This is what we are doing…many of them are so simple and save us time and money! I guess I should confess that I head up a sustainability program so practicing what I preach is really important. However, remember any small part by us all adds up to a big impact…
First and foremost, my engagement ring diamond was certified as a conflict free/cruelty free diamond, no way am I supporting anyone who would kill to make a buck!
Our wedding venue has obliged our request to plant two trees on their property in honor of our wedding…a loving gesture to us and to the environment.
All invitations/etc on recycled paper, no magnets that people will just toss
All local vendors utilizing all local/regional food items
Not giving out favors that will end up in a landfill, instead making a donation in our guests honor to two local charities
Arranging for all food (that can be) to be picked up by a group similar to second harvest so we limit waste.
We are getting married at a certified “green inn” of Vermont.
We are encouraging car-pooling from the Airport and other locations by setting up a ride share bulletin board on our website.
We are not purchasing anything that is plastic for the wedding including plastic water bottles.
All welcome packets will be a simple brown paper bag and instead of including information packets we have requested that all the hotels that people will stay in will have an itinerary available at the front desk. In the same vein we took a lot of time to include a ton of information regarding the area and attractions/things to do on the website. We will not be including any area brochures.
We are encouraging our guests to be responsible as well, we requested they not wrap our gifts to reduce garbage.
No physical response cards (this saves major time, money, and the environment) we are directing people to respond on the website or call us…what are you really going to do with all those response cards anyway?
We are using Hay Bales for our outdoor seating for the Ceremony which we will donate to a local 4H after the wedding. Our Venue loves this idea and so do we! The Inn has offered to provide us with linens to cover the bales with…additionally, hay bales help retain heat. Since we are having an outdoor ceremony in October in Vermont the warmer the better!!!!!
Garage sale finds, we have everyone we know scouring garage sales for candles, vases, etc. Reducing packaging makes a big impact!