If you are planning a wedding you may start to worry about the Earth friendliness of such events. After all, you have probably been using a lot of different papers that are not usually recycled (or made from recycled materials), and you are probably well aware of the many resources about to be consumed in everything from your bridal shower right through to the breakfast on the morning after the wedding celebration. A single reception can see a huge amount of food waste as well as the creation of full dumpsters of garbage. This is the less pleasant side of weddings and all of their associated activities, but even with tiny steps a couple can dramatically reduce the amount of waste produced by their special event.
As an example, if the couple makes a regular habit of recycling and practice energy conservation, they may find it more difficult to exercise the same control over the wedding events. But through research and effort they can make “greener” shopping choices as much as possible. For example, consider the different places that a bride can look for wedding gowns. If she has decided to purchase flower girl dresses online (which many brides will opt to do) she can begin reducing the effects of the wedding by choosing a company with some green policies.
For instance, concerned online retailers may provide a “green promise” that indicates how they use packing materials that are made from 100% recycled materials – including tissue paper and packing boxes. The same group also indicates that the fabric treatments or cleaners used on the garments they sell are also as Earth friendly as possible too. This green promise means the retailer operates daily with concern for the environment as part of business policy. However, consider that some estimates suggest nearly sixty percent of waste in landfills could be discarded clothing. What happens to the bridal attire, the ring bearer suit and the flower girl dress after the wedding? To reduce the chance of these treasures becoming mere trash, look for wedding attire that is multi-functional and can be passed to a new owner or even worn for other occasions.
Many brides and grooms are concerned about the environmental impact of their wedding and make every imaginable effort to find methods of reducing waste or reusing purchased items. Remember to seek vendors of flower girl dresses and wedding party attire with options for both simple and fancier garments. These dresses and suits will be versatile and can be worn again for other events. They might explain that a plainer dress made from cotton materials could be easily dyed and worn again, or the same site might give a helpful article or two about ways to recycle dresses through such activities as tea parties, dress up kits, plays, Halloween activities, and more.
Here are some more tips for planning an eco-friendly wedding:
1.) Plan for meals and desserts to be served on real dishes. Most caterers and hotel services will provide beautiful dishware that is always washed for re-use.
2.) Opt for paper products made from recycled fibers that can also be re-recycled. Think of this when ordering wedding invitations, thank-you notes, and programs.
3.) Consider having the ceremony at a park or wilderness preserve if you wish for a natural setting. This will contribute funds to help maintain a place of natural beauty and perhaps even inspire some guests to contribute.
4.) Request gift cards or donations to a favorite environmental organization as wedding gifts. Gift cards will not require elaborate packaging and most likely will not be discarded or wasted.
5.) Attempt to use locally grown food sources at your reception, less fossil fuels are consumed to bring the fare to your event.
6.) Look for locally grown wildflowers as well, for the same reason of reducing fossil fuels, and also to showcase the natural beauty of your own area. Consider decorating with potted plants and flowers when possible, they can be donated to the hosting place of worship or wedding attendants and guests after the ceremony.
Remember, too, that your best effort to conserve is a vast improvement over having never bothered to consider the environmental impact of your very special day. Living green is a learning process and a lifestyle choice, so practice makes perfect. And weddings are always a beautiful beginning for everything perfect.