(Closed) Green Wedding anyone?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
2385 posts
Buzzing bee

There are a lot of people who do. Consider doing email invites/rsvps and that kind of thing. 

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Just to clarify: you’re talking both the *color* green and the concept “green” = environmentally friendly?

We used green as our wedding color (both DH’s & my favorite color, so it was a no-brainer) and we aimed at a relatively traditional wedding, but a little more relaxed than many: we didn’t want anything wasteful or opulent. We just wanted a warm, happy, family-focused vibe – and it was wildly successful!

For the wedding party, we asked the ladies to pick out whatever green dress they liked, ideally one that they would be able to wear again. We left it wide open for them to use one that they owned, borrow one if they didn’t want to buy one, etc. In practice, it turned out that my two sisters picked out very similar dresses, and they *did* go out and buy brand-new bridesmaid dresses, which I had intended for them not to have to do, but, hey, when you leave the field wide open, they can choose to do that, and they did. They were happy with their dresses, though, which satisfied my main goal: less headache for me! For the guys, we asked them to just wear a black suit and pick out a green tie (again, one that they already owned or would be able to wear again).

A few other things we did to keep it green and environmentally friendly: we worked with a farmers’ market florist and gave her fairly free rein to use flowers of her choosing within our color scheme; she is an organic grower and sources her non-homegrown flowers organically. For centerpieces, we used framed family photos and little potted (live) ivy plants, which doubled as guest favors. Each table had a little note saying, “Ivy is a symbol of friendship and marital fidelity; it is also a beautiful houseplant. Please take these ivy plants home at the end of the evening as a “thank you” for celebrating with us,” etc. They were a hit! We had a few left over at the end of the evening, but not many.

One thing you might want to keep in mind if you’re doing a March 17 wedding: all the St. Patrick’s Day kitsch will be out in full force. You could end up with TONS of green, but you might want to try to limit it to certain shades/keep the shamrocks and leprechauns to a minimum, etc.

Here’s a pic of how our wedding party looked:

Post # 6
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@GreenWeddingCinderella:  Hi! Welcome to the bee!! I also care a great deal about the environment, and I’ve tried to incorporate sustainability into all of our wedding planning. Our family is pretty traditional so we are having a large wedding (120 guests!) with a Protestant ceremony, but I have tried to minimize our footprint on the environment with the ceremony and the reception.

Here are some of the things we’ve done:

  • A lot of my older relatives are not techno-savvy, so although I would’ve loved to send out e-cards instead of paper save-the-dates and invitations, that would’ve left a lot of relatives in the dark. So I designed the invites myself, and I had them printed by CatPrint (a small family company based in Wisconsin that has many green practices) onto recycled paper, and mailed them out in recycled envelopes.
  • We won’t have menus or many paper products. Instead I’ve made chalkboards that list this information. The chalkboards are made from frames I bought at thrift-stores and regular old chalkboard paint. We’re going to reuse them as decor in our home after the wedding.
  • We chose local, seasonal food for our reception menu, and we’re having our rehearsal dinner at a restaurant that serves local food as well.
  • Our cake is being made by the mom of one of the groomsmen, and she’s using organic supplies (organic flour, eggs, etc.).
  • All of the decorations I’ve made are from paper that can be recycled or used after the wedding.
  • Our venue provides china and real silverware, so we won’t have to throw away disposable plates, cups, and utensils after the wedding.
  • We chose photographers who care about the environment (their company name is “Mustard Seed Organic Photography). They will give us all of our wedding photos on a USB drive made from (renewable) bamboo once they’re done editing them, and they design photo albums to be printed on recycled paper.
  • I’ve arranged for the wine and beer bottles consumed at the reception to be dropped off at the nearby recycling center after the wedding.
  • Instead of a traditional registry, we registered at VivaTerra and Are Naturals, two online websites committed to selling fair-trade, green products, and we only registered for things we really need. We also opted out of gift wrapping, so as our guests have been sending us gifts from our two registries, they haven’t come gift-wrapped. Both companies also have awesome (minimal) packaging, which makes me much happier.
  • We didn’t choose plasticky favors. Tea is important to my fiance’s (Persian) culture, so we are handing out glass test tubes filled with loose organic tea. The test tubes can be recycled once the tea is consumed.
  • I’ve bought as much used things as I can so I can recycle wedding stuff that’s already out there – used veil, used shoes, used cake-cutting set, used burlap runners, cloth napkins, lawn games, etc. (And I will resell these things after the wedding.) And our centerpieces are small clusters of vases that I’ve found at thrift stores, and I’ll re-use them to decorate our home after the wedding.
  • We’re getting married outdoors under a huge oak tree, which I think kind of symbolizes our passion for the environment.

I hope that gives you some ideas!

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