Eco Wedding Ideas
you are planning your own wedding, or simply looking for some
ideas for a friend, here are some easy things to do in order
to have an environmentally friendly wedding.
Rings - Get a used ring from an estate jewelry
store, one that has been passed down in the family, or buy from
a company that repurposes used jewelry into new creations.
Gown - Don't worry, the wedding dress can still
be white. There are some awesome hemp wedding and organic fabric
dresses out now available for all price ranges. Buying a used wedding
dress, and repurposing is another great way to conserve, yet look
fashionable. If you aren't planning on saving your dress after
the occassion as an heirloom, donate it to charity after the wedding.
Custom Eco Wedding Dresses - Check
out Threadhead Creations
Ask Bridemaids to donate their dresses to charities such as The
Glass Slipper Project (GlassSlipperProject.org)
or the Fairy Godmothers Inc. organization (FairyGodmothersInc.com),
both of which work to put dresses in the hands of underprivileged
teens who can't afford a prom dress. Bridesmaid dresses - Check
out Karma Rose
of Honor/Bridemaids Gifts - If you are looking for something
unique, and budget allows, the personalized heart charms that
are rustic and funky, are super cool. Read this review here.
Invitations - The utlimate invitation is online. It's
paperless, efficient and you can link right into your wedding
If that's not possible, then use recycled paper invitations.
Save paper by using streamlined invitations printed on recycled
paper that detaches at the bottom and becomes a postcard they
an outdoor space, and make sure to tread lightly. Provide ample
trashcans, and choose low impact areas to perform
the ceremony. The flowers should be organic, or better yet, plants
should be potted and then make it to someone's garden after the
Good food and wine does not have to blow the budget.
Although organic food can be more example, if several unique vegetarian
entrees are served, the cost can be reduced, and the meal is low
impact. Simple, interesting vegetarian appetizers
will be sure to woo
If food is not served on dishes, then choose disposable
plates made out of sugar cane or bamboo, and utensils made from
potato starch or
corn plastic. Make sure there are well-marked pins to organize
trash separation later into compost piles.
pass on the D.J. Sure it's funny to see Aunt Sally get toasted
and do the funky chicken, but hiring a local band typically supports
more people and encourages local music growth. Trust us, Aunt
Sally will still do something funny sans the DJ. Bands are typically
the same price or not much more than a DJ.
Soy candles on the table burn clean,
and if you need table coverings, organic cotton napkins. Use
live plants and/or
bamboo centerpieces (living) surrounded with well
flowers make a simple, elegant and green statement. LED light strands
are great for evening weddings where you need some extra light
If you're going the gift route:
Register with an Eco-Friendly
retail store, or one that supports/and offers Green Products.
Wedding Favor Ideas:
me, favors are nice, but favors I can actually use make more
Winter or Spring Weddings: Bulb wedding favors. Tuck
bulbs in an attractively textured bag (try unbleached muslin,
jute or burlap,
or Hemp and stencil a monogram or picture of the flower in front).
Grocery Bags - have the date and a cool graphic screened on them,
roll them and tie with a jute string
with informational tag.
Food: Yep, good old fashion food, namely CANDY is often the most preferred.
Organic fair-trade chocolate will always be a hit.
Soaps wrapped in hemp or jute - smell awesome and again, the
useful factor is high on this one.
Offsets: Buy Carbon Offsets for your wedding
based on the average distance that people are traveling to your
event, and based on the number of people. A little notice on each
table stating this will not only enlighten your guests, but
give them ideas for their own future events, or office parties.
the Wedding with a beautiful journal:
A recycled paper journal to hold the memories. Look
for 100% recycled paper journals that have archival paper. For
example: Custom Printed Journals at Bridget Bullen