Thursday, April 15, 2010

Green Eco Weddings

Green Eco Weddings are becoming increasingly popular for environment savvy brides and grooms. One can even reduce, recycle and reuse a wedding! Here are some ideas:

Weddings typically involved a lot of cards, invitations and announcements to be mailed. Using recycled paper for these wedding stationery items is, of course, always a good idea. offers a new line of high quality wedding invitations custom printed on recycled card stock. However, even using a postcard wedding invitation or a self mailing wedding announcement that does not require an envelope can also help cut down of paper usage.  Some unique wedding invitations and cards are made of papers that contain flower seeds which makes it fun to recycle! Wedding websites are a very popular and useful idea to have all of your information in one place. You can post locations, directions, hotels etc on the website forgoing the need to print them on paper.

The wedding apparel for the bride and groom can be a costly and wasteful part of the wedding. A great place to "reuse" and save money is with your wedding dress, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. Consider wearing your grandmother's vintage wedding dress or purchase one from a resale shop. A vintage wedding dress can be very stylish these days, although it can always be altered into something more current. It is always sensible to purchase a dress and suit that can be worn again for special occasions. Avoid synthetic materials and look for organic fabrics.

A natural outdoor location for the wedding ceremony really sets the tone for a Green Eco Wedding. The Green Grass Wedding Collection from Lora Severson Photography offers unique custom Green Grass Save the Date Announcements, Wedding Invitations, Bridal Shower Invitations, Rehearsal Dinner Invitations, Thank You Notes, Postage Stamps and more. Barn and Farm weddings are becoming more popular as a location for an outdoor wedding. Often the ceremony is held in a meadow and the reception is held in the barn. The Country Wedding Collection of wedding invitations, announcements and cards gets everyone in the mood for a "down home" wedding!

To cut down on gas consumption, have your reception at the same location as your ceremony. It can be fun to decorate with natural local wildflowers, ivy, leaves and sticks from the area. Natural wildflowers can even make a beautiful bridal bouquet. However, if you need to, you can always substitute some organic flowers.

Instead of giving a wedding favor that is useless and will end up in a drawer or landfill, consider a Wedding Charity Favor Card and really make a different in someone's life. The Wedding Charity Favor Card states that In lieu of a traditional wedding favor, a donation has been made in your wedding guest's name to charity. Customize it with the specific name of your charity. 
For other green favor ideas including seed packets, soy candles, lavender wedding rice and more shop The Knot Wedding Shop's Eco-Weddings boutique for inspiration.

Bamboo is a symbol of luck and success due to its strength, resilience and ability grow quickly, which also makes it an eco-friendly favor. Each wedding favor includes four bamboo coasters packaged in a picture window gift box that features subtle bamboo design, a natural raffia tie, and a matching round "For You" tag.

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