How to Make Your Wedding More Eco-friendly

How to Make Your Wedding More Eco-friendly

The idea of green weddings is very hot today. As a matter of fact, brides and grooms may want to may sure that their events will be environmental friendly. To this end, you will also want to make sure that you will be planning a wedding which is really eco-friendly. You will help to save our earth to this end.

There are a few ides you can consider when you are planning for a green wedding. One of the ideas if to help to save fuel. Taking your wedding ceremony and reception as an example, you may need to arrange some kind of transportation if they are in different locations. To this end, some fuel will certainly need to used. To this end, you may want to make the two locations to be within a walking distance. Your guests do not need to take a vehicle and this will help to save fuel.

The idea of embodied energy is always considered when it comes to an environmental event. In order to build a sustainable building, architects will try to make sure that the materials used to build the building will be local materials so that there will be less embodied energy. This idea can also be applied to your wedding. You can serve foods which can be found in the region of the venue. This means that there will be less embodied energy and you can help to save the earth.

Besides the embodied energy, you will need to make sure that you will not be preparing too much food. There can be a lot of wastes after a wedding reception. This is because the brides and grooms prepare too much food. To this end, you may want to make sure that you will prepare the right amount of foods. If there are any leftover after your reception, you should try to donate the foods.

If you are going to have a Chinese wedding, be sure that you will not have shark fins in your menu. The point here is that it is very common for couples to have shark fins in a Chinese reception. Yet, we should try to protect the sharks, as well as our earth. There is no point to serve shark fins in the reception.

You should also avoid unnecessary packages. There can be a beautiful packaging for your wedding favors. However, this boxes can be something unnecessary. You should try to avoid using these packaging boxes. You will create less waste to this end.

You should go for the idea of renting if you can do so. For example, you may want to get some pillars for your wedding cake. However, you should not try to buy them. They will be something useless to you after your reception. As a result, it will be a better idea for you to rent them. This is also true for the flowers. It can be a good idea to use silk flowers since they can be reused.

Remember the above points will make sure that you will be able to plan a green wedding!

TM Lung designs wedding invitations. You can also check his Wedding Planning ideas and Wedding Favor Ideas.

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Eco-friendly Weddings: Ceremonies and Receptions

Eco-friendly Weddings: Ceremonies and Receptions

Having an eco-friendly wedding is very important to many couples. There are a lot of details that make up your special day. For each element that makes up your great day there is an opportunity to make eco-friendly decisions. Today we will explore eco-friendly decisions for your ceremony and reception.

Candles

The romantic impact of a candlelit ceremony or a table decorated with candles is hard to overlook, however you can lessen your impact on the environment by making the right choices.

Candles create a wonderful ambiance for your romantic day. However, some candles can also emit carcinogens and neurotoxins. Making an eco-friendly decision to choose candles made from palm oil, beeswax, and soy ensure you clean-burning illumination that’s also longer-lasting and petroleum-free.

Choose locally-made candles so that you can avoid the carbon impact from transporting the candles across the country or from overseas.

Reuse old candles, ask for old candles from churches. Some churches use new candles for every service, you may have the opportunity to reuse these candles and prevent them from being thrown out.

Beeswax:

Candles made with beeswax are naturally fragrant, nontoxic, soot-free, and non-allergenic. They’re completely renewable and require little, if any, additives. Candles made from 100 percent beeswax are easy to come by and burn longer than regular petro-based paraffin candles.

Soy:

Candles with soybean-based wax are generally vegan, soot-free, and biodegradable, and like beeswax, they’re renewable. They can burn up to 50 percent longer than paraffin candles and, if spilled, can be cleaned up with soap and water. Make sure they are 100% paraffin-free and have lead free wicks.

The scent of soy candles may not throw well. Which should not be a problem for a wedding, I generally would not recommended scented candles for a table setting or ceremony. Which leads to another tip, finding scentless candles can be a healthy choice since synthetic fragrances often added to candles have been identified as VOC-emitters.

Soy wax is soft, soy candles may usually be found in jars and tins, which might limit your decor options.

Palm oil:

Palm oil wax comes from coconuts (the fruit of palm trees) so no plants die during harvesting. Palm oil candles are clean burning and long lasting.

