How to Plan a Green Wedding

In Part 1 of this Green Wedding Series we revealed that almost everything at a wedding can be handmade or used. Couple can exchange vintage rings bought at estate or thrift stores or recycle an old family diamond as an engagement ring. This frequently can allow for great cost savings for beautiful rings.

We also mentioned that fresh flowers can be obtained from local gardens and consider using wildflowers, too.

We reminded you that just like with camping no trash should be left behind. When you leave, you try to erase every sign of yourselves having been there and bring that attitude into the wedding and reception.

Here are more great earth friendly tips for a lovely green wedding:
– Replace cut flower centerpieces with potted plants that guests can take home and keep indoors or replant.
– Dedicate a registry to a cause. The I Do Foundation ( lets guests donate money to a specific charity of choice.
– Go paper-free. Websites such as,, and let couples create invitations online to be sent online.

– Consider webcasting your big day and cut down on guest travel. Websites such as and offer guests a chance to view the nuptials on the Net.

Organize carpools for the guests or hire hybrid buses or limos.

– Give favors that can help the earth, such as a tree seedling or seeds to plant in guests’ backyards, is a great source.

Paper Saving Wedding Tips:

Select only 100% Post-Consumer Waste (PCW), 100% recycled or tree-free paper, such as recovered cotton, for your wedding stationery.

Use natural inks for invitations Printing your invitations with soy- or vegetable-based, biodegradable inks ensures the cards are easily recyclable—every ton of paper recycled saves 17 mature trees.

Save paper by opting to use an all-in-one invitation with a tear-away RSVP postcard and print an email address or phone number on the invitation itself for RSVP.

Use the Internet  Your guests can go online to find information on travel and hotel accommodations, maps and transportation, wedding weekend events, and how to RSVP and indicate meal selections all from your wedding website.  Remember to print it on the invitation.

Go paper-free   Websites such as,, and let people create invitations online to be sent online.

Send Thank You notes with a postcard or a single flat-panel card and envelope.

Give wedding guests herb seeds in a small pot for growing their own fresh food.

Create an alternative green gift registry and ask for items such as family recipes, candid photos from the reception, and compact fluorescent light bulbs, gardening tools.

Chic and Savvy eco-conscious couples are donating leftover reception food to homeless or battered women’s shelters They are planting trees in honor of the occasion or their new family or cherished guests in lieu of giving favors, and asking that contributions be made in their name or in honor of the event to the charity of their choice.


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