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Eco-Friendly I Do's: How to Plan a Sustainable Wedding

submitted on 7 January 2024 by

Introduction: Why Bother with a Green Wedding?

Ah, weddings. The beautiful union of two souls, the culmination of love, the pinnacle of human commitment, and a fantastic excuse to wear a really expensive white dress. But in today's age of glaring ecological disasters and undeniable climate change, even lovebirds must face the music and consider the impact of their nuptials on the environment. So, how does one plan a sustainable wedding without resorting to exchanging rings made of recycled toilet paper rolls and having the reception in a cave? Fear not, my environmentally conscious love-struck friends, for I shall guide you through the ins and outs of planning a green wedding that will still dazzle your guests and warm your mother's heart.

1. Location, Location, Location

One way to reduce the ecological footprint of your wedding is to consider the location. Look for venues that prioritize sustainability, like a botanical garden or an eco-friendly hotel that uses solar energy and locally sourced materials. Plus, if you choose a location with natural beauty, you can save on décor, which means fewer planet-harming materials and more money in your pocket. You might even consider hosting the wedding and reception in the same place to cut down on transportation emissions. Who needs a gas-guzzling limo when you can simply walk across the lawn hand-in-hand?

2. Invites: Think Digital and Plantable

Traditional paper wedding invitations are so passé. Not only do they require the destruction of innocent trees, but they also require transportation (and the associated emissions) to deliver them to your guests. Instead, consider sending digital invitations. There is a plethora of websites that can help you design beautiful, personalized electronic invitations that have zero impact on the environment, and can save you a pretty penny. But if you simply cannot break away from tradition, consider using plantable paper for your invitations. That's right, paper embedded with seeds that will grow into flowers when planted. Your guests will be delighted, and your wedding will leave the world a little greener.

3. Catering: The Nose-to-Tail Pig Roast

Food is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, but it's also an essential part of any celebration. When planning the menu for your sustainable wedding, consider the following: opt for local, organic, and seasonal ingredients, and choose a caterer that shares your eco-friendly values. Consider reducing the amount of meat, as plant-based dishes generally have a smaller environmental impact. And for the pièce de résistance, why not incorporate a nose-to-tail culinary approach? A whole pig roast, for example, is an excellent way to minimize waste and ensure you use every bit of the animal. Your carnivorous guests will rejoice, and you'll be making a statement about sustainability in the most delicious way possible.
  • Pro tip: Don't forget to provide compost bins and recycling stations at your reception, and consider donating any leftovers to a local food bank or shelter.

4. Flowers: In Season and Locally Sourced

While imported exotic flowers might seem like a good idea at first, consider the environmental cost of flying in orchids from halfway across the globe. Instead, choose flowers that are in season and local to your area, which will not only reduce emissions but also support local businesses. Consider using potted plants for centerpieces, which can later be gifted to guests or planted in your very own love garden.

5. The Dress: Something Borrowed, Something Green

While some might balk at the idea of wearing a second-hand wedding gown, consider the environmental benefits. Vintage and thrift stores offer a treasure trove of unique and beautiful gowns that can be easily tailored to fit your style. If you simply must have something new, seek out designers who create gowns from sustainable materials, like organic silk or hemp. And when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, encourage your friends to choose a dress they would be happy to wear again, or even consider a rental service. After all, do they really need another shiny polyester monstrosity collecting dust in their closet?

6. Gifts and Favors: Give Back to Mother Earth

Encourage guests to give eco-friendly gifts, like donations to an environmental charity, or items made from sustainable materials. For your wedding favors, consider giving out small potted plants, packets of seeds, or reusable tote bags. Your guests will appreciate the sentiment, and the earth will thank you for it.So there you have it, my betrothed friends: a guide to planning a sustainable wedding that won't have you tearing your organic, ethically sourced hair out. Not only will you revel in the joy of your union, but you'll also celebrate knowing that you did your part to ensure that future generations can continue to fall in love on this beautiful planet we call home.
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