Eco-Chic Weddings

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:

INVITES

– 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!

LOCATION

garden wedding,outdoor weddings

– 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.

DECOR

wedding centerpieces,table setting, place settings

– 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/.

FOOD

– 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.

FAVORS

place settings, table setting, reception ideas

– 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/

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