A green wedding is here the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the environment. Green weddings can be just as chic and gorgeous as conventional weddings, but without the “waste”. They can also help you save money. Whether you incorporate just one or two earth-friendly ideas or go completely green; remember that every choice thats green can make a difference, going “green” has environmental, social, and economic benefits.
Everything from wearing organic silk attire, locating a venue that practices green procedures in cooking & disposal or using local florists who provide prestige-free florals…there are lots of ways you can add earth friendly aspects to your wedding ceremony & reception…here are a few:
Invitations ~ paper is used for everything from save-the-dates, invitations, RSVP cards, seating programs, menu cards, seating cards, thank you cards, and more. Couples are finding ways to cut down the use of paper; instead of including separate paper for reception cards and maps and directions to the wedding, use a wedding website. Or try a chic one-page invitation with a detachable response card.
Beauty and Make-Up ~ using all-natural beauty products or seeking out a “green” salon for your wedding day will be much better for your health; traditional make-up and hair products use toxic skin that the skin absorbs…going green make sense for not just your wedding day but for every day as well.
Photography ~ digital photography offers a paperless and chemical-free way to capture your event. Green photographers go steps further by using rechargeable batteries, non-toxic inks, 100% post-consumer waste paper and recycling. Your proofs are also visible online as well as photo galleries for guests to enjoy.
Food and Beverage ~ using in-season local or organic foods while supporting the local economy is the biggest way to incorporate this lifestyle into your wedding. When available; provide wine, beer, and other beverages made in the area to add some extra local flavor.
Favors ~ making a donation for each guest to a cause that is important to you is a thoughtful favor. If you are set on giving a gift try edibles, small potted plants, or wax candles.
We hope these tips help you decide on if using some eco-friendly wedding aspects are right for your wedding.
Best wishes & happy planning ~
Melissa Fife @ Events by Missy & Company