Important Tips for Planning a Green Wedding

by Anchal Bhatia

You are already living an eco-friendly lifestyle, so it’s no surprise that you want your wedding to be a reflection of your personality. A wedding is certainly one of the most important days in a couple’s life, and if you care about the planet, why not incorporate your principles into your big day? So, put your love and wallet to work for the mother earth with these awesome green wedding ideas. Who knows you may end up opening a few eyes in the process.

Tips for a planning a green wedding

Image credit: Peter Santos

Watch Your Guest List

The biggest factor that impacts your wedding ecologically and financially is the size. The bitter truth is that each guest you invite means more food consumed, a bigger venue, more miles travelled, and more wastage when it’s over. Since it’s your big day, it’s natural for you to invite all your loved ones, but make sure to keep an eye on the numbers, and remember that as the guest list grows, the harder it gets to draw the line.

Source Locally

Almost everything for your wedding can be found locally, but some things like food and drinks are more important than others. Look for breweries and wineries in your area. If there are none, opt for an organic or biodynamic wine alternative.  For the food, talk to the farmers at the local market to find out what will be fresh at the time of your wedding. Alternatively, if you are working with a caterer, encourage him to use organic food. Moreover, flowers are also worth sourcing locally. Try organic flowers or find out which flowers grow locally. Instead of traditional centerpieces, use potted plants that can double as favors to your guests.

Green Wedding Invitations

Invitations have the power to set the mood, so you don’t want them to look cheap or tacky, but at the same time you don’t want to compromise your principles. While paperless e—vites seem to be the most eco-friendly way to go, you can always opt for invitations made of handmade or recycled paper. Further, request your guests for an online RSVP and skip the printed directions. Instead, make your guests first stop at your wedding website for all the details.

Going green does not mean you have to compromise on your wedding, it only means that you want to avoid waste and excess. Simply follow the principle of 3 R’s – reduce, recycle, reuse, and apply this rule to every aspect of your wedding. After all, your commitment will be everlasting; shouldn’t your wedding be sustainable too?

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