Of course you want to have a beautiful wedding, but you also want to reduce your impact o n the environment. Being good to Mother Earth doesn’t have to be hard or insanely expensive! Read on for more tips on having a green ceremony and reception and still have the time of your life!
You can have your candles and light them, too! You can order soy candles or natural beeswax candles that do not emit harsh synthetic scents into the air. These candles will only come in an offwhite color, however. Colored candles must be dyed and are therefore artificial.
Unplug the Tunes
To really get your guests dancing the night away, hire a band and have them play unplugged. This will result in a very natural sound that your guests will love. You’ll save a ton of electricity in the process (and you can take your party to the great outdoors)!
Donate Your Dress
Not only will you prevent your gown from going straight to the landfill, but you’ll also allow a woman in need to benefit from the dress itself or from its sale. Another option is to sell your dress online or at a consignment shop and then donate the profit to your favorite charity. You can also ask your bridesmaids to donate their dresses if they won’t wear them again after the big day.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
You can do this in a number of ways! For the invitations, ceremony programs, and menus, use recycled paper and re-recycle them at the end of the night. Request soy ink, which is biodegradable, for all of the wedding day materials. Later, reuse the flowers you had at the ceremony for the reception, which will save you money while benefiting the environment.
Having a green wedding will make your wedding feel more connected with the environment and will help you focus on the real celebration at hand: the commitment you’re making to your partner. Nothing can be purer than that! Ask your event stylist at the Liberty House, Stone House, The Ryland Inn or Celebrate at Snug Harbor for more advice on how to have an amazing eco-friendly wedding.
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