April is Earth Month and Monday was Earth Day (it was also my birthday), so I've decided to make yet another slight departure from our regularly scheduled blog posts to take some time to talk about “greening” your wedding. Weddings take a lot of time and planning…but have you ever thought about how a wedding might impact the Earth? Me neither. It turns out that there are SO MANY things that you can do lessen the environmental impact of your big day! Here are some great ideas that you may want to consider for your wedding or next party / event!
Flowers: Love peonies (I mean, who doesn't?!)? Then a June or early summer wedding date is for you! Kris Ann Elario, owner and designer at Fleurtacious Designs, suggests going with flowers that are in season locally or at least available relatively locally. “In the northeast, you're more likely to have a better selection for local flowers in the warmer months and we use several local and regional growers for as much as we can, when we can,” said Kris Ann.
I LOVE this simple lavender bouquet. Photo by Amanda Gentile Photography.
Invitations: If you're really trying to minimize your eco-footprint, then e-vites are the way to go. If you can't imagine not having a paper invitation, consider using recycled paper or even plantable paper! That's right, paper with flower seeds embedded in the paper–your guests can plant your invite and watch the flowers grow! These invites from Botanical Paperworks are so pretty!
Food: Similar to the growing season of flowers, vegetables are more abundant in the summer. If you're dedicated to an organic foodie affair, then, again, the warmer months are the way to go. Local, grass-fed beef, poultry, and pork is readily available, as well. Inquire with your venue or caterer to see if they will use local and/or organic suppliers for your event.
Attire: The most eco-friendly dress is one that already exists. Maybe your mother's or grandmother's gown isn't to your taste, but what about other vintage dresses? Not feeling something that old for your “something old?” Another green option is finding your gown on Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses.com! Choose from thousands of pre-owned gowns–your might get a deal, too! Lastly, check out these amazing environmentally friendly wedding gowns from Janay Andrews, a Kansas City based wedding gown designer. Her Willow gown is pictured here. I really love the back of this dress. Swoon.
Favors: How many weddings have you been to where you forget the favor? I'm at the wedding till the very end of the night and I see a lot of forgotton favors! What about making a donation to a charitable organization on behalf of your wedding? This also eliminates excess packing associated with many favors. Or what about a consumable item like organic chocolate bar?! Yum.
Hope this post has been helpful to you! Will you consider incorporating some eco-friendly elements into your wedding or event? Let me know in the comments!