds will sprout. What a fabulous memento of your wedding!
Your RSVP cards can be postcards that don’t need envelopes and use less postage. Or you can have your guests reply on your website. Likewise, your save-the-date cards can be sent digitally.
Eliminate invitation inserts by directing your guests to your wedding website for additional information, e.g., directions to the wedding venue.”
Sustainably Grown Flowers
Flowers may be the most natural part of your wedding décor, but they are not necessarily eco-friendly. Out-of-season or exotic flowers imported long distances, particularly from other countries, cost our environment in toxic emissions as well as cost you more money. Use local, in-season flowers for the freshest ethically raised flowers that are the best quality at the best price.
Use fewer flowers by incorporating more greenery into your bouquets and decorations. Potted flowers, such as orchids, spray roses, primroses and African violets, plants, succulents or topiaries can act as whimsical centrepieces. Let your guests take them home to be replanted.
Dried flowers are another option—one that is becoming increasingly popular. You may have bouquets and arrangements made completely with dried flowers, or you may add some fresh flowers into the mix. You can make or purchase the dried flowers long before the wedding day and keep them for long after.
Eco-friendly Farewells for the Bride and Groom
Balloons have been a part of our celebrations since we were children. So why not have your guests send you off with a sky full of colourful, joyful balloons? Because balloons return to earth as ugly litter, potentially lethal to our precious wildlife. Same with sky lanterns—a moving sight against the nighttime sky, but they also will end up as litter. There are other ways to put that exclamation point to your wedding.
Who doesn’t love to fly a kite! Picture the colourful fabric and beautiful designs floating through the sky and dancing in the wind. The best part is that they can be enjoyed for long after the wedding.
Remember blowing bubbles through the wand at birthday parties when you were a kid? Now there are “extreme bubbles.” Your guests blow giant bubbles and let the breeze carry them away—millions of huge, beautiful iridescent bubbles!
You can have a creative wedding experience rather than go the “cookie-cutter” route while being committed to preserving our natural world for future generations.
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