Why have a green wedding?

With many people looking to be environmentally aware these days, it is natural that it should be considered for every aspect of life and your wedding day is no different.  After all, there are environmental implications in everything we do and when we plan for weddings the environment might unfortunately be overlooked.  It is estimated that the average wedding will leave behind 400lbs of waste and create 63 tons of CO2.

Consider the implications of a traditional wedding:

  • Stationery – invitations, order of service and other printed materials for the day will have an impact on the environment.
  • Transport – those traditional vintage cars are not really eco-friendly are they?
  • Outfits – wedding clothes can be just as unsustainable as other outfits you buy, even more so when you consider that they will only be worn once.
  • Venue – is the venue an environmentally friendly one?

These are just a few factors to take into consideration but when you sit down and add it all up your wedding day could be one of the most unsustainable days of your life.

So how do you combat this?  First of all by making sure that you look into every aspect of the day carefully and making sure that it is as green as possible.  You will soon realize that an environmentally friendly wedding is easier to arrange than you might think.

Minimizing waste is an essential part of the process.  For example, room decorations for the reception.  These are often thrown away at the end of the day but you could hire reusable decorations so that nothing goes to waste.  Hiring items is often the most environmentally friendly way to have the look and feel that you want for your day without the guilty conscience.  These items will be used time and time again, reducing any impact that they have on the environment.

Then there are other aspects of the wedding.  Flowers, for example, are something that most people would not think could leave a negative impact on the environment.  However, many commercially grown flowers are grown with the help of fertilizers and then there are the environmental implications of transportation.  For a greener wedding, organically grown flowers are a must and locally sourced flowers are essential for reducing environmental impact.

Choosing a venue that has a strong sustainable focus is an important factor.  Consider how the venue generates energy.  If you are opting for a hotel ask if they make use of solar power or other methods that reduce their CO2 emissions.  Talk to the caterers to see if their ingredients are organic and sourced locally. Find a dress made from organic fibers or use one that is hired or borrowed.  Make your own invitations or send them electronically to reduce environmental impact.

All of these are small changes that can be made to the traditional wedding and their impact will hardly be noticed – least of all by the environment.

Top Eco-Friendly Wedding Blogs according to Ecoura

One of the biggest wedding trends in 2014 is the commitment to ‘going green’ and having an eco-friendly wedding. Couples are opting for rustic barn weddings, an outdoor ceremony on a hillside, exchanging vows by the ocean or on the prairie, and although the days of the indoor church wedding and an indoor reception still remain popular, it is also preferable if these venues are “green” as well.

Ecoura, a leader in creating fine jewelry from renewed gold, decided to show particular recognition to ten wedding blogs that have been outstanding in emphasizing and promoting ‘green’ or eco-friendly weddings.

Here is Ecoura’s pick of the top ten eco-friendly wedding blogs:

Eco-Beautiful Weddings

Eco-Beautiful Weddings offers ideas derived from organic & sustainable wedding tastes from around the globe. In each issue, the site offers free eco-giveaways and a challenge to each engaged couple to bring even more ideas to the site on ways to have an eco-friendly wedding.  Their motto is “If each engaged couple in the world just took one element of their wedding and at least tried to make it eco-friendly, just think about how different the environmental impact would be.”  Visit Eco-Beautiful Weddings: http://eco-beautifulweddings.com/

Ethical Weddings

Ethical Weddings is geared towards celebrating each couples’ personal values. It acts as a resource for those couples who want to plan a wedding that suits their tastes without compromising their values. The site invites planners, couples, suppliers and experts to offer advice and support and there slogan is “ethical brides and green grooms.”  Visit Ethical Weddings: http://www.ethicalweddings.com/

Green Weddings by the Knot

The Knot has always been a leader among wedding planning websites and their section on green weddings is no exception. Green Weddings by the Knot offers a great deal of advice for couples seeking to plan an eco-friendly wedding and invites people to share their tips and stories. Visit Green Weddings by the Knot: http://wedding.theknot.com/real-weddings/green-weddings.aspx

Green Bride Guide

Green Bride Guide is unique for its eco-friendly wedding gift shop and registry service.  The Wedding Shop is home to hundreds of products from eco-friendly invitations and favors to accessories and beauty products. The shop is also the first of its kind to offer carbon-neutral shipping with each purchase. In addition to the shop, the Green Bride Guide’s blog offers tons of tips and advice on how to help make your wedding a little bit greener. Visit Green Bride Guide: http://www.greenbrideguide.com/

Rustic Wedding Chic

Rustic Wedding Chic has become the go-to wedding blog for brides planning a rustic barn or country wedding. Launched in May of 2009, Rustic Wedding Chic stands out for its gorgeous photographs of rustic weddings and its thoughtful attention to details. It really does offer a great deal of guidance for couples with the very popular “Ask Maggie” column. Maggie Lord, founder of RusticWeddingChic.com is the author of two books, Rustic Wedding Chic and Barn Weddings. Visit Rustic Wedding Chic: http://rusticweddingchic.com/

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty is primarily devoted to looking beyond the traditional wedding. For this reason, the site is increasingly highlighting eco-friendly weddings and their distinct style. The site covers examples of the “best of the best” with attention to every detail. Perhaps its emphasis on pretty sets it apart from other eco-friendly sites, but it clearly makes an effort at style savvy recommendations devoted to the modern bride. Visit Style Me Pretty: http://www.stylemepretty.com/

Wedding Bee

Weddingbee is an online community for brides and wedding enthusiasts.  Weddingbee is updated daily by 20+ brides and much of their advice is built around eco-friendly weddings. Visited by over 4.5 million users each month, Weddingbee is known for its active boards where brides are able to speak to each other in a Q & A type of forum. Visit WeddingBee: http://www.weddingbee.com/

A Practical Wedding

A Practical Wedding has a feminist-leaning culture that supports a kind of low-key, natural wedding atmosphere. The editors are not particularly traditional in their approach to the wedding ritual and they have an active readership that shares how they planned and executed their wedding in the most practical manner. Their content combines how-to’s, and essays that help ‘keep it real’ and stay focused on the people and the emotions, and not so much the accessories surrounding the wedding day. Visit A Practical Wedding: http://apracticalwedding.com/

Green Wedding Shoes

At Green Wedding Shoes, the site attempts to celebrate a couples love and commitment to each other and this ‘eco-friendly’ way of life. The founders live in Los Angeles, California and they have a southern California lifestyle that sets the tones for their designs and interests. Since beginning GWS, the mission of this southern California couple has been to help brides and grooms personalize their wedding day – in eco-friendly style.  Visit Green Wedding Shoes: http://greenweddingshoes.com/