A couple’s wedding is one of the most important events of their lives. But when they are concerned with the impact their event will have on the plant, what options do they have? Green weddings are now the new chic, and with careful planning you do not need to make a big carbon foot print on the planet.
Location. Location. Location. Choosing a venue that is close to your guests will cut down on the wedding’s impact on the environment. There are venues that pride themselves on being eco -friendly; see what is available in your area. Consider having the wedding and the reception at the same place, will help you to stay in the green.
If your heart is set on a certain location, provide guests with transportation options. Rent shuttle buses to transport your guests, or ask them to use mass transit, or car pool. Communication is the key and let them know that this is important to you.
There are green options for the food and beverages at green weddings. Staying local is your best choice. Use a local brewery or winery for your alcohol choices. Find a caterer that uses local and organic ingredients to make their cuisine.
Another big impact on a wedding’s foot print is the invitations. There are many recycled and handmade options. If you are crafty, consider making your own. Electronic invitations are also a choice if breaking from tradition is not a worry.
Just because you are trying to stay environmentally friendly, does not mean you cannot make it personal as well. Grow your own flowers for the special day, or ask family and friends to grow the flowers and create centerpieces. Give your favorite fair trade chocolate as party favors or seeds to grow your favorite flowers.
Green weddings can be just as special as any wedding. There are many shades of green as well. If your venue is not as nice to the environment as you like, make up for it in other areas. Have your bridesmaids buy dresses that they can wear more than once. Be creative and keep the environment in mind and your day will be happy and green.