(Closed) Eco-conscious wedding – looking for ideas!

posted 8 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I have nothing to contribute to your already amazing ideas, but kudos for this type of celebration!  I like your ideas.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Here are a couple things I can think of:

Soy candles
grow your own flowers
Borrow/ rent linens
use local beer, wine, & alcohol to cut down on travel

I’m sure others will have much better ideas.. Also, read Ms Veggies posts!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@PrairieGirl: For your carpooling idea if there are large groups coming from out of town you could select certain “contact” people and note them on your wedding website. Or set up a google doc type of editable document that could have cars listed and people could signup for them.

Instead of carrying flowers you could have bridesmaids carrying clutches/something else. There are lots of posts around on this. Also I’ve heard Brides say they didn’t have a boquet and didn’t miss it, they just held they’re dad with 2 hands and did just fine!

Great thoughts so far, best wishes!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You could ask for donations to charities instead of gifts if you’re really selfless 🙂

I read that some couples are donating left over food and cake to local homeless shelters.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Check for reception venues that are “green.”  You might be surprised, I found out our hotel had a “green” rating without looking eco-friendly.

We’re having flower seed packets as wedding favors.

I’m not sure how necessarily green it is, but making things yourself guarantees that it wasn’t made in an overseas sweatshop.

Definitely the best way to go is to consume less by getting things second-hand!

There is also “eco-fetti” for tossing, in case you’re interested. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

I would go for beeswax over soy candles, there’s very little American soy that isn’t GMO to be round-up ready, which makes it a pesticide/fertilizer/gas intensive process. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I would go with ecofetti rather than birdseed. It’s biodigradable, and not as wasteful. And you don’t get any sunflowers popping up where they shouldn’t be!

and about soy candles…they go bad! They rot, and it’s really icky. Beeswax all the way.

Maybe on your website you could have some “reduce you wedding footprint” sort of page or tips, so you could recommend the carpooling.

I am in Minnesota, so a pretty similar climate to Winnipeg, and with an august wedding, you’d have a long growing season if you really wanted to go for it and grow your own flowers. It’s a huge commitment, but can be really rewarding!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Oh my gosh, I am so jealous of your venue. It sounds fantastic! I wanna get married there! 😛

Some places also rent wedding gowns, or so I hear, if you’re having trouble with second hand. You might also be able to borrow from someone (I think my mom’s wedding dress is pretty cool and has a nice vintage vibe to it).

My friend’s wedding favours were recycled paper cards letting the guests know that a charity donation had been made in their honour. Everyone loved it because, really, who really ever remembers the wedding favours?

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Are there any farmer’s markets outside of the city (Baeusjour[sp?]/St.Anne??) I live just over the MB border in ON, and there are MAD amounts of flower sellers at the farmer’s markets in Kenora/Dryden, so I think that could definitely be an option for you in/around the Winnipeg area, just a matter of asking around maybe? Don’t forget to check around the village (Osbourne), there may be local florists there (or hippies) that know of places to get some farmer flowers. Farmer’s markets usually season from april to september, so you should be good in that respect.

As for dresses if you can’t find anything vintage/used/rental that you like look into eco fabrics. There’s a bit of a catch 22 on that though, the fabric is eco friendly, but transporting often isn’t. :/

As for other things, what about fabric napkins (no waste), and avoiding things that can’t be reused (i.e.: plastics/synthetics in decor or foodwares).

@troubled, really glad you brought up the soy GMO thing, ‘cos I was definitely going to jump all over that.

 

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