Many people say that a wedding is one of the most important events in the lives of human beings. This is why many people, especially women, go out of their way to make sure that their weddings will be perfect. But in the course of planning the perfect wedding, many people forget that some of their actions and choices are contributing to the deterioration of the environment It is actually possible to have a memorable wedding ceremony without increasing your carbon footprint.
We live in a precarious time in history. We must start to become more mindful of our actions before it is too late. There is nothing wrong with wanting to have the best for your wedding. But you have to realize that there are better options than the ones people are used to. If you have no idea how to have an eco-friendly wedding, then the following ideas can give you a clue.
Use seasonal flowers
A wedding would not be complete without flowers right? But if you are planning to import flowers from miles away, you might want to check the carbon footprint that it would leave. The only way you can be “green” and use flowers at the same time for your wedding is if you will use seasonal, locally grown blooms. Choose flowers that are grown without the use of hothouses. Give your indigenous flowers a try before you even consider getting flowers from another region. If you want to have a wide selection of flowers then you should schedule your wedding day on spring or summer. And if your budget is really tight, a good option is to ask friends and families with gardens to simply spare some of their flowers for your wedding. Just get a good florist who can work with both store bought and garden-grown flowers.
If you are looking for a flower alternative that is cheap, eco-friendly and easy to take care of, then you can use rose cacti. These plants absorb carbon dioxide 24/7 unlike other plants that perform only half that amount of time. You can definitely use these plants even after your wedding. And they are very easy to grow because they need very little water. Most importantly though they look very chic and they are perfect for those rustic weddings that many brides are dreaming of.
...or faux flowers
What is referred here as faux flowers are not those tacky plastic flowers that you can buy in stores. Those are not green at all. Green faux flowers are those that you can create on your own using recycled paper and materials that you can find in your home. Now you can finally use the pile of old magazines and books that are just gathering dust in your home. Through origami or the Japanese art of paper folding, you can easily turn these scraps of paper into flowers, leaves and other ornaments for your wedding ceremony. If you want to save hundreds if not thousands of dollars, then you can simply use faux flowers using recycled materials. Mother earth will surely love you for it. And because they cost virtually nothing, it would not hurt if your guests would take them home after the ceremony.
But still nothing beats that real thing. For a more natural and rustic look and feel, you can use greenery items such as boxwood and natural flowers. As you can see from this collection, there are many to choose from. For sure there is one that would match the theme and motif of your wedding.
Use green linens
If you are going to use linens for your wedding then you should make sure that they are organic if you want to have a truly green wedding. Do you know that conventional cotton is actually one of the most pesticide-contaminated crops? These pesticides are not only wreaking havoc to the health of humans and animals but to the environment as well. This is the reason why you need to seriously consider switching to organic fabric.
Organic linens come in different kinds. You can choose from flax, organic cotton and even burlap. A simple online search can lead you to suppliers of organic linen. The use of organic linen is perfect if you are planning to have a natural theme for your wedding. But of course, if you really want to be green, then do away with the linens altogether. If the tables that you are planning to use for your wedding are made of glass, wood or other materials, then you can be sure that they would look good with or without linens.
Lighting is essential to any wedding ceremony. It sets the mood and it makes the bride and the groom and everyone else look good in photos. But conventional lighting fixtures consume too much energy. The green alternative to conventional lighting is LED lighting. The best thing about LED is that, even though it is low voltage, it still creates a good glow. The only disadvantage of LED is that it is quite expensive. And if you are going to use a lot, the cost will quickly add up.
If money is really tight, then you can go for candles instead. But you need to understand that not all candles are green. More likely than not, the candles that you are familiar with are not green. Eco friendly candles are those that are made from soy and honeycomb. They produce cleaner smoke and they do not produce black soot the same way that conventional candles do. Soy can honeycomb candles come in different shapes, colors and sizes. If you want, you can even get scented candles to add to the romantic mood of your wedding ceremony.
Reuse and re-purpose stuff
Being green means making the most of what you have so you don't have to buy new stuff. So if you are feeling the urge new vases or other pieces for example, stop and look around your house first for old but usable materials that you can re-purpose as decor for your wedding ceremony. By doing so, you will not only be able to save money but you will contribute to saving the earth as well. If you are looking for containers for your flowers for example, then you should just search for old jars and even classic bottles or tin cans in your home. You can either hire stylist to spruce up these materials or you can decorate them yourself if you still have the time. With the right accents, you can turn these scraps into classy ans sassy works of art.
If you cannot find anything usable in your house, then what you can do is to start saving jars and bottles. These materials are perfect not only as an alternative for flower vases, they can also hold candles and even small snacks items.
Use a burlap banner
If you want to add a touch of quirkiness to your wedding ceremony while at the same time have a way of getting your message of love proclaimed to the public, then you should have a burlap banner on your wedding ceremony. Mist burlap banners are made from organic materials so you can be sure that its production has not contributed to the deterioration of the planet. One of the best things about burlap banners is that they are perfect for all types of weddings whether it is held indoors or outdoors.
Burlap banners can be placed in the door of the wedding venue or it can also be placed along the ceremony walkway or on the walls and windows. You can also place burlap banners in your wedding reception venue. There are companies that can customize burlap banners for you. You can put anything you want in these banners. Usually though, what you can see in these banners is the monogram of the couple along with the date of the wedding. Some couples also opt to put love messages or even their vows in these banners.
Green aisle runner
The most awaited part of the wedding ceremony is the entrance of the wedding entourage, particularly the bridal march. This is the reason why you need to pay particular attention to the aisle runner. And like in other wedding ceremony decoration items, you have plenty of green options when it comes to aisle runners. If you are going for a rustic outdoor wedding, then the best option for you would be to use a burlap runner.
Many people choose to use paper runners. But the problem with paper though is that it is not that durable. After the wedding march, paper runners usually get torn to pieces. Burlap runners are more durable. In fact, they can be reused several times. Burlap runners are not only durable, they are also very elegant. Paper on the other hand has a tendency to look cheap. If you want you can personalize your burlap runner by having your monogram printed on it. Having your monogram printed on the burlap runner will put more emphasis on the wedding march. With the ideas presented above, you can have your dream wedding and save the planet at the same time.