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eco-friendly wedding tips

Weddings, like all big parties, involve lots of people, food, drinks, and decorations – and lots of potential for waste. Of course you want your celebration to be festive and bountiful – as it should be – but there are small steps you can take to protect our beautiful planet while still creating your perfect party. Here are a few ideas:

 

  • Save trees by printing your invitations on recycled paper, and consider using an electronic invitation for your satellite celebrations. Also, print just one ceremony program per couple or one or two menu cards per table.
  • Use sustainable materials for your decor. Recycled glass vases are becoming readily available – and affordable – even at mainstream retailers. Bamboo is a rapidly renewing resource and a great design element for Asian-themed or beach weddings.
  • Have a 100-mile wedding. Ask your florist and caterer to use local farmers and resources, and highlight what’s in season on your tables and menus.
  • Donate leftovers wherever possible. Ask your caterer and florist if there are any local charities that could benefit from your wedding bounty.
  • Skip guest favors altogether (in my opinion, they’re overrated). If you want to give guests something aside from the great party you’ve just hosted, consider planting a tree in their honor. You can also pack soaps or candies in seeded paper boxes. After your guests unwrap their goodies, they can plant the paper box in their garden and watch it sprout flowers.

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