Ideas For Your Totally "Green" and Earth-Friendly Wedding

Ashley Rader

Ashley Rader is the owner of Moments of Elegance, an online wedding boutique specializing in beach wedding favors, summer wedding favors and a huge collection of unique wedding favor ideas that will say thank you with style and will truly make your event unforgettable.

1. If you are an environment conscience bride, you may be consider a way to have your wedding be completely eco-friendly or you may just be looking for some ideas to help you and your guest produce less waste therefore lessening your carbon footprint. Well then this is the article for you! Here are some great ideas to make your wedding not only beautiful, but also a little kinder to mother earth.

Wedding: Zack and Zarah

2. Biodegradable, 100% recycled, or tree-free wedding invitations are definitely the way to go. You can find lots of beautiful and modern styles available in these forms from several stationery suppliers, so you may consider using one of them to set the tone for your earth-friendly day. Another great idea is to create your own wedding website. This is a great place for guests to RSVP and find out all the information they need like ceremony and reception locations, wedding registries, etc. without you having to use a lot of extra paper in your invitations to get the information out. You may also consider using a popular avenue like Facebook or MySpace to invite some of your guests. This will eliminate the needs for a lot of paper invitations, and some of your more tech-savvy friends may respond better to an Internet invite than a paper invite.

wedding favor3. When choosing eco-minded favors to give your guests you may want to consider sending your guests home with a tree of your choice that they can plant, or maybe you can send your guests home with little seed packets of your favorite flowers or plants. You can also look into purchasing place card for your reception that can be taken home and planted because they are made out of seeds and biodegradable materials. Another great idea is to make a donation to a charity in honor of your guests and make a little note at the bottom of your ceremony programs or your reception menus.

4. When it comes to flowers, most brides don't want to sacrifice because flowers are usually a huge part of every bride's day. Well don't worry; you can still be eco-conscience without the sacrifice. You could consider purchasing your flowers from a local florist that grows his/her own products or get their products from a local, organically grown garden as a great, earth friendly choice. If your really daring and you have some time, you might consider planting your own bulbs and growing your own flowers or you can choose you use biodegradable silk flowers, maybe even a combination of the two to get the full floral effect you are seeking.

5. If you want to take your eco-friendliness to the next level, you may consider purchasing a once worn, previously owned wedding gown. Ebay is full of them, and you might be able to find one you like at your local thrift store. Another great idea is to consider buying your gown from a foundation like Brides Against Breast Cancer, which donates the proceeds to help women with breast cancer. If you decide to buy a new dress, you may consider donating it a foundation like this when you are done. Brides Against Breast Cancer gives wedding dresses to women in an effort to fulfill their wishes to have a wedding day.

6. When it comes to the food for your reception you may consider donating the leftovers to a local soup kitchen instead of just getting rid of them. You may also consider having all the decorations on your cake to be completely edible and you will want to use biodegradable place setting or fine, reusable place settings to eliminate waste. You should even provide recycle bins for cans and glass containers used for soda and liquor.

7. There are lots of others way to be eco-friendly on your wedding day, and all you have to do is do your research and patronize vendors that use earth-friendly products and who are committed to make your "green" wedding a success. Don't be afraid to get creative and let your guests know what you are doing. By publicizing your desire to "go green", you may be encouraging other up and coming brides to do the same thing.

8. Moments of Elegance is an online wedding boutique featuring unique wedding favors, bridal shower favors & bridal party gifts. Read their great wedding planning ideas page for some super unique and often hilarious ideas that brides have on how to take a cookie cutter event and make it second to none. They can serve as your one stop shop for elegant wedding favors  to make your event second to none. Check out their current featured "Please Be Seeded" plantable seed place cards.

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  • Wice says
    Here's an idea if you want to go overboard - a green ring!
    • Anna says
      lol!!!!!!!!!!
      • KH says
        Oh dear! I'm not sure what I'd say if I was given one of these!
      • flowery3 says
        What that needs now is a couple of tiny dancing faeries on the tiny green lawn!!
      • Wice says
        Or maybe one of those 3D modes of the bride and grrom!
      • flowery3 says
        I like the idea of flower petal confetti, or even rice paper ( so the birds can eat it afterwards!) - rather than the mess of regular confetti. Or maybe even just soap bubbles...
      • Wice says
        I shouldn't be facetious but I just can't help myself: Isn't "green" considered to be unlucky at weddings!
      • Wice says
        Taking this concept a step further, wedding gifts can be wrapped in an eco friendly way as well. If recycled paper doesn’t wag your tail, then Furoshiki might. Here is what it is all about:

        “Originating from Japanese culture where it promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste; Furoshiki is the eco-friendly wrapping cloth. Using techniques similar to origami, it can be used for gift wrapping, grocery shopping or simply as decor. It is reusable and multipurpose. Each year billions of plastic bags end up as litter; reusable bags, such as furoshiki can help reduce the impact to our environment. Its versatility allows you to wrap almost anything regardless of its shape or size.”

        You can find lots about Furoshiki on the web and the Ministry of Environment of Japan has web pages devoted to instruction on how to fold and tie packages of various shapes and sizes.
        http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.html

        Here is a picture I downloaded showing some Furoshiki wrapping. There are scores more ways however and can make almost any shape by folding.
        • Anna says
          when i worked at this fabric place i used to always wrap my friends gifts in left over fabric... it always looks great... and you could always find a fabric that suited the person!! so fun!! i do miss that place just because of the fabric haha
          • KH says
            I really like those! Nice idea!
          • Wice says
            The 'Body Paint" wedding!

            I'm not sure if these are environmetntally low impact wedding outfits or not, but they certainly use very little fabric!

            • KH says
              Wow...Brave!!
              • Anna says
                Lol they dont look... real!!?
              • Wice says
                And for the Mother of the bride - the perfect green handbag!
                • Anna says
                  o.m.g... dont you just want to eat it =P
                  • KH says
                    haha is it wrong to say yum? It looks so fresh...
                  • Wice says
                    This one might have a larger group wanting a nibble at it
                    • Anna says
                      hahahaha new mouse trap?
                      • KH says
                        This one is just bizarre!
                      • Wice says
                        Here is a story about a couple who paid for their entire wedding from the proceeds of recycling:

                        " According to a story found on Yahoo Green, one couple paid for their eco-friendly nuptials by recycling 400,000 cans. They're known as the "wedding can couple" and with good reason, they are paying for their July 31 wedding solely with the $3,800 in proceeds they earned from recycling 400,000 cans.

                        These natives of Spokane reached their goal last week and will now start saving for their honeymoon as well as upcoming donations to Doctors Without Borders and Rim Country Land Institute through their can collections.

                        Peter Geyer and Andrea Parrish started a Web site and drew traffic to the site with social networking. Alcoa donated 150,000 cans and United Recycling Services donated 73,000 cans to help the cause."
                        http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/couple-pays-for-wedding-with-400000-recycled-cans.html

                        For more about this see:
                        http://green.yahoo.com/blog/greenpicks/284/couple-recycles-400-000-cans-to-pay-for-wedding.html
                        • Anna says
                          lol now thats dedication.... and alot of drinking....

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