A Wedding Day “How-To” for the couple looking to Save the Date + Save the Earth
Do you want to know what will never go out of style? Being eco-conscious on your wedding day! It’s never been easier to be environmentally friendly, but, where do you start? We’re here to give you a few helpful hints.
I know what you’re thinking – You want something original. I think most of the time, our minds go to “honey” when we think local. Don’t get me wrong, we love honey in all its tasty glory, but, you would be surprised at what is actually grown or produced in your own neighborhood; jelly, jams, syrup, olive oil, fruits, veggies, candies. The world is your oyster – just do a little research on what is local to you.
You may be the first one of your friends getting married or somewhere in the mix, but sure enough, you are bound to know someone who has been married before who has décor items they would love to lend or sell. Or, if you’re looking for a larger collection of previously used items, check out Wedding-Recycle.com to buy + sell your wedding dress + décor, or check out local groups in your area that may be buying + selling wedding items.
Not ready to commit to electronic invitations? Order beautiful invitations, place cards, and table numbers from organizations that source sustainable materials. Get this – for every order with Paper Culture, they plant a tree. Did you hear that? Every. Single. Order. All of their paperie comes from sustainable materials like recycled paper or bamboo. But, don’t forget the cherry on top – their paperie is gorgeous.
Skip the RSVP Card
Keep the gorgeous paper invitation, and digitize your RSVP. This way, guests can learn more information about the wedding day festivities on your own personal wedding day website + RSVP at the same time. You are saving time and money, and helping the environment by opting out of the RSVP card. Head over to Minted.com to create your own wedding website and have your guests RSVP in a simple + environmentally friendly fashion.
Use Potted Plants for your Tablescape
We all love lush greenery and gorgeous floral displays, but did you ever think about keeping your floral long after your wedding day? Potted décor will last and adds a fresh element to any tablescape. Try lavender or rosemary, or even house a little citrus tree atop your table. Keep them for your home together or give to family or friends as a token of love.
Work with your venue or caterer to set up recycling stations around the property so that guests can contribute to the cause!