Go green at your wedding
Who says weddings can’t be eco-friendly? If you’re eco-conscious, here are some great ways to “go green” at your wedding while still hosting a fabulous affair:
A great way to be socially conscious and eco-friendly is to choose a venue with a purpose, such as a cultural center, a historic home, an arboretum or botanical garden, or a museum. Many of these types of organizations are nonprofits – so you can ask them how the rental fee is used. You’ll feel good knowing your money isn’t going into deep pockets but, instead, is being injected into the location’s upkeep or education programs and benefiting the community.
Table numbers are a must so guests know where to sit, but you can go flower-free with your centerpieces or let them do double-duty. (For some great flower-free centerpieces, read our post detailing a wide variety of different options) Provide chic potted herbs, succulents or other simple and pretty greenery or flowers for guests to take home after the wedding – adorn the pots with custom gift tags, thanking your guests for being part of your big day. Another great sustainable option is bamboo, which will be modern and elegant as a table centerpiece as well as eco-friendly. If you can’t live without the flowers, choose a florist who sources his or her blooms from a local farmer. Here a great flower-free, book-themed centerpiece option featured on Style Me Pretty.
For your favors, you could consider succulents for your guests to plant, or even adorable packages of seeds. These favors are not only eco-friendly, but they could also represent your blossoming love as a couple, if you want to get sentimental.
If you want to have wedding bands that are conflict-free, make sure to ask your jeweler if his or her diamonds are Kimberly Process-certified.Or, choose an alternative option. Go for an antique ring or a custom-designed ring – it doesn’t have to have diamonds; it only needs to be meaningful to you.
Provide transportation for guests to get to the wedding and reception together. Have a central pick up point – at a local hotel, for example – and provide a shuttle for guests to take, rather than having them drive individually. This is also a safe option if you’re planning on having alcohol at your reception.