October 26, 2007
Today, I would love to share some green tips with you. More and more, brides are looking for ways to make their weddings eco-friendly. So, with the help of my team, my vendors, and some of my brides, we put together this list:
– Use recycled, non-bleached paper for everything from your invites to your programs.
– Send Save-the-Date postcards- not only are they cute and personal, but it saves an envelope (and postage). Do the same for your response cards…
– Set up a wedding website rather than sending printed directions. This can also be a great resource for you, and your guests.
– Forgo tissue and inner envelopes- good for your budget, and the environment!
– If you plan your wedding for spring or fall, you are already ahead of the game. Having your wedding during a cooler month can cut your air conditioning costs in half.
– Have your ceremony and reception at the same site so your guests do not have to drive from place to place.
– Choose a botanical garden or greenhouse as your venue. Not only are you surrounded by lush natural beauty, but the site fee goes to support the garden.
– Use potted plants throughout the ceremony and reception. After your wedding, they can be re-planted near your home as a wonderful reminder of that special day!
– Use local, in-season flowers! This not only cuts down on carbon emission from trucking and shipping, but also saves on energy and water used in greenhouses.
– Use fruit in your centerpieces and to decorate your tables. It is a great way to punch up the color of your decor, and you can donate it to a food bank after the event.
– Donate your flowers so people can continue to enjoy them after your event. If you are in New York or LA, check out Flower Power- http://flowerpowerfoundation.org/.
– Like your flowers, try to focus your menu on seasonal local ingredients.
– Work with a caterer who uses organic produce and is committed to sustainable agriculture.
– By serving local wines, you incorporate your setting, and also cut down on carbon costs.
– Most food banks do not except perishable food, but organizations like Second Harvest (http://www.secondharvest.org/how_to_help/donate_food/) will collect the food from the reception and use it to feed the hungry.
– Give away bulbs or wildflower seeds and encourage guests to plant them.
– Make a donation to a charity in the name of each guest rather than giving them something material.
– Include sustainable, eco-friendly products- like bamboo housewares, hemp and soy products, and organic linens- in your registry.
For more great tips and advice, check out Portovert Magazine. http://portovert.com/