10 Tips To Make Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly

Go Green with your wedding. From “borrowing” items to offering only locally sourced foods, there are may things you can do to have a more environmentally friendly wedding. Being eco-friendly isn’t a one time thing, its a way of life that you can incorporate into your wedding. Many companies are more aware of the impact certain choices make on our environment and are now able to accommodate different requests to make the event more “green”. Here are 10 tips that you can incorporate into your wedding to make it more eco-friendly.

  1. Be Conscious Of Your Jewelry Choices – When purchasing your wedding jewelry, especially your engagement ring and wedding bands look for companies who offer “conflict free” or “blood free” diamonds. Additionally, gold mining is one of the dirtiest in the world, producing twenty tons of mine waste just to make one gold band. Shop at Certified Fair Trade/Eco-Gold / Green Gold jewelers to minimize your impact, or ask your grandparents or family members for vintage pieces from their collections to use.
  2. Select Eco-Friendly, Recycled Paper – Paper plays a big role in your wedding: from invitations, to the RSVP cards, escort or place cards, menu cards, thank you notes, even the non-linen napkins at your cocktail reception. Select recycled options where available or items that were produced from sustainable resources. When selecting the ink for these products opt for soy based inks.
  3. Select From Local Food Sources – Have your caterer purchase the produce from local farmers and/or those who produce organic produce in season. The further away the food needs to be shipped from, the more carbon footprint is being created. Create dishes that are seasonal in nature as well.
  4. Select Flowers From Local Sources – The same rule of thumb applies for flowers to food. Select flowers which are in season that are grown locally. If you try to import that exotic orchid think of the carbon footprint you are creating!
  5. Buy A Vintage Wedding Dress – Or use your mom’s! You could also have the materials from her dress repurposed into a new dress. A vintage dress or a second hand one is the way to go if you are looking to reduce and recycle.
  6. Have A Unity Rose or Sand Ceremony – Candles can send toxins into the environment. An option to the unity candle ceremony which is eco-friendly is to have a Rose or Sand Ceremony.
  7. Your Reception In An Outdoor Daylight Setting – Think parks, beaches, sculpture gardens, or indoor areas which have large windows and natural lighting. This will reduce the amount of electricity used during your reception.
  8. Go Digital- While a paper photo album is nice to flip through, who really prints pictures anymore? Make sure all your media for the day – the songs, the photography, the videography is captured digitally. There are digital photo frames which can capture your photos to display in your home – and upload them to a cloud service so you will never have to worry about losing your precious memories again! As a matter of fact skip the RSVP cards and have your guests call or RSVP on a website instead.
  9. Think Outside The Box For Wedding Decorations – wine bottles for vases or candle holders, the corks can be turned to the side for place card holders, paper cut up and banded with ribbon for banners, collect twigs and tie them around glass candle holders with twine for rustic lighting. Look for things around your home that can be recycled into decorations.
  10. Give Them Something They Can Eat or Donate to Charity– Skip the favors or give them the gift of an edible favor such as organic chocolates, organic coffee, or locally harvested honey. If you want to skip the favors, make a donation to a local charity or organization.