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I’m planning an environmentally-conscious wedding and I know there is one Bee (Mrs. Radish) who planned an enviromentally sustainable wedding! I’m curious if anyone else is planning a green wedding… right now I’m trying to balance my beliefs and traditions/ expectations of weddings (at least within my family & family friends). I’m pretty sure that every suggestion/ idea I come up with that my mother & sister roll their eyes…
At this point my ideas are: 100% post-consumer recycled paper invitations, living centerpieces (bulb flowers or something like that) where people can replant them and possibly having enough on each table where they can act as the favors, or for favors, passing out saplings or seeds. I’m sure there are more but I can’t seem to think of them!
The hotel states that they are "environmentally responsible" but honestly, I don’t know at this time exactly what they mean by that. I would hope that the produce they purchase is locally grown… The rehearsal dinner, ceremony/ reception & hotel are all at the same place so the only travel is to the actual site & home again.
Any ideas or suggestions would be great!
Post # 3
for christmas, my siblings and i exchanged eco-friendly gifts. my sister sent us all "seed" cards – it was a gorgeous greeting card and on the back, it explained that you could plant the card and it would grow flowers! coolest thing ever. i forget the company name though.
there are very cool recycled sea glass vases and china you could use for centerpieces, but very expensive. your programs/menu/seating cards could all be recycled/plantable as well.
Post # 4
Thanks! I’m thinking that I might skip the menu, or print one up on posterboard and put it on an easel. I’m thinking of using either rocks or possibly shells for the seating cards… not sure about that yet!
I’ve seen those vases! They are awesome but expensive. http://www.uncommongoods.com has some great recycled vases and bowls. They make great gifts though 🙂 And I looked into invitations with seeds in them as well… also a great possibility 🙂
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We’re doing a lot of what you already recommended as well as a "fake cake". It saves on using energy and it’s recycled! You can rent them for so much cheaper than what you’d normally spend and can always opt for an alternative in your desert options.
Best of luck!
Post # 7
I’m sort of doing something similar- I’m kind of re-cycling things I am using for the wedding/reception.
I bought pashminas from pier 1 for 2.50, and will use them as table runners. After the wedding, I’ll re-use them for curtains in my girly room in my house (of course with minor sewing involved)…
I’m using ball/mason jars that my family and friends have collected for years, also I’m repurposing the Naturally Fresh dressing and O’Charley’s dressing jars by saving those also (FH and fam are addicted, and now so am I). I’m using recycled paper where able (envelopes, table number cards, place cards, etc).
I’m baking my own organic cake. There is no local company willing to do it and really- most importantly, it is easy and TONS cheaper! I’m getting the flour, milk, butter and eggs from a locally owned company (i.e no transport- less gas emmisions) and using all organic processing. And it’s fresh. Sugar I’ll have to get from Fresh Market to ensure organic-ness of it!
I’m growing some flowers in my own yard, and will try to use those for my bouquets if my gifted silks from my aunt don’t come through (only organic and pet friendly pesticides when I absolutely need them). I have two lemon and two lime trees and a few hibiscus bushes planted in pots (I’m renting so I refuse to plant them in the ground until I own!) and we will use those for decoration of the ceremony & cocktail hour spaces.
Dresses- although this isn’t technically "eco-friendly" it is excess friendly, which in my opinion decreasing waste and excess (spending, owning, using, etc) is eco-friendly. I am having a cotton dress made, and my Maid/Matron of Honor is wearing a dress that she most certainly will wear again. I figure this is eco-friendly b.c she won’t have some dress she paid tons for that had to be made in some country, shipped to the us (oil/fuel), wear for one day (waste of materials) and shoved into the back of her closet (waste of space!) never to be worn or seen again.
I’m sure there are other things, but these are the current projects.
Post # 8
You may want to check out greenglass.com for some great products using reclaimed wine bottles. They have votive holders, vases and hurricane lamps that would work well for centerpeices as well.
