We’ve reached the last part of our series on green weddings, however the honeymoon isn’t over! There are a few more things that I’d like to go over before sending you off to finalize your wedding plans.
So far we’ve covered the core elements of how to celebrate in an eco-friendly fashion. The venue, menu, and ways you manage the resources used on your big day will leave a lasting impression. By applying just a few of the suggestions offered throughout this series, a couple can really lighten their footprint.
So once you’ve said “I Do”, you cut your cake and eat it too, the best is still the come.
Who doesn’t love a good vacation? Or better yet, what about a vacation with the one you love? That’s what the honeymoon is all about!
A great way to make it green is to make it an adventure. Get your backpacks ready and set out to explore a new city, country, or continent. Often when travelers are backpacking, they are going a little bit lighter – and therefore you are able to take public transportation which can make a huge impact on your carbon footprint.
Another option is to stay off the beaten track at an eco-friendly resort. There are so many to choose from now, many of which even cater to the honeymooners. Check out this article in the NY Times that shares some great stories of couples that have gone green for their romantic getaway.
As they mentioned in the article, a changing demographic is helping shape the travel industry. Honeymoon travel is a big part of tourism, so it’s obvious that a shift in this area is positive for people across the globe.
If you’d like to spend the week at a resort, you’re in luck, there are plenty of options! Take a peek at these romantic Earth friendly resorts.
Gifts & Gratitude
In almost every culture, gifts are a symbolic part of important celebrations. While every couple is different, it’s quite traditional to give a thank you gift to your guests as a gesture for sharing your special day.
I’ve seen it done differently depending on who is getting married; however something that is growing in popularity is giving a donation on behalf of the guests. Perhaps the couple loves animals; they might donate a lump sum to the humane society, and let the guests know about it with a postcard propped up in the middle of the table.
Well, if you’re a couple that loves nature, why not consider planting a tree on behalf of every attendee? It’s easy to do, just take a peek at this organization that I am working with to help reforest our planet – they make tree planting simple and sustainable.
Think of this last one as an idea to leave your signature on the Earth, rather than your footprint.
While guest’s books are nice memories to keep – just like signatures on a picture of the happy couple – why not get creative with something that has greater use in the home?
Friends of mine had a wooden bench at their reception with markers on hand for guests to share their best wishes with words, signing the timeless piece of furniture. The bench is now part of their home with a lasting memory of their special day where they joined together in partnership with their family and friends.
I know what you’re thinking. Doesn’t it take a lot more trees and energy to produce a bench instead of a book? You’re right, it does. However, on this one, I consider purpose over production – suggesting that your souvenir from this special day is far more sustainable if it gets frequent use.
Although we’ve come to the end of this series about how to make your wedding as green as can be, the fun isn’t over! It’s now time to get creative and work with the ideas that have been discussed over the past month on our blog.
There are so many ways to make your big day special and eco-friendly; I’ve only covered a small portion. If you have ideas that you’d like to share with others, I encourage you to comment below or connect on social media. Share the love and inspire others to go green!