Choosing soy, beeswax, or palm oil candles will get you burning more cleanly, but keep in mind that hidden ingredients sometimes sneak their way into natural products, so check labels before making a final purchase.

Flowers

Find a florist who uses flowers which are free of pesticides and herbicides.
Choosing a florist who uses organically grown, in-season, local flowers is an eco-friendly decision for your wedding flowers. You can also find some online sites that offer organic flower options.

Organi Bouquet
offers sustainably grown flowers fresh from partner farms. They have adopted social and environmental standards—developing the most eco-friendly floral packaging, initiating the industry’s first carbon offset program, and growing flowers in a way that is gentle on the earth and that safeguards the ecology and the well-being of wildlife and farm workers.

Bamboo is a sustainable materials , it can grow up to two feet a day. Tall stalks of curly bamboo in centerpieces is a great and modern-looking and “green” option.

Buy fresh flowers at your local farmer’s market.

Use dried or silk flowers as an eco friendly alternative.

Reuse the flowers used at the ceremony to decorated your reception.

Catering

Choose a caterer who uses locally grown organic food where possible. If fish is on the menu, the caterer should choose them from sustainable sources and is MSC certified.

Wine lovers consider having organic wine at your reception. If your venue does not offer this option, they might allow you to bring in your own wine. Keep in mind that the venue might impose a corking fee for wine brought into their establishment.

Venue

Choose a Site with Significance

The money that you spend on your wedding venue can also be an eco-friendly decision. Locations such as botanical gardens, arboretums or non-profit sites that will use the money gained to offer programs that will maintain and support eco-friendly ideals.

Remember the key to an eco-friendly wedding is to simplify. You can save money and resources by reusing accents. You can be confident of your “green” efforts by choosing to work with what you’ve got nearby (and in season).

Kattia Gordon is a mom of 3 girls. She is the owner of Aleximani Events an Event Planning service in the NY/Long Island area. She is also a retailer of Carlson Craft Invitations and accessories. She inspire brides on her blog Inspired! Wedding tips and Ideas. .

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Organizing a Green Wedding by Reusing and Recycling

Organizing a Green Wedding by Reusing and Recycling

It is our obligation to protect our environment. As a result, more couples will try to plan their weddings in a way that it become a green wedding. There are a lot of details you will need to think about in order to planning for a greener even. There are people who try to minimize the wedding so that it become a greener one. There are also couples who will only hire vendors that have the sense to protect the environment.

As a matter of fact, there can be a lot of wastes after a wedding. It does not make sense to hurt our environment in order to have a wonderful wedding. As a result, it will always be good to reuse the items after your event. You may even use recycled materials in your event. We will focus on the ideas of reusing and recycling in a wedding in this article.

Let us first of all talk about the wedding invitation. In fact, it will be extremely environmental friendly if you can invite your guests by sending emails. Of course you will also send the save the date note via emails. You will also ask your guests to reply you via emails. In this case you do not need to print the cards and these will certainly help to save the environment.

However, it is also very true that it can be too informal if you decide to send the invitation via email. It may consider a bit impolite if you do so. If this is the case, you may still need to prepare some physical wedding invitations and send them to your guests.

When you are search for the cards, you have to pay attention to the materials. Make sure that the paper you use is either recycled paper or paper from sustainable sources. The ink to be use is also very important. In most cases, it will be more environmental friendly to use soy ink when printing the cards. You will need to discuss with the invitation vendor on this matter when you are ordering them.

A lot of brides will consider purchasing a new gown for the wedding. Every bride would like to be the most beautiful bride in the word on the wedding day. However, you can still consider to purchase a second hand wedding dress. A second hand item does not necessarily mean that it is not a beautiful item. If it is possible, you can also wear the gown your mother or even your grandmother wore when they got married. This is on one hand environmental friendly and on the other hand make the gown more meaningful.

When your wedding favor is concerned, the best situation will be that you do not prepare them. However, it will not be so practical in a sense that you have to use the favor to thank your guests. To this end, you should make sure that the package of the gifts are made from recycled paper. Besides, you should also choose some environmental wedding favor.

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