Tying the Eco-Friendly Knot: Green Wedding Ideas

    Everyone is looking to shrink their carbon footprint these days, and for many that mindset extends to their wedding. Eco-friendly ideas are taking the wedding industry by storm – probably because of their DIY simplicity and indelible cuteness! Whether you’ve got a passion for protecting Mother Nature or you just want a beautiful, green celebration, here are some tips and tricks for planning an environmental wedding:

    Location, Location, Location: Choosing an event venue is a paramount decision for any wedding, but add a green agenda and it becomes even more important. You’ll want your venue to use minimal electricity and water, so maybe opt for an outdoor location. Local farms, meadows, or parks use less energy than big banquet halls, but they’ll still provide you with modern conveniences (such as toilets and sinks – can’t go without those). Plus, these natural wedding sites are often flush with flowers and grassy knolls: the perfect setting for a green-loving couple! Just make sure you pick a venue relatively close to your family and friends; less driving from your guests is better for the environment!

    Decorate with the Three R’s: We learned them all in school: reduce, reuse, recycle. Following that old adage is a great way to keep your wedding environmental, not to mention an ingenious way to keep costs down. Whether you’re wearing a “gently used dress” or lighting up the wedding venue with mason jars and handmade candles, reusing materials for your wedding will keep it green and oh-so-cute. Making new decorations from other items is also a way to unlock your creativity and make your wedding a unique event your guests won’t soon forget (especially if you give them a cute, DIY party favor upon departure)!

    Welcome to the Digital Age: This can be a sticking point for many wedding planners and brides, because traditional paper invitations are so… well, traditional. However, the environmental costs of paper products are too high for any brides looking to have a truly green wedding. Sending out E-invitations and building a (easy-to-navigate) wedding website will save forests from the dangers of paper production. Of course, if you do opt for snail-mail invitations instead, there are websites available that offer customized invitations on recycled paper that will keep your eco-friendly conscience clear!

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