Weddings are beautiful celebrations of love but what you may not realize is the environmental impact your wedding can have on our planet. There are so many small things you can do that will add up to making a big difference.
1. Invitations and Stationery: Ask you stationer to use post consumer recycled paper. Even consider using plantable paper that your guest can plant in soil and grow wildflowers after your event.
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2. Think about wearing an organic wedding gown or perhaps have your mother or grandmothers wedding gown refashioned.
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3. Use organic locally grown flowers and greenery. Most florists import flowers from all over the world and those flowers are grown with all kinds of pesticides. Find out what’s in season and grown locally and use them for your floral needs.
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4. Reuse any wedding decor your friends or family may have used in recent events. Not only is this a green idea it’s also a great budget saver.
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5. Plan your menu around what is in season and local. The average American meal travels 1,500 miles! By buying locally, you will cut the travel of your menu down significantly.
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6. Register for green eco friendly items for your home. From organic sheets to bamboo bowls, there are so many options to choose from!
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7. There are tons of non-wasteful favor ideas like edibles, small potted plants, seedlings or soy candles. Any of these would be a perfect reminder to your guest to be conscious of their carbon footprint.
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8. Try to have your wedding and reception at one location. This will cut down on extra emissions if each of your guests have to drive to another location.
There are tons of online resources for you to find other ways to make your wedding green, so think about the impact of your event and what you can do to make your weddings carbon footprint smaller.
Are you having a green wedding? What ideas do you have on making an event greener?