Going green is a great way to make your wedding unique and meaningful. Plus, you get to show friends and family just how fun, beautiful, and delicious a sustainable lifestyle can be.
Extra points: In your invitations, tell guests about the local ecofriendly hotel and transportation options, whether it's hybrid rental cars or public-transit directions to the ceremony. And don't forget to pick up green paper products for your guestbook, place cards, and thank-you notes. (You will be writing thank-yous, won't you?)
7. Eat, drink, and be merry
Showcase green gustatory pleasures (and spoil your guests) by basing your menu around local, organic, and seasonal foods. Don't forget the organic wine, beer, and spirits, and the free-trade, shade-grown coffee and tea. Some tips:
8. Lasting memories
Whether you prefer film or digital photographs, hire a photographer who will do digital proofs to save paper and chemicals. Avoid single-use cameras, but ask friends with digi-cams to share their photos with all the guests online in a free Flickr or Snapfish group.
For favors, give gifts your guests will use and enjoy, not disposable plastic souvenirs. Some ideas:
For your helpful, loyal attendants, you'll want to up the ante a little, perhaps with:
Lets face it, summer is wedding season galore! Even if you are not planning on getting married I guarantee you are probably attending at least one wedding this summer. Instead of focusing solely on being a green bride website I thought I would compile a fun How to be a Green Guest list.
Image from Get Married
The recession is horrible; there is no doubt about that. I have countless number of friends, family members and acquaintances who have either been laid off or taken severe pay cuts as a result. I am sure all of us have been affected in one way or another. It is a scary, scary time. However, every once in awhile I see glimpses of hope. Hope for a new beginning, a new outlook and a new start. This article, posted today by the Wall Street Journal reminded me of that hope.
The article, to me, gets to one of the underlying and foundational problems of global warming: overconsumption. We are all guilty, myself included. It is easy to get wrapped up in the glitz and glamour of things. New iPhone for $99 (even if your current one works just fine)…why not? Cute, trendy top on sale at Forever 21 I tell myself yes, I think I could really use this top for that party I have this weekend. It is hard to force yourself to stop for a second and ask yourself:
Do I really need this?
There is a famous saying when conducting market research where you have to stop and ask yourself the following: Do I need to know? Or, do I just want to know? The same is true with overconsumption. Do I need this? Or, do I simply just want it? After all, do we really need 88 different types of Pantene products when we shop at Target? Or 24 different versions of tape measures available to us at Wal-mart? No, I am not making that up, just read the article.
Whenever I think back to a wedding I have attended it always brings up such fond memories. It is the celebration of a new beginning between two people who love and are committed to one another.
I love visiting with all the guests that traveled so far just to be there, tasting the great food, dancing to the music, admiring the beautiful decorations, etc. It is such a joyous event; it is hard to think about the true cost of a wedding. And no, I am not talking about the $20,000 plus a couple and their parents spent on the event. I am talking about the true cost.