Spring is here so I thought it would be a great time to talk about green weddings. I do not mean the color green, but eco-friendly weddings. Your wedding is an important event in your life, but this does not mean you have to forget about the environment. There are many different ways you can have your dream wedding and feel good about it.
Lets start at what many brides think is the most important part of their wedding, the dress. Instead of running to your nearest bridal salon, go to a vintage shop. If vintage is not your thing, then try to reuse a dress previously worn. Brides Against Breast Cancer is a great option for finding a previously worn dress in modern styles (For info for Indy’s BABC Sale, Click Here, for other areas go to www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org). The best part is that you can find a great gown and the sale goes to help grant wishes for stage IV breast cancer patients.
A great option for centerpieces is to use plants that can be replanted. You can even be more green by using your centerpieces as your guest favors. You could create a centerpiece will eight small potted plants that guests could take home to plant in their gardens to remember your wedding day. What a great way for guests to take a part of your wedding home.
The really good news is that when guests take the flowers, you have less to clean up because your guests have taken your centerpieces.
Instead of picking any flower, choose flowers that are locally, organically grown. Today more and more farmers are working towards a better environment and growing items organically. By choosing one of these farms, you are getting a flower you know has not been sprayed with harmful chemicals. Also, if you find farms that are local you save the environment from harmful transportation effects.
It use to be that if you wanted recycled paper for your wedding invitations, you were picking from a very small bunch. Today the invitation industry has finally realized that you can have eco-friendly AND beauty. Look for invitations that are from recycled paper and try to minimize all the paper you need.
Today almost everyone has email and Save the Dates can be forwarded this way. If fact, there are companies out there that specialize in emailed Save the Dates. Find a free service, or create one on your computer to cut down on paper waste. Also, you can have guests RSVP electronically. Again, they could email you or many of the free websites you can create for your wedding day activities also allow you to track RSVPs. By sending these items out through email, you are saving the amount of paper being used and you can save money by not having to pay for these items.
These are just some of the ways that you can help make your wedding eco-friendly. Enjoy your wedding and have the piece of mind that you are not hurting the environment.