(Closed) What wedding products are out there that do good? – read on

posted 8 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

A lot of people end up donating their flowers to an assisted living or nursing home, which can brighten up a lot of people’s days!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Wow.  It sounds like you a really committed in your regular life–good for you.  I try to eat organic and things like that but I have no patience for second-hand stores.

Anyway, on to your question: 

1.  Venure–We are getting married at an aquarium which has all sorts of feel-good benefits to it.  A portion of our fee is a donation to the aquarium, they emphasize organic and sustainable food (in particular, sustainable fisheries), and they have composting and a rain collection system.  They’ll also have interpreters there during cocktail hour to talk to anyone who’s interested about marine life.

2.  Caterer–our caterer is included but our emphasis all along was on finding an organic caterer that specialized in local, seasonal ingredients.  Or at the very least, a regular caterer would would do that for us.

3.  Favors–don’t have them.  No one takes them home and it is extremely wasteful.  If you want to do something, make a donation to a charity that is important to you.  (That said, we will have favors.  I didn’t want to, but my mom wanted to make jam.  It’s a very sweet gesture and it is cute.  Plus it is huckleberry jam so it is something particular to our region.)

4.  Stationery–I hope to find some great recycled stationery.  I’ve also heard of people using paper from alternative materials (elephant dung, anyone?) but for our wedding, which is pretty formal, I don’t think we are likely to find anything that looks right.

5.  Flowers–get whatever is local (this will also save you money).  Also, consider only having personal flowers (bouquets, etc) and doing non-floral centerpieces.

6.  Vendors–hire vendors that give back–either through donating their services or money.  For example, our photographers give 1% of profit to the american breast cancer foundation.  I’m also planning on going to a charity auction for brides-to-be and hope to get a lot of the vendors (or at least extras) that I am less picky about there.

Those are the main ones that I’ve thought about.  Good luck.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

very inspiring! i’m also trying to be environmentally friendly when it comes to the wedding, but it is tough (and sometimes pricey). so far we only have the venue, which is a museum and the fee is really just a large donation…

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think you should also think about the full cycle of your wedding. Everything I choose for our wedding I made/bought/created because I loved it. (Yes, I say “I” b/c my Darling Husband couldn’t have cared).  If I was going to purchase something it was either going to be used already (rummage sales lots of times) and/or I had an end use post-wedding in mind.

For example there is a fabric I really wanted to use for my runners which I have always loved. Yes, it’s weaverly, no, there is no environmental positive outcome for me buying this fabric. BUT it created a lasting memory. I have already created pillow cases, place mats, and fabric covered cards which will always serve as a reminder of our wedding day, and bring the day into the present and future.

To be honest I don’t know of many ‘do good’ wedding focused companies. I think if you want to ‘do good’ while still planning a wedding it’s to reuse before and after. Don’t newly purchase, repurpose. Best of luck! Hope you find some ‘wedding good’ out there!

 

We didn’t do too much but just some things we did do:

-grew our flowers

-collected jars & vases from local sales

-local food

-create carpools to reception

-no gift wrap on registry items

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh, and you might want to read Mrs. Veggie’s blog posts if you haven’t already as she was very eco-supportive in her wedding planning.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can definitely buy your dress on consignment – I did. Also buy decor on craigslist and resell.

We suggested places people could donate instead of giving us a material present.

Buy local – flowers from a local farmers market, caterer who buys from a local organic farm. Our favors were lip balm from local bees.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@peacegrl099: I could be wrong, but check out Mrs. Pencil’s posts.  I think she was able to find plantable paper that was created by a non-profit organization.  Here’s her post http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/02/26/pencils-plantable-invitations-the-final-product/

 

Also, I don’t know if you mentioned this but you can look into getting your wedding rings from Brililant Earth or Diamonds for a Cure

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

The site Global Girlfriend has a ton of great stuff for BMs gifts! I also got luggage tags from there for our honeymoon luggage :).

This is a great thread, I’m glad it was revived!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Macy’s allowed us to link our registry to a charity of our choice.  If your gifts are purchased through a certain link, they donate a percentage. 

We chose the ASPCA, as animal causes are very dear to our heart.  Every dog I have ever owned has been a shelter dog.  My avatar pic is our puppy, Toby.  We adopted him in 2008 and he is the best dog in the world 🙂

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