You only load your office printer with recyclable paper. At home, the appliances you own have been given Energy Star ratings. Instead of driving a gas guzzler, you ride your bicycle wherever you can. Since you live such a green life, it feels like your wedding day is going to set back all of the eco goodness you’ve accomplished over the past year. We’ve got good news - it’s not hard to plan an environment-friendly wedding.
Location, Location, Location
Showcase how much you love nature by choosing an outdoor location for your ceremony and reception. Since you’ll rely on natural lighting, you can breathe easier knowing you didn’t waste electricity. Getting married in the evening or during the wintertime? Museums and art galleries often host weddings and many of them will donate the deposit to a cause.
Choosing a Ring
Most people know that they can ask a jeweler where a stone came from as a way to avoid purchasing blood diamonds. Eco-friendliness goes beyond that, though, in terms of ring shopping. Many jewelers are green and use both fair-labor stones and recycled metals.
Finding the Right Vendors
If you need a wedding planner to help you sort out the details of your day, look for one that advertises green services. They’ll be adept at finding the most eco-conscious options and green wedding planners are showing up all over the place. Also, aim to hire local vendors instead of having items shipped or imported. Not only will you be supporting your area’s economy but you’ll also keep transportation emissions down.
Ecotourism Spots for Your Honeymoon
Hopping in a plane, flying halfway across the world and then driving four hours to your hotel isn’t exactly keeping your carbon footprint in check. Unless you plan on having a stay-cation honeymoon, though, you’ll need to find the greenest way to travel. Plan on visiting an area of the world that practices ecotourism. This means that the location is a primarily natural area that focuses heavily on conversation. Your methods of getting there may not be eco-friendly, but once you’re there, the rest of your time away will be environmentally sound.
Finding a vendor who can print save-the-dates, invitations, programs and menus on recycled paper shouldn’t be too difficult. Think recycled paper can’t be sophisticated enough for a wedding? As long as the colors you choose for the paper materials’ design complement the light brown color of recycled paper, you’ll be just fine. You’re never going to have to sacrifice style and design simply because of your paper choice.
Limit Printed Photo Albums
Wedding photographers across the board are digital these days, but if you have a ton of photos printed, you’re still wasting a lot of paper. Ask your wedding photographer for digital albums instead of hard copies. Then, only print the photos you want to frame and hang up. E-mail images to your guests and wedding party instead of send them as cards.