(Closed) Are you taking any steps to make sure that your wedding is eco-friendly?

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Post # 4
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m just beginning the bulk of our planning, but to this is what I have to start with:

-I got my bridal magazines through FreeCycle, and plan on passing the to someone else when I’m done. 

-I’m making my thank you cards with DIY recycled paper and using vegetable based ink.  (I will probably make a fun post about this later!)

-Our menus and table numbers will be in 5X7 frames that I already own, and new ones that I plan on gifting to our parents with photos of us/them on our day…

-Seating assignments will be in larger frames out front during our cocktail hour, and those will be for our home to display gallery style our favorite wedding photos. 

– The rehearsal dinner is at a restaurant that uses locally grown/organic food (and is also a micro-brewery) 

This is all I have so far. My wedding is in November and I’m trying to work out ways to make the bridal shower/favors/floral arrangements etc more “green”.


Post # 5
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would like to say that I wanted to, and the choices I’ve made have “less” negative effects on the world than other choices I could have made – but I am somewhat disgusted in myself for some of my choices that aren’t very helpful to the world (how my dresses are made). Having a wedding a more traditional way (invites, dresses, tuxes, ceremony, reception, food, etc) seems to be an automatic big negative on the environment.

Although they weren’t specifically meant to, here are mine so far:

– smaller wedding guest list = smaller impact all around

– one page invitations, no Save-The-Date Cards and email/phone RSVPs. This was actually a conscience decision, but it was really about money, too.


Post # 6
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@danadelphia: I’m also planning on doing the things you are (pending FI’s approval Tongue out) with the RSVP online

I am also doing a few other things:

  • Planning on getting my dress used. Haven’t decided on which dress I want yet but I’ve been trying on dresses in person to see what I like and will then look for it used online.
  • I will be giving my BMs a color for a dress but will then encourage them to buy something that they will use again. Or even better, hopefully the color I chose will be close to something they already own.
  • For my centerpieces I have be collecting glass jars and bottles from stuff that I’ve used that I would normally recycle. I plan on wrapping them with either scarves from the thrift store that I can reuse or wrapping them in fabric scraps I have. 
  • My mom loves to garden and I’m going to see if she wouldn’t mind starting a garden of perennials that I can use for my flowers and then they can keep blooming year after year. If this doesn’t work, I’m going to make paper flowers out of scrapbook paper scraps I already have.
  • I plan on either getting my jewelry from a consignment store, borrowing from a friend, or having my mother make these. I am also having my mother make a veil from left over tulle she has.
  • We are minimalizing the amount of decorations we are having and instead are looking for a site that is gorgeous on it’s own. Right now we are looking at an arboretum because it has gorgeous gardens and an old mansion and the fee gets donated back to the organization to keep the gardens growing. 
  • We are also forgoing favors, or if we do favors I think we might give a packet of seeds that the guests can plant.
  • For food, I ideally want a local caterer using local foods. I am vegetarian so I would like the majority of the food to be vegetarian (though Fiance is definitely NOT vegetarian and will probably make sure he gets his meatTongue out).
  • We are also choosing to hold our ceremony and reception during the day so we can take advantage of the natural light and not have to use extra electricity (and go figure, it’s cheaper to rent too). We are also planning on holding our wedding in early fall, so hopefully we won’t need to have air conditioning or heat running.
  • We haven’t decided on renting china or not but if not, I’ve been considering using compostable dishes and silverware. I’m also going to encourage our caterer to use tap water. 
  • I really want to donate any extra food we have after the reception to a local food shelter, but we’ll see if logistics allow this. 
  • We are encourage guests to park at the hotel and we are going to have a shuttle taking them to and from the venue (safer for those drinking and less carbon emissions)
  • I think the main thing is that we are trying to either borrow, buy used, or find a way to re-purpose all the items we use in our wedding. And if we can’t we are planning on selling it so that some other bride can benefit from it. 

Post # 8
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m trying to put as much info online as possible…not sure how this will go over with the older folks. I’m not sure how else to help….your thread above overwhelmed me, this is a start 🙂

Post # 9
12 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

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!









Post # 10
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The diamond in my engagement ring is “used” – we bought from a local jeweler who buys and resells diamonds. It is also a Kimberley certified diamond. Our wedding bands will be of as much recycled gold as our designer can do.

The caterer is using local vegetables and meats from an organic farm.We’re having local beer.

We are using Verterra plates and corn flatware and composting everything.

We are buying used tablecloths and centerpieces from craigslist and reselling them. (not much decor needed since it’s outside in a garden with mountains in the background) Our centerpiece flowers are local (pretty) weeds.

I got my dress used and will sell it afterward. Bridesmaid can pick their own dresses and will hopefully wear them again.

We are using limited paper in our invitations and have a website for most info. We’re recycling all paper, plastic, metal goods and using as much recycled paper as possible.

If we do favors they will be lip balm from a local beeswax company (with custom label for us).

Ceremony and reception are at the same place.

Outdoors = less electricity used

Wedding gifts are optional and we have several donation options on our registry.

What’s not eco-friendly

We are having programs to explain Jewish tradition.

Almost everyone is flying in, but we’re trying to arrange carpools from the airport and to the site.

Post # 11
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our wedding is at a nature conservancy.

Our florist uses only locally grown and in-season flowers.

I am trying to keep our invites down as much as possible – only the invite and RSVP postcard.

Our escort cards double as our favors, and will hopefully be used by most – they’re bookmarks.

We’re providing the jars/bottles used for the centerpieces, all are used.  Votives will also be used, our caterer is providing them from her stash.

No decor for the ceremony . . . we’re letting nature do the decorating.

And, whatever we have leftover from the wedding, I am planning on selling or donating!

I’m also keeping all extraneous projects and items to a minimum.

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