My sister had a green wedding and purchased trees from http://www.americanforests.org/planttrees/ to be planted in the areas where trees are needed most. They have numerous "campaigns" that you can donate to and then leave a note for your guests that a donation has been made in their honor.
I hope that helps
Post # 9
Talk with your caterer and see if they will work with a local soup kitchen to take all the left overs (including extra ingredient from prepping the meal). There is ofter so much left over after a cater event and most often it goes to the dump.
Post # 10
I helped a friend of mine plan an outdoor wedding, and potted plants work great!! We used it first to line the edges of aisle, and then after the ceremony, carried it to the reception where we placed them on the tables as centerpieces. Then the guests took them home to plant. It was a great triple duty idea!
Here’s some pics to give you an idea:
Post # 11
we are also doing live plants that we are growing ourselves as favors/ table decor. i think we will have some cut flowers as well but drastically less than a huge floral (altho really pretty!) centerpiece. i think doing a website for the majority of your info instead of a lot of invitation inserts is also a bit more sustainable (less paper/ printing). right now im really torn on the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses- i always pictured reusable Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses but #1 choice right now is NOT a reusable dress & shipped from afar. im probably selling my dress post-wedding so that will be a sustainable step as well. reduce reuse recycle!
Post # 12
i’m trying to incorporate green ideas into my wedding too. it’s hard to keep everything green for the wedding but i’ve tried to do my best with what i have and spent already. so for centerpieces, i’m collecting glass jars and wine bottles and using those for vaes. for my save the dates, i ordered plantable seeded paper that grow into wildflowers. also, i have tons of fabric collected throughout the years, i plan to use for tote bags for my bridal party that they can reuse as grocery bags or anything. i selected dresses they can definitely wear again. for my wedding dress, I am wearing my mother’s dress and for my reception dress I bought a sample dress.
For the cake I went with an up and coming cake designer who is willing to use organic ingredients for the cake. For food, we are going through a friend and asked if he can use mostly organic ingredients too. We’re having our ceremony at a historic landmark, so the fees we pay will help up keep the building.
For the wine glasses, I will tag them with the guests names so they stick to one glass.
For transportation to the ceremony to reception site, we’re shuttling our guests. so try to encourage carpooling to the wedding so less gas and cars are used.
Invitations, programs etc.. I’m making sure I use recycled paper on most items if not then print on the back to recycle the paper.
Post # 13
Oh I wish I had read these posts months ago! Our wedding is all vegan so that is as eco-friendly as you get! 🙂 Both of us have been vegans for over 10 years and my traditional indian parents were afraid of the food not being good enough! lol! We got a great Indian caterer to make the food vegan and at the trial everyone loved it! I think it’s a great idea to expose people to a variety of foods…oh and if anyone is interested in knowing why vegan is so eco-friendly, there is a great site http://www.chooseveg.com that explains all the reasons. Basically, animal agriculture is one of the worst contributors to env problems in our world today, not to mention horribly cruel to animals! 🙁
Also, we have decided to donate some of the money we are getting to charities we believe in as well as donate $$ to charities in honor of our guests as wedding favors. I think it’s a nice idea and sets a wonderful example!
Anyhow, my wedding is next week (eek) so we’ll see how it goes!
Post # 14
There are so many ways you can include green elements in your wedding! I have put together a collection of stories and pictures form other couples at http://realgreenweddings.blogspot.com/ of check out Portovert(www.portovert.com) – the green wedding magazine. You should also check out the look book at http://www.thegreenbrideguide.com for drinks, favors, menu cards and more eco-friendly product links. For books and articles to inspire you see http://greenreadingroom.blogspot.com/
Post # 15
so many great ideas…!
i just wanted to add that if you’re planning an eco-friendly wedding, you might be interested in this contest, in which you can win $500 towards your honeymoon. All you have to do is send in an entry – essay, song, photo, video, etc. – about how your wedding will be environmentally-friendly and fair trade. it’s part of a campaign by workers who make suits for Men’s Wearhouse and Moores. Here’s the website with the info: