5 Steps for a Green Wedding

Going green — By Stephanie on August 13, 2010 at 6:35 am
green wedding 5 Steps for a Green Wedding

Save money and the environment with a green wedding (image from manolobrides.com)

Tomorrow, we’re going to a wedding!  My cousin is marrying his fiancé, and we couldn’t be more excited about the festivities.  I couldn’t help but notice that there were some details I would have changed if it was my ceremony.

While many people plan an eco-friendly celebration from start to finish, there are 5 steps for a green wedding that anyone can do!

Not only can you help save the environment, you’ll save a lot of money too.

It can all be summarized in one word: simplify!

1.  Go paperless.  Admittedly, this is a non-traditional option, but in this computerized day and age, why not send invites and take RSVPs by email?  You’ll save money and time!  Its easier for your guests to reply online than to head to the mailbox to drop in their replies.

2.  Combine ceremony and reception.  Not only will you minimize unnecessary trips (and gas), but you’ll also avoid the impact of heating or cooling, lighting, and cleaning up two locations for one celebration.  Even better – find a backyard in which to get married, or see if you can move your party to a local museum or arboretum.  Natural beauty makes the best decorations.

3.  Keep the party small.  Minimize the number of guests in order to green your wedding.  While you’re at it, keep the wedding party itself small.  A single attendant is all you really need.  Your really good friends might splurge a bit more on a gift if they haven’t spent their money on a bridesmaid dress, shoes, jewelry, etc.

4.  Use “real” plates, glasses, cutlery, napkins and tablecloths. Single-use items like paper plates, plastic cups and silverware may be convenient, but they are certainly not green!  The energy required to wash the dishes and launder the linens after wards is much less than it takes to manufacture party ware.  And unless you choose biodegradable options, it will take years for these items to break down in a landfill.

5.  Find eco-friendly jewelry.  Wedding rings made from recycled gold is much more environmentally sensitive than the alternative.  You won’t sacrifice a bit on beauty, either!  Ask your jeweler for suggestions.

These 5 steps for a green wedding are only the beginning.  Environmentally-sensitive weddings can also incorporate organic food, boxed wine, locally grown, seasonal flowers, and more!

How do you keep your celebrations green?

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