I love green! I love chartreuse, kelly green, mint, and olive. I love seeing spinach and broccoli on my plate. I love pearly green punch buggies. I love my green contacts. I also love green weddings. I’ve wanted one every since I found out they exist. So I’ve been having images of green wedding in my head as I dream about the possibilities.
Well that’s pretty but it’s not exactly the green wedding I had in mind. More like this:
Can you tell the difference? I didn’t want the color green, I wanted eco-friendly green. I know little ‘ole me cannot make all the difference in the world, but I try in as many ways as I can to help keep the earth thriving. I figure if one person gets inspired and tries then I made a difference, and maybe they’ll inspire someone and so on. So a green wedding is a great way for me to make a small difference and since being green is contagious I can hopefully infect (er, inspire) a large group of people. Another advantage of being green is I can incorporate my love of nature. There are two places I love the most, the beach and the woods and having a celebration there would make me nothing but happy. I’m so excited about using wood and other elements from nature. I did plenty, plenty research on green weddings so I could learn all the ways I could possibly be green and choose what could fit us. On Weddingbee, Mrs.Cherry Pie gave me a great start and Mrs. Pino Noir helped me appreciate my (half) destination wedding could still be green. So here’s how I plan to be green:
- For the Bahamas wedding we plan to have the ceremony and reception at one place. Either at a restaurant, private beach or the national park.
- We plan to have the Virginia (AHR) Reception at a park.
- Instead of buying a new dress I plan to revamp my mother’s first wedding dress and one of her prom dresses to create my own memorable dress.
- The requirements for the other members of the family/bridal party attire are that it must be either reused or purchased new with the intent of re-wearing. Hopefully no one will spend more than $150 on their attire.
- We plan to buy recycled paper as much as possible. Response options can be either postcards (with no envelope) or responding online.
- We hope to create a detailed website to avoid having to use extra paper to give guests details not everyone will need.
FOOD AND TABLEWARE
- Buying used with the hope of reusing or reselling will be my first choice if renting is not the cheaper option.
- We plan to not have styrofoam, plastic or paper products if at all possible to reduce what’s thrown in the trash. For the Bahamas reception we will purchase bamboo/leaf plates, wood utensils and use cloth napkins. For the Virginia reception I will try to collect patterned china from family members, thrift stores and craigslist. I hope to use real glasses or cups of recycled materials for both events.
- I would love to find different patterned cloth napkins to later turn into a quilt.
- I hope to collect wine bottles, glass jars and tin cans to use for decor and food storage.
- As much as possible the menus will consist of local foods.
- Flowers will be used as little as possible and if used will be local grown or potted plants.
- Décor, bouquets and boutonnieres will consist of sola wood flowers, seashells, feathers and fabric.
- No birdseed or alternatives will be thrown
GIFTS AND FAVORS
- Since it’s a destination wedding and were looking for guests presence and not presents we plan to not register for tons of things I mostly have since I’m established in my home.
- Gifts for wedding party members will be gifts they will get use out of.
- Favors will be edible or reusable so guests will get the most benefit out of them
- Because it’s a half destination wedding, guests flying will contribute to global warming via the carbon dioxide. It would be great to give each guest an 11-watt compact fluorescent bulb to replace a 50-watt incandescent bulb with their wedding favor will save 685 pounds of carbon dioxide. (Tip found in: Sierra Club Magazine‘s interview with an environmental studies and biology professor from Oberlin, Ohio)
PROGRAMS AND MENUS
- Individual menus will not be necessary. We will display options for guest on one sign, maybe a chalkboard.
- Programs will be made with recyclable material and hopefully be a keepsake to save them trash.
Towards the end of planning I hope to have accomplished all these goals! Are you planning to be green in your wedding planning or daily life?