Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day & "Green" Wedding Tips

You can incorporate several elements into your wedding planning to make your wedding more eco-friendly.

  • Use biodegradable seed paper for your invitations; when planted in soil, they grow wildflowers.
  • Wear a vintage or previously owned wedding dress. Places to find vintage dresses include consignment shops, thrift stores, or auction websites. Some bridal shops also may specialize in the restoration, recycling and resale of wedding gowns.
  • After the wedding, think about donating your wedding gown to charity. There are charitable organizations who donate proceeds from used wedding gowns to their valuable work.
  • If you have your wedding and reception in the same location, it will lessen automobile emissions into the air.
  • Instead of renting a limousine or Hummer, try using a hybrid, compact car, or even a horse and buggy for a more unique, old-fashioned vibe. If two separate locations cannot be avoided, you can request that your guests carpool on the invitations or hire a shuttle bus.
  • Use local and organic food wherever feasible, and donate extra food to a shelter. Use local, seasonal flowers for the ceremony and reception. Another option is potted plants, which can be given to guests for replanting or donated to a local hospital or professional nursing facility.
  • Consider giving your guests wedding favors such as packets of seeds and bulbs, promoting sustainable and renewable agriculture for the planet.
  • Set up your bridal registry at stores that sell organic cotton, recycled glassware, bamboo home d├ęcor, and the like, reflecting your green lifestyle and values as a couple. As another option, you could request that your guests donate to eco-friendly organizations rather than giving other wedding gifts.
  • Check out this unique company that will make a ring out of a pebble you found on the beach he proposed on...
  • Check out this men's ring incorporating a pebble found on a beach...