(Closed) Did you have a “green” wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Pearl S. Buck House

I’m trying my best to have a green wedding!

I got my dress as a sample from Bridal Garden in NY (a non-profit that gives their money to a charter school in Brooklyn!) and my venue is the Pearl S. Buck house, which is part of Pearl S Buck International. I feel like we are at least using our budget wisely. We get joy out of our purchases for one day, and the money goes to charity.

I’m using local, independent vendors, recycled paper invitations, and my family and I will be yard sale and thrift shop hunting for centerpiece containers and other details. And for all the stuff I can’t manage to keep green and guests driving long distances, I plan to offset our carbon footprint at carbonfund.org.  

The best part of trying to be green is how it guides my decision-making. It’s a lot easier to plan when you can narrow down you options or if you feel really great about a cause. 

Post # 4
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's Grandparents’ Ranch

I’m doing my best on being as eco-friendly as I can, We will be using recycled material for almost everything on the wedding. Yes we are using paper, but it’s all recycled and most of it donated by my designer friends. I’m making my dress of recycled fabric and our friends will be borrowing a lot of things too 🙂 I don’t feel good about real flowers, only if they are on a pot, so I’m making my own clay bouquet.

I agree that is all about the decisions you make, and if that makes you feel better go for it!

Here’s where I share all my process   http://kenandjoy.blogspot.com/

Good luck! And happy planning

Post # 5
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

joylucero- I looked at your clay flowers, very very cool! I had no idea what to expect, but those are beautiful!

I too was weary of using cut flowers, so I am making ribbon flowers for the corsages, boutonnieres, and bouquet. We are planning on using potted plants for decor (our venue is a lodge in a state park so its very fitting). 

We are planning on using recycled papers for the invitations too. 

 I haven’t really thought all the details out, but I am feeling really guilty about the fact that we will probably use disposable tablware (because I’m not sure if anything else is feasible for our location). 

Post # 6
7053 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re going to use alot of plants and flowers (potted) for decorations (along with some arrangements from the florist).  The idea came from seeing Nectar and Co. on Southern Living’s website..they’re doing something unique and totally green for event planning!

I love it!  The plants will be reused and bring healthy O2 into the environment and we’d reuse the container arrangement on the back deck for added colors or give some of them away to bm’s and friends!

We’ll probably do half real plants and flowers (potted) half florist.

I’m going to give it a green go if I can somehow! 

Post # 7
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's Grandparents’ Ranch

@ Bamboo: Thank you!!!!! I’m really exited about them (blushing) and your ribbon flower idea sounds really cute!

@bellenga: Thats really great that you are having your flowers potted great idea, and i bet they are goin to look so nice

Post # 8
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We’re trying to do as much as we can!  All of our centerpieces will be made from cut wine and beer bottles, and we’ll let any guests take them home to use if they want – or they can just be recycled!  Our florist is getting flowers from a small local farm and we’re using recycled paper – and as little of it as possible – for invitations.  We’ll also go the e-RSVP route!  We’re also going to be picking the hosted beers and wines from the wide selection of sustainable breweries and wineries in our area, and our reception location really emphasizes Minnesota food.  We’re not doing favors – just donating to the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, an amazing part of our state that some of our most significant relationship moments have happened in and that we’re both passionate about protecting.  Our guests will all appreciate it too since they’re certainly no strangers to canoe trips in the BWCA.  

We feel a little guilty about the things we COULD do better (like I could have found a pre-worn dress) but we’ll be buying carbon offsets too to help.  

Post # 9
908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Our caterers are using a lot of local produce.

I tried to order recycled paper when I could for invitations/envelopes.

We are only using cut flowers for the bouquets and boutineers, the centerpieces will be candles and we are using locally grown potted plants for decor.

I didn’t really go out of my way to look for "green" options but when given a choice I choose the "greener" one as long as it wasn’t a huge expense.

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