Your Eco-Friendly Wedding Guide – Lavender Confetti

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Your Eco-Friendly Wedding Guide

Reposted from; The Knot

We don't expect you to wage war against your venue if it doesn't have low-flow toilets, but we're all for helping the earth—and you can do it without sacrificing your budget, vision or sanity. Check out our tips for going green without walking down the aisle in a biodegradable paper dress. And when you're ready to start booking the pros, check out our eco-friendly vendor guide.

Choosing a venue helps set the stage and theme for any event and is usually your first major decision. One of the biggest ways to cut down on energy is to get married outdoors, like on a farm or vineyard, where the sun can provide all of your lightings. There are tons of beautiful botanical gardens, hilltops and refurbished barns that offer modern conveniences, like sinks and toilets, so you don't have to sacrifice on the hygiene.

We know outdoor ceremonies and receptions don't work for everyone. If you want to be indoors, there are several ways you can make it green. First, hold your ceremony and reception in one place—no one will have to travel to get from one event to the next, which cuts back on fuel emissions. Or choose a venue that gets plenty of sunlight and host a daytime wedding so you can leave the lights off. Another way to be green indoors: Look for hotels that recycle and use energy-efficient appliances and biodegradable products. Not sure where to start? Check out Environmental Friendly hotels for reviews and rankings.

The Stationery

Millions of trees are toppled every year to make paper products, and the process of producing these items pollutes the environment. Now more and more couples are trying to help by making eco-conscious invite choices. We do recommend old school snail mail for the wedding invitations, but for save-the-dates, paperless is becoming more and more common. You can also reduce the inserts in your invitations by directing people to your wedding website for any extra details. For your invitation, keep an eye out for stationers who offer recycled paper products and vegetable-based inks, like The Windmill Paper boutique they even source printing from windmill-powered printers!). Some paper products are even plantable—yes, plantable! Paper from companies like Botanitcal Paper Works are embedded with seeds, so guests can plant them in their backyards and the paper turns into flowers, plants or herbs instead of ending up in a landfill. Or you can opt for sustainable resources, like cotton items from Crane and Co. or bamboo options by Smock.

The Flowers

You may not think about it, but not all flowers are organic. Some farms use chemicals to keep insects at bay, which can end up affecting organic matter in the soil, and in some cases, causing illness in the workers who handle them. To make sure your blooms are as sustainable as possible, look to companies that are farm-to-table, so to speak—companies that cut the stems and have the flowers to you within a few days, like The Bourq. Co. (and less refrigeration time means less electricity use!). Ask your florist about in-season and local flowers to ensure the freshest, best quality items at the best price. If you have your heart set on a flower that isn't in season and a seasonal replica won't do, look for flowers that are VeriFlora-certified. This means that the blooms aren't grown with chemicals or grown under harsh working conditions. Don't want your beautiful flowers thrown away after your celebration? Work with a company that will pick up the arrangements and reuse them, like Rebloomor Repeat Roses. Another eco-friendly choice is to choose potted blooms, plants or topiaries as centerpieces. This way, you can take them home and replant them after the wedding.

Not a flower person? Walk down the aisle with a brooch bouquet, an arrangement of silk stems or a bundle of farmer's market fruits and veggies (kale, for example, has a sturdy stalk and beautiful green foliage) and decorate reception tables with things you can reuse in your home after the wedding, like soy-based candles or stacks of books.


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