Green-minded brides and grooms are looking for earth-friendly choices for every aspect of their wedding from their personalized guest napkins to the menus served at their receptions. If you're committed to living green, you can keep the eco footprint of your wedding day small in many ways.
- Go for green wedding stationery. Invitations and enclosure cards are one of the biggest sources of wedding-related waste. Many stationers now offer personalized embossed wedding stationery made from recycled materials. When shopping for wedding stationery, look for the percentage of post-consumer recycled content, as this indicates how much collected waste paper is actually included in the invitations and enclosures. You may also opt for wedding stationery printed on paper alternatives like hemp or bamboo.
- Carefully select your wedding flowers. While you're likely aware of the benefits of choosing organic fruits and veggies, you may not have thought about the dangers of the chemicals used to grow and preserve flowers. Many floral solutions contain formaldehyde, which helps to keep blossoms beautiful but also is incredibly toxic. Organic flowers are available in many areas directly from farms and from specialty florists. When you choose a local provider, you'll also reduce the amount of petroleum used to deliver your wedding flowers. If you're unable to find an organic florist, nursery or flower farm near you, you can also purchase flowers and ready-made organic bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces online.
- Reduce place card waste. At the reception, you can opt for something like our Fall Leaf Plantable Seed Place Cards in place of card stock. These stylish place cards can actually be planted in soil after your wedding and will produce beautiful flowers. By pairing seed paper place cards with matching personalized table numbers cards, you can seat guests easily and be friendlier to the Earth.
- Be smart about sendoffs. While many guests look forward to doing something special when the bride and groom leave the ceremony site or the reception, many of the items commonly used to make sendoffs festive also create waste that can harm the planet or wildlife. Rice has been shown to be dangerous to birds, and throwing paper or plastic confetti is anything but green. Instead of these traditional items, you can have guests toss birdseed or rose petals. Package your throw-ables in an eco-friendly material instead of plastic or paper. Our Printed Muslin Personalized Wedding Favor Bags are a green solution that guests can reuse in the future.
- Select sustainable favors. Choosing favors for a green wedding can be a stumper for many brides, as items made of paper, plastic and wood are all typically not considered eco-friendly. Flower seeds are one thoughtful planet-minded favor idea, particularly when they are packaged in keepsake personalized favor boxes like our BloemBox Classic Flower Seeds in Gift Favor Packaging. You can also select favors made from sustainable bamboo, such as our Bamboo Coasters and our Bamboo Wood Candle Wedding Favors.
- Waste less with your gifts. After your wedding day, you'll have a mountain of presents and a stack of cards to open, and when you're finished, you'll have plenty of paper waste that you'll want to keep out of our landfills. Wrapping paper can actually be recycled, but not all community recycling programs will accept it. You can use an app like iRecycle to find the nearest place that will accept your wrapping paper, and envelopes can easily be reused as scrap paper before you put them in your recycling bins. Another green option is to opt for a honeymoon registry or a charity registry in which guests make contributions to your vacation fund or to a nonprofit organization of your choice.
From organic wedding stationery to sustainable wedding favors, with a little creativity and careful planning, you'll find numerous ways to make your big day as good for the planet as it is special for you and memorable for your guests.