One of my couples from last year (I’m a photographer) had a really green wedding- it was awesome.
Their "registry" was a list of things they were looking for, so if anyone saw them at a thrift store or garage sale, they were encouraged to pick them up. It included wooden spoons, stainless steel pans, ect.
Their centerpieces were green and brown wine bottles, glass dishes from thrift stores, ect. Even the guests helps by saving and looking for things throughout the year.
Their "cake’ was actually a dessert table with sweets made by family members- with favorite family recipes.
Rather than her own bouquet, the bride gave each member of the bridal party two flowers. She collected one of them from each attendant, and tied her own bouquet at the altar- this signified the affect each of them had had on their lives to make them the strong couple that they were. All the girls wore a dress that they picked out in the correct color (different styles) and were asked to make sure they’d wear it again. The guys wore slacks, dress shirts, and ties- which they would wear again.
They even went to a football game in their hometown and picked up the heavy plastic cups after a pro football game that would have been thrown away. Then they washed and sanitized them all and asked their guests to use them for the beer keg.
Their wedding and reception were held at a site that is certified green by Travel Green Wisconsin, and used sustainable green practices. (If you are in Wisconsin, check it out: Justin Trails resort. It’s way cool. :))
Lastly, their wedding program was printed. BUT it was printed to be a keepsake- it had all the dessert recipes, explained how they were trying to be "green" and why it was important to them, information on where to buy carbon offsets, stories about how they became friends with each of their wedding party, and the story of how they became a couple. And how great was that program? It was so great that I actually kept it- and I was just the photographer. AND… I might add that I even made one of the recipes in it! lol
If anyone has any questions, feel free to email. I walked away from that wedding feeling like i needed to make more of an effort to be green. So- you could all ask your photographers to provide digital proofs rather than printed ones, so you choose which prints will be printed on paper and use chemicals. Then you get the ones that mean the most to you, rather than some that might not mean anything.
Whew- that was a long post! 😀