We only have one world, and sometimes, it is hard to believe how simple, ordinary things we do can harm or save it. Although we are used to recycling paper, plastic and glass, there are other things we can do to make our environment cleaner. We can start by our wedding planning! The wedding industry produces a lot of waste that has an impact on our planet. Sometimes we do not even realize how much producing linens, paper and even food can affect the world. But, let’s be positive, there are a couple of things we can do while planning our wedding that can reduce our environmental foot print.
One simple way to make your wedding greener: recycled invitations and stationary. This type of stationary is simple to find and it is not very expensive or, if you prefer, you can do your own. This idea can also add a lot of detail to your invitations because you can incorporate small dried flowers, leaves or food coloring to the process for a customized look. It can also be a nice project to get involved with friends and family and that can be made months before the wedding.
When thinking of the reception, there are innovative ideas that can help the planet and make your centerpieces look fantastic. An example is the DIY Flower vases, available at Fiftyflowers.com. These vases are 100% recyclable, can be easily stored and reused for other events and can be customized to your taste. Also, you can use organic flowers to add to your centerpieces which are pesticide free and do not harm the soil they are planted in.
The wedding dress is probably the most important detail for the bride. One option you have is to use a gown that has been worn by someone special and that holds a sentimental meaning to you. This is also a great idea if you want to go with a vintage look. You can prevent the negative environmental effects that are caused by producing one dress.
You can also opt for green favors. Wedding seed favors as well as small plants are great choices for your guests to remember your affair. They are a wonderful decoration for homes and they will purify the air when planted. However, if you prefer a more meaningful alternative, you can donate money to a local environmental organization which will allocate those funds to help your city’s environment.
Going green is not necessarily more expensive as most people would think; most of the time it will actually save you some money, but most importantly, it will give you the opportunity to allow your kids enjoy the world you know now.