Plan An Eco Friendly Wedding

Wedding season is in full swing and many happy couples have picked this spring to say their “I do’s.” You can also vow to make sure this important day in your life is good for the environment.

The amount of money couples spend nowadays on weddings can be extravagant, to say the least. Weddings can now cost the same as a sports car or a down payment on a house. While the outrageous cost of some weddings is well known, not as much is said about the toil this life-changing day can have on nature. Tons of specially-crafted centerpieces, decorations and gourmet food are all thrown away after the big event.

Having an eco-friendly wedding doesn’t mean you have to exchange the traditional white dress for a green one. There are several practical and tasteful ways to make sure you start your life together as a couple by spending your money in ways that won’t harm nature.

Save paper by sending digital invitations. Create a Facebook invitation so your friends and family can simply click a button to RSVP instead of mailing back a note. If you want something a little more personalized there are plenty of wedding invitation sites that can send your invite through email. You may still have to send out some paper invitations (perhaps to the grandmother who has never owned and vows never will own a computer), but you can drastically cut down on your paper waste (not to mention your cost).

If you’re debating about where to have you wedding, remember that choosing a location outside will save energy. Another side benefit is that your photographs will look great in all that natural light.

Go organic when you choose your flowers and food. Find an organic florist to do your bouquets and serve fruits and vegetables that were grown using organic methods. Caterers who use sustainable practices can make sure there is no waste involved with your event.

Give a wedding favor to your guests that they can reuse for years to come. Create a customized eco friendly bag at Planet Earth Bag. You can choose the text (e.g., “John and Carrie, April 29, 2010”) and a color that goes with your wedding. These reusable bags come in different sizes and you can also include a graphic that commemorates your wedding day.

When it’s all over, you’ll be able to look back on your wedding day and know that you started your new life together by doing something positive for the environment.

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