How eco-friendly will you go on your big day? Well, that’s entirely up to you and your partner, and it’s just as important as your cake and the venue.
Weddings are beautiful; however they leave a big footprint on the Earth. This equates to carbon emissions and waste.
While planning out the big celebration, there are many different ways to incorporate environmentally responsible acts into the event.
You might be thinking, one more thing for the to-do list!
I know that weddings are a labour of love, and a lot of hours go into just one day. So, I’d like to give you a little guidance to help. These ideas can be applied to every part of your planning, and it’s a pretty long list that I’m going to share. I’ll be breaking it down into a four part series.
Part 1 – Engagement, Invitations, and Getting Organized
Part 2 – Food, Beverage, and Venue
Part 3 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Part 4 – Honeymoon, Gifts, and Gratitude
Read one part, or follow along through all four. Use as many tips or as few as you like. Not everything I suggest is going to be applicable. Open your mind and think outside the box to come up with new personal ideas to show your commitment to the Earth.
Let us begin. Once upon a time, two people fell in love. One decided to ask the other for their hand in marriage…
This is where going green begins.
Will you marry me & wear this ___________ ring? You fill in the blank, but think along the lines of vintage, reclaimed gold, reclaimed diamond, my grandmother’s, ethically sourced…the list goes on. By saying yes to a hand me down ring or one made with reclaimed materials, you are saying yes to go green.
Now that you’ve said yes, the announcements begin.
Wait! Before you shout it from the roof top that you are getting married to 500 of your closest friends on your social network, sit down with your partner, and decide on the size of the wedding.
The smaller the wedding, the lighter your footprint. When we talk about green weddings, we want to keep our carbon footprint in mind, so size does matter on this one.
Ok, so you’ve made a list and checked in twice, now you can ask your invites to Save the Date.
Think about the trees please. Every piece of paper you use to share the big news has a direct impact on global forests. Consider sending an electronic version for the Save the Date, and in the end you’ll likely save a tree.
If your guests respond well to the E-Save the Date, consider corresponding electronically for the invitations too. If you prefer to send the formal invite in the mail, keep it simple on sustainably produced paper products with eco-ink.
I know there are some pretty sweet binders out there to get you excited about planning; however I suggest you get excited about saving money (and reducing waste) by using supplies that you have around your home. Take stock of what you’ve got before going out and buying something new to keep your planning notes in.
Part of being organized is doing your research. Talk to friends, and read more about it online through websites and social media. Green weddings are a big deal, even the folks at the David Suzuki Foundation are talking about it. In the environmental world, that’s huge!
Now that we’ve got the ball rolling, let the planning begin. Keep your eye on the prize; reduce your footprint in a fun and fresh way!
Keep posted for Part 2 where I’ll offer up tips for venue, food, and beverage. Sign up for the newsletter for updates and more!