All posts tagged: Green wedding planning

Transporting your Guests the Green Way

Depending on where you host your wedding, your transportation needs will be different. A few important things to consider before deciding on how you’re handling this particular issue are as follows: How accessible is your venue? Is there a lot of available parking? You don’t want your guests scrambling to find somewhere to park to come see you and your partner on your wedding day! How many people are from out of town? If guests are from out of town, how are they going to travel to your Wedding? How many guests are attending? The more people attending equals more people driving cars and higher amounts of C02 emissions. Is there drinking? How will intoxicated guests get home safely? (Did you know that you’re potentially liable if one of your intoxicated guests gets in an accident leaving your event?) These are, of course, just a few considerations to take into account when deciding on how (or if) you’d like to transport guests to your big day. Ways to make transportation “Green Friendly” Have your ceremony venue and reception …

Green Wedding Blues? How to Start Planning your Green Wedding Without Getting Overwhelmed

Green Wedding Blues? How to Start Planning your Green Wedding Without Getting Overwhelmed Does planning a “Green Wedding” make you feel overwhelmed to the point where you’d rather just give up? It shouldn’t. There are still many misconceptions about Green Weddings that would have you believe that you have to sacrifice things you love in order to have an eco-friendly day but that is just not true. Our Wedding, in June 2014, was eco-friendly and it was everything we could have hoped for! The important thing to remember is that your entire wedding does not have to be Green! You don’t need every last detail in your day to be eco-friendly (unless, of course, you want it that way!). Try to keep your plan in perspective and make conscious choices to reduce the size of your carbon footprint where you can. My suggestion to you would be to research information available on Green Weddings and see what options best speak to you. The best comprehensive resource that I have found is a book titled The …

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 2)

Something Old, Something New: Wedding Recycling 101 (Part 2) This is Part 2 of the Recycling series. Last week we looked at why recycling is important (including a chart explaining how long it takes for some products to biodegrade–click here if you missed it!) and tips for incorporating it into your wedding planning and some great websites to use for buying consignment wedding items. So, why is it important to consider using recycled materials? This quote from http://www.benefits-of-recycling.com sums it up nicely: “When paper and other suitable materials are recycled [the environmental impacts] are reduced significantly.” (“Recycling Paper.” Benefits of Recycling. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2015.) 2. Use Recycled invitations (1. last week was “Buy Used”) Consider finding a seller who specializes in invitations made from recycled paper materials. A great example of a Wedding Invitation seller is MulberrybyMDCDesigns on Etsy. In my conversation with the Artist, Marni there was a really great quote used to describe the shop’s goal in terms of it’s Eco-Friendly efforts: “It’s always been important to me to show that there are little ways to make …

10 Bouquet Alternatives that make [Scents]

Two years ago when I was planning my wedding I noticed that when choosing wedding flowers there is a lot more at stake than just cost. Case in point, did you know that many cut flowers are imported from abroad and soaked in chemicals? (and that many of these chemicals are actually banned in the U.S. and Canada?!). Although flowers sure look pretty some of them can come at a hefty environmental cost. This certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t have real flowers for your wedding but make sure that you do your research and find out where these flowers are coming from and how they and the employees caring for them have been treated. For my partner’s and my wedding we bought the bridal bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquets off of Kijiji. They are silk flower hydrangeas with added vintage broaches. The best part about these bouquets is that they were used in a wedding before ours, then they were used in our wedding, and now we get to pass them forward for someone else to use–that’s at least 3 uses with one product! Brides and grooms today are fairy lucky (minus the planning …

Green Wedding Ideas–Part 3

The overall goal here at the Eco-Bride Project is to encourage wedding planners to reduce waste and to reduce the use of toxins and chemicals that the average wedding creates. I will help guide you to do this by following the basic reduce, reuse, and recycle principle (it’s easier than you may think!). Today we’re looking at a few eco-friendly options for your wedding’s invitations, decorations, favors, and gifts. Invitations Choose invitations that are made from (at least partially) recycled materials Check out Something New Stationary on Etsy: click here. Check out Mulberry Fields on Etsy: click here. Choose alternative material like bamboo or hemp. Skip all the extra inserts for your invitation and put extra information on a wedding website. Check out the Knot for a free wedding website: click here. Check out My Wedding for a free wedding website: click here. Although it’s customary etiquette to send physical invitations for the actual wedding, for any events surrounding the wedding opt for electronic invitation. (E.g. Try using Facebook groups to invite people to showers or bachelorette parties). Decorations …