Five Tips for Having an Eco Friendly Wedding
Green weddings are in. Where it was once a difficult task to find any green-related wedding products, now you would be hard pressed to find a business that does not carry eco-friendly wedding products. Just incorporating as few as five eco-friendly elements in your wedding can have an impact on the environment and the good news is, you dont lose any style points because these elements are as beautiful as they are green.
Tip #1: Stay Close to Home
Choose caterers and flowers that are from your receptions surrounding areas. That way it reduces gas costs and helps the local economy. This tip is the same when choosing a nearby reception location in order to spend less gas. Sourcing local foods also has another benefit because the ingredients will be fresher and taste better. Better food means happy guests and that is what any bride and groom wants.
Tip #2: Use Pots
Tablescapes play a large part in a receptions décor. They usually feature starched linens and long-stemmed flowers set in an elegant vase. Well, the green tablescape can look just as elegant if you trade the long stems for flowers set in a beautiful flowerpot and you have an eco-friendly take on the traditional centerpiece.
Tip #3: Forget the Favors
Most favors end up in the trash or eaten before the wedding is over. Then the only thing left is the container. Favors arent very important to guests so why have them at all? You can save plenty of money and lower your footprint all by nixing favors. Yet, if you arent quite ready to bid adieu to them, you can always give out miniature trees. The Arbor Day Foundation sells customizable gift trees for your wedding, so you can have your tree and plant it too.
Tip #4: Recycle, Recycle and Recycle
Weddings use paper, especially when the brides and grooms send out hundreds of invitations. Fortunately, there is no shortage of gorgeous recyclable wedding invitations. These new kinds of recyclable invitations feel exactly the same as the non-recyclable ones, so you dont need to sacrifice quality in order to be green.
Tip #5: Combine Locations
Combining your wedding and reception in one venue reduces you, your guests and your vendors carbon footprints. Look for locations that have ample room to host both events comfortably. A bonus benefit of combining your locations is that it will inevitably cut down your stress on your special day since you wont need to run from one location to another.
Green weddings are no longer a fad, but firmly entrenched in the mainstreams consciousness. They prove that brides and grooms can throw a fun and beautiful wedding while being eco-friendly. Reducing your footprint has never looked better.