Weddings have the potential for adversely affecting the environment as a result of the large amount of waste that weddings can generate.
For that reason more and more environmentally-conscious couples plan for an eco-friendly or green wedding by integrating eco-friendly alternatives for their wedding in their choices of flowers, invitations, decorations and other aspects of their wedding.
An eco-friendly wedding is one in which the bride, groom, wedding planner, and others involved in planning the wedding are conscious of the consumption of resources that would otherwise be used in the wedding.
Here are 10 tips for planning an eco-friendly wedding, from Indus Inspired!:
(Photo by Next Exit Photography.)
1.Use eco-friendly paper for your invitations and event stationery. We carry FSC-certified papers. FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council, an organization that sets strict standards to assure that forests are managed responsibly. Any paper that is FSC-certified means that the paper was produced in a sustainable way by protecting the habitat, preventing pollution, planting more trees, and protecting communities indigenous to the forest. (Read more about our commitment to being green here.)
2. Use as many local vendors as possible for items that would need to be transported the day-of (cake, tables, florals, etc). This cuts down on gasoline and harmful car emissions.
3. Hold the wedding or event in a location that’s closest to the majority of guests. This reduces the need for guests’ transportation as well as reducing your event’s carbon footprint.
4. To reduce the need for decorations and flowers, choose a venue that already has natural decor, like a greenhouse or a garden.
5. Look for caterers who specialize in organic and/or locally-grown food. You can even try serving organic wine at your event.
6. Donate leftover food and flowers to local shelters.
7. Avoid disposable products as much as you can. Rent tables, linens, plates, silverware, and glassware.
8. For weddings, consider asking bridesmaids to wear their own dresses within a specific color palette. For the bride and groom, choose a vintage gown and suit! Or donate your used bridal wear to charity after the event.
9. Consider going on a eco-tourism honeymoon once the wedding is over. Look for hotels and resorts that specialize in eco-friendly services.
10. Instead of gifts, ask your guests to donate to your favorite charity.