Going green is something that more and more people are trying to do. They separate out recyclable items, take reusable bags to the grocery store, and do whatever it takes to minimize their eco-footprint. Now, the trend is spreading to weddings too! In a lot of ways, planning a smart, eco-friendly wedding decisions can help your budget bottom line, like using locally-grown flowers. It costs a lot less than having them imported or trucked in from afar! Here are five ideas you can use to help make your wedding green:
- Choose a Local Wedding Site: By staying close to home, your guests won’t have to travel long distances to reach the main event. You might also choose to plan your ceremony and reception at the same place. This will eliminate travel between two sites for you and your guests, but also for vendors.
- Keep the Food Local and Organic: It’s not uncommon to see wedding menus filled locally-sourced foods that come from nearby family farms and eco-friendly growers. Go for local produce and smart-sourced seafoods in addition to responsibly-farmed meats, artisanal cheeses, and other food choices that come to the table without causing harm to the environment. Organic wines, champagnes and locally-sourced microbrew beers taste great and are of the same quality as the macro distributors we all know.
- Organic Flowers: Opt for in-season flowers that are locally-grown. This is the #1 focus of green weddings right now, since the carbon footprint of imported and cut flowers can be very high. Look for floral designers who specialize in organic florals for their bouquets, centerpieces and more.
- Eco-Friendly Rings: One of the best ways to save money is to see if any heirloom rings exist in your families. You can save thousands of dollars by wearing passed-down family jewelry pieces that can often be redesigned. Or, if you are going to get your rings from a jeweler, see if they have access to recycled metals.
- Give the Gift of Green: Instead of favors that often get left on the tables or discarded into the trash, why not select a favorite charity and make a donation in each of your guests’ names? Check out www.arborday.org, which plants trees all over the country with your donation. They will give you favor cards to put on the table and explain to your guests that they too are involved in your green wedding.