Eco-friendly, green wedding are a wonderful trend where the couple decides to decrease their wedding's impact on the planet. and you can incorporate "green" into your wedding day at any level. Below are some ideas and resources for your "green" or eco-friendly wedding. It is not necessary to go overboard and create a completely eco-friendly wedding if that is not your lifestyle, but every minor contribution helps.
*Recycle products (cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles and bags) used at your wedding.
*Print notes on recycled paper.
*Use caterers who cook with organic foods.
*Shuttle your guests or encourage carpools to reduce the amount of cars used.
*Minimize transportation by holding your ceremony and reception in the same location.
*Use LED lights.
*Donate your food and/or flowers to hospitals, churches, shelters, etc.
*Reuse your flowers for your events following your wedding, such as the day-after brunch or in your hostess suite.
*Rent real glasses, dishes, and cloth napkins, to avoid using disposables.
*Use biodegradable, compostable dishes and flatware made from cornstarch, sugar cane, or tropical leaves.
*Use local or organically grown plants and flowers.
*Print invitations, menus, place cards, programs, and thank you's on 100% recycled PCW paper that has been processed without chlorine.
*Use on-line invitations, a wedding web site, and/or a wedding blog for your save-the-date, to let people know about the bachelor/ette parties, rehearsal dinner, wedding events, and gift registry.
*Use biodegradable confetti or wish lanterns, or organic rose petals for the ceremony recessional.
*Provide eco-friendly guest favors.
*Use digital cameras for your candid photos instead of disposable table cameras.
*Invite fewer guests to decrease their non-renewable impact on the environment.
*Hire professionals who are eco-friendly.
At this wedding, we used stones and local orchids to decorate the aisle path.
Here are some resources for your eco-friendly wedding: