If you want to make sure that your wedding is as eco-friendly as possible then you need to be organized from day one! You might not be the sort of person who likes living their life through lists but this could be the best way forward.
Step one is to create a few checklists. First of all make a checklist of your ideal wedding and everything you want for that day. You probably have a strong idea of your ideal day in your head and you need to list everything out so you can work through each item one by one. The list will include everything from your dress to the party favors. When you create your original list you will probably find it hard to believe that everything on there could be eco-friendly but it will only take a little research for you to realize that it can be.
Your next checklist will be a chronological one – what needs to be done and when. Your research will help you to determine how this should be ordered.
You will have to do a little research to find everything that you need for the wedding. You might want a vintage dress and shoes which are far greener than new ones, but where do you find these in your local area? Allow time to do a little searching – start online then visit a few places in person, but make sure that these are fairly local otherwise you will just be adding to your carbon footprint instead of keeping it down!
One of the ways in which you can have a greener wedding is to carry out certain tasks yourself. You can make your own wedding invitations and other stationery, your own wedding cake and even your own dress if you are feeling particularly creative. All of this is far more eco-friendly than purchasing from suppliers, even those that are based locally. However, it is also far more time consuming than having it all done for you so you have to factor this into your planning.
An important thing is to plan as far ahead as you can to allow all of your suppliers to meet your requirements. Your catering company, for example, may be very happy to put together an eco-friendly menu but this may involve them dealing with different suppliers than usual so may need more time for planning. Talk to them as soon as you can so that they can tell you exactly when you will need to confirm your plans.
An alternative to doing your own planning is to hire the services of an eco-friendly wedding planner. They will have all the contacts that you need to make all aspects of your day green, so instead of you traipsing around to find your vintage gown and accessories, they should be able to point you in the right direction.
Making your wedding day as green as possible is something that you can do without a lot of effort and a spring wedding is a great time of the year to do it. Spring is the rebirth of nature, with trees showing regrowth and a variety of colors in nature and you can take advantage of this for your big day but it only takes a few small changes to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding so there is no need to worry that you have to radically change your plans.
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One of the main tips for an eco-friendly wedding is to use local flowers and this is far easier in spring when there are plenty of them around. They can be picked fresh, even from your own garden. Bright colors look great at a spring wedding and you can combine this with plenty of fresh greenery. Recycle mason jars or opt for vintage vases that can be used again to show and display your flowers. Remember that each table does not have to look the same – make each one slightly different to add texture to your reception.
Flowers are not the only choice when it comes to decorations either. You can opt for platters of ripe fruits – all sourced locally and in season – and arrange these around the reception room. Take a look online for a few ideas – this is more than a few fruits piled high on a plate! They can be much more decorative than you might think.
Finding a venue is something that can be difficult when you are trying to be eco-friendly, but you can opt to have an outdoor wedding. A beautiful garden is the perfect romantic setting but you need to keep an eye on the weather forecast and be prepared to add a tent to the setting if you need to. Spring weather can be a little unpredictable, although it depends where you are, and you need to be prepared for any possibility. An outdoor location means that you also have a great backdrop for your wedding photos and this will save on things like decorations, which is not only good for the environment but also your wallet.
Your wedding food is also easy to make environmentally friendly – you simply opt for a menu that consists of locally-sourced and in-season ingredients. If you choose a local caterer and specify that this is what you want then it should be fairly easy to achieve. Ask for organic produce too – these days organic food will not cost you much more than standard food.
As it is the time of rebirth and new growth, consider this when choosing your party favors. Packets of seeds are a great environmentally friendly gift and are becoming popular. These can be personalized too if you prefer or you can combine your table decorations with gifts for guests. Use small potted plants as your decorations and then give one to each guest as a lasting memory of your big day.
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