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Green Weddings for 2008

Weddings are becoming eco-friendly and green weddings are a big trend for 2008. Couples are trying to be environmentally conscious about everything from wedding invitations down to the menu and wedding favors.

Invitations are the first thing guest will look at and get an idea about what your wedding will be like. Incorporate the green wedding theme into the invitations by using recycled paper. Other very pretty paper options for wedding invitations are handmade or plantable papers processed chlorine-free and printed with vegetable or soy base inks. A great wedding invitation idea is to use tree-free paper made out of hemp banana stalks, bamboo, kenaf, or organic
cotton.

Green wedding ideas spark the thought of a rustic garden wedding. Couples are opting for the out doors and natural settings for their wedding locations. Choice of venue sets the tone for the wedding and it is important to consider a few factors for a green wedding. Choose a setting that’s convenient to most guests in order to minimize travel impacts. Have the ceremony and reception at the same place, or provide eco-friendly transportation between them. For a rustic wedding theme, hayrides for the guests would be a lot of fun. Other uses of transportation could be a horse drawn carriage, cycle rickshaw, or hybrid car. Another unique venue idea is to pick a local spot that is eco-friendly like an art gallery, nonprofit space, organic restaurant or farm, green hotel, botanical garden, or green-roofed building--that supports a cause you believe in.
 

Sinamay Pouches Personalized Spice  Natural Favor Box
Sinamay Pouches Personalized Spice Natural Favor Box

It’s easy to add beauty and style to a wedding naturally, especially when the out doors can easily add natural décor, such as for a garden wedding theme. For centerpieces and decorations opt for organic flowers or even just luscious fruits. Bird Seed Satchels would not only look pretty hanging from centerpiece branches, but they could double as guest gifts or green wedding favors. Simply add name tags to each pouch. Decorate with branches, dried grasses, grains, greens, berries, or live plants. Potted or dried arrangements can also double as wedding favors. Bridesmaids could carry matching purses or silk bouquets instead of cut flowers. A beautiful idea is to throw organic rose petals or lavender, rather than release butterflies.

Next, make sure to create an organic menu. Wedding guests will be spoiled with fresh local organic and seasonal foods. Ask the venue's preferred caterers and bakers if they can do your event organically. Create a more unique menu with fresh squeezed juice bars and the free-trade, shade-grown coffee and tea barista! Natural edible wedding favors, such as coffee and tea wedding favors are also a nice gesture to go with this idea.

ICreate a custom wish list of eco-friendly items like organic gardening supplies, organic linens, and fresh produce subscriptions from a local farm. For your favors, give something your guests will really use and enjoy not disposable plastic souvenirs. Give the gift of the outdoors. Miniature plants are a new trend. Wildflower seed favors have become a classic wedding favor idea that is available for purchase in many design styles. Gourmet organic chocolates presented in paper white bon bon favor boxes wrapped with raffia or straw are a nice gesture. Also, available are natural colored favor boxes for a more rustic look. Attractive bags or fresh or dried organic herbs are a very aesthetic wedding favor idea. Use organic jute bags or sinnamay bags to create wedding favors or even bridal shower favors. Natural soap favors made of lavender or olive are a great wedding favor idea or bridal shower favor idea as well.

Plan the bridal shower, bachelor parties, and bachelorette parties to keep the green theme going. Indulge in organic wine (or beer) tasting or an organic spa treatment. Take a class and learn to make your own wedding flowers or jewelry. Do something low-impact and outdoorsy like a camping, surfing, sailing, kayaking, or fishing trip. An outdoor trip can be a combined event for both the bride and grooms friends.

Going green is a great way to make the festivities unique and meaningful--and show friends and family just how fun, beautiful, and delicious a sustainable lifestyle can be. A green wedding is not only a good deed for our environment, but a trend that will be everlasting. 


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