Wedding Planning For Sustainability

Wedding Planning For Sustainability


Wedding Planning for Sustainability

As more couples focus on sustainable or eco-friendly weddings, we wanted to help you with some tips for going green (and saving some too!):

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One venue. Having your ceremony and reception at the same location eliminates the need for all of your guests to drive to multiple locations, reducing the fuel used. If your ceremony takes place outside, that’s even better since you won’t use artificial lighting, heating or cooling for better wedding sustainability.

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Delicious and responsible dinner. Work with your caterer to choose locally grown, organic menu items. Organic foods do not use pesticides so they are great for the environment and your guests. Vegan and vegetarian menus are also becoming standard in wedding fare. Rather than throwing it out, ask about the option to donate the leftover food from your wedding reception. Many halls will work with Meals on Wheels or a charity of your choice.

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Be a smart consumer. Don’t register for things you don’t need: give your guests the option of giving donations in your name instead. Choose a few charities that you care about as a couple. You can also make a donation to a charity rather than supply wedding guest favors.

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Local, used, and vintage gowns. For the most sustainable choices in eco-wedding fashion, buy local, used, or vintage. If that isn’t your style choose outfits that are wearable outside of being at the wedding; think casual suits and summer dresses for your bridal party.

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Green centerpieces. Consider using potted plants for your centerpieces. Mixing plants of varying heights and colors add visual interest and can be planted in your new home. Mini roses or mums can also be used and replanted.

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Seasonal, local flowers. If you have your heart set on fresh cut flowers, work with your florist to create bouquets of local, seasonal flowers, reducing the transportation of exotic blooms. When the event is over, consider donating the flowers to a senior center or hospital. Some of the seasonal choices include:

Spring : Lilies, Lilacs, Peonies, Tulips

Summer: Calla Lillies, Daisies, Roses

Fall: Sunflowers, Asters, Gerbera Daisies

Winter: Amaryllis, Orchids, Pointsettias

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Use recycled paper (and less of it). The list of wedding stationary is quite extensive. Invitations, wedding programs, menus, place cards and more. Look for ways to reduce your usage and insist on recycled paper where you can. For an even greener approach, consider online invitation services. Consider digital save the dates, a table board instead of seating cards and forego menus at the plate. You’ll reduce paper consumption – and cost.

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Add candlelight. Candlelight creates a romantic feel and reduces overhead lighting. Soy candles are best as they are energy efficient and clean burning.

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Repurpose decor. Deck the table with heirlooms; vintage plates, serving pieces, and family frames will create a festive and meaningful table display. Books as centerpieces, ceremony florals at the reception and mason jar items are common choices.

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Something borrowed. Ask friends and family to lend their tableware, decorations, runner, vases, and other items for your wedding day. Reducing your consumer footprint is a great move for wedding sustainability.

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