The first thing to remember when you’re planning your eco-friendly wedding is that there are a lot of choices to make and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. Don’t give up! You, by no means, need to feel pressured into incorporating Every. Single. Eco-friendly. Detail. that you find here (or on any other advice column). With that said, be open to trying ideas that you hadn’t considered before. You will surprise yourself with how easy it is to live a Green lifestyle once you get into the rhythm of things.
If you can, start planning early! The more time you have to plan and research options then the more likely you are to follow through with your Green Wedding vision.
- Outdoors weddings are wonderful. They use less electricity, less heating, less water and (depending on your venue) the beautiful outdoors can be the decoration!
- Hold the ceremony and reception at the same location. Less gas emissions from travelling.
- Choose a venue with lots of natural light so that the lights can be off as much as possible. (We were married under a big skylight that encased us in beautiful sunshine and dismissed any need for lights).
- Choose a venue that uses water efficient and light efficient appliances (LED bulbs, and low flow toilets for example). If you’re wondering about what a venue has to offer, feel free to send the coordinator an email asking what their venue can contribute to an eco-friendly wedding.
- Find a venue that recycles. (Ensure that there’s an option to recycle all those wine bottles).
- Choose organic when you can as non organic foods have often been treated with pesticides.
- Find a caterer who uses local suppliers. Less travel time (i.e. gas emissions), less packaging to transport the food and keep it fresh, and a great way to support your local farmers.
- Choose in-season produce. Out of season produce are either grown in heated greenhouses, or shipped in from many (often thousands) of miles away.
- Find a caterer that uses real dishes, cutlery, and napkins (this keeps waste out of the landfill from paper plates, napkins, and plastic cutlery).
Attire Part 1 – The Wedding Dress
- Shop consignment. Check out local businesses! Consignment wedding dress shops are becoming more popular. Most dresses have only been worn once and are in nearly perfect shape to be worn again (and for a lot cheaper). I found a local woman(through Google) who has a beautiful consignment shop in her basement!
- Canadian Brides check out: https://www.stillwhite.ca/ U.S. & Canadian brides check out: https://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/ to buy previous Bride’s beautiful gently worn gowns.
- Revamp your Mom’s, aunt’s, or friend’s old dress to be unique and new to you (plus, what an incredible thing to bond over!). TLC’s “Something Borrowed, Something New” is a great example of what can be done with an old dress. Take it to a local seamstress to see what can be done.
- Check out your local buy/sell websites like Craiglist and Kijiji as there are a lot of dresses on these sites too (but be cautious of scams).
- Check out Etsy. Many sellers use organic cotton options for dresses. If you can, try and find a seller close to you to minimize the gas emissions and waste from far away shipping. Don’t be afraid to ask sellers what their dresses are made from–they want your business!
- Do a quick Google search to get an idea of designers who use sustainable fabrics (i.e. organic cotton, wild silk, organic linen, hemp or bamboo).
Next week I’ll be posting Part two with information on suits, bridesmaid dresses, rings, and flowers
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