Protecting the environment is increasingly important, but luckily, it’s also increasingly easy. If you and your soon-to-be-spouse plan to host an earth-loving celebration, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of ways to do so, because there’s no reason your dream wedding can’t be a green wedding, too. Here, a few favorite ideas for executing an environmentally- and socially-conscious event.
KEEP THINGS BIODEGRADABLE
Disposable and biodegradable serve ware, vessels, and utensils can be a great way to stay organic. Nowadays, there are several companies which products are all-natural compositions, which make them suitable for compost and thus perfect for food trays, favor wrappings, and to-go boxes.
CHOOSE AN ETHICAL RING
Green wedding planning can begin as early as ring shopping. Choose an antique diamond, or go to a dealer who is committed to obtaining precious metals and gemstones in ways that are socially and environmentally responsible. You can even be as creative as choosing a different material for your rings.
PICK A SUSTAINABLE WEDDING VENUE
Get married locally, or wherever most of your guests are based, to reduce the amount of fuel your event exhausts. If becoming newlyweds farther afield, recommend to your loved ones that they carpool on the special day, cutting down on gas and maybe encouraging new friendships along the way.
USE RECYCLED PAPER
Save-the-dates, invitations, programs, menus, and thank-you cards can quickly add up to a whole lot of paper. Look for recycled options, when possible, post information such as directions on your wedding website instead of using an additional piece of paper.
Cut down on your carbon footprint by hiring local vendors, and buying local and in-season flowers and food. Regional touches serve double-duty to bring together the theme of your party.
RECYCLE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS
Let your arrangements live beyond the wedding day by donating them to a nursing home, hospital, or shelter through organizations. Either these organizations use them to brighten someone else’s life or will resell your flowers and give the proceeds to the charity of your choice.
Many food banks across the country will pick up chilled leftovers of unserved food from your rehearsal dinner or reception. Speak with your caterers in advance so they can make the necessary arrangements. If they have done this before, they may know just whom to call.
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