Last Earth Day, I wrote about how to make your celebration more earth friendly. This year, I’m adding a few more ideas to the list. As you plan your own celebrations, don’t forget to ask potential vendors about their ideas regarding sustainability. If they know it’s important to their business, they’ll think creatively too. When it comes to celebrating in style, going green is the new black.
1. While I still believe in sending paper invitations, more and more clients are using Paperless Post for Save the Dates and online RSVP services. Good for the environment and very cost-effective.
2. Set your ceremony one hour earlier to save on electricity, or consider a day time wedding. Eco-friendly and budget friendly, as you will be able to avoid costly lighting designer fees.
3. Negotiate digital high res proofs with your photographer, instead of a proof book.
4. No plastic cups (do I really even have to write that?) or plastic water bottles at the bar. If you must, consider Dasani’s Plant Bottle.
6. A tip from Ecotainus.com, “Take a trip to your local Whole Foods Market and look out for their “Support Local” signs which can be found all over their stores. Serve sustainable spirits (my new fave is SquareOne Vodka) or organic wines like Bonterra or Parducci.”
7. Buy local. And not just food. Consider welcome bag items and favors too. LocalHarvest.org helps people find products from family farms, local sources of sustainably grown food, and encourages them to establish direct contact with small farms in their local area.
8. A great idea from GreatGreenWedding.com, “Ask your bridesmaids to give their gowns to the Glass Slipper Project , a program that distributes formal dresses to high-school students unable to afford prom attire.”
9. For the über eco-conscious bride, Morgan Boszilkov offers wedding gowns made from sustainable hemp and silk blend fabrics.
10. Instead of the traditional chachkie favor, consider a donation to your favorite charity in your guests honor.
Any other great ideas or resources on sustainable celebrations? I’d like to hear from you.