Green weddings, like in so many areas of our lives, are ways to cut back on waste and lessen our impact on the environment.
Why should I be aware of it?
According to Climate Care, an organisation that offsets harmful carbon dioxide emissions, the average wedding emits around 14.5 tons of CO2, markedly more than the 12 tons emitted by the average person during a whole year. Can there be a better occasion than wedding to say “I care”? A vow to treat one’s spouse and the planet with love and care. Green wedding is an important way of incorporating what you value into your life celebration. It begins with the earthly, natural tones to the wedding invitation, wearing that hemp dress, driving up in a hybrid car, and extends to plans for life together after the wedding. Visit Handmade Wedding Cards for eco-friendly wedding cards and handmade wedding invitations catalogue.
All about green weddings
Green weddings have evolved from using a few green elements to ensuring that the entire ceremony doesn’t contribute to natural resource depletion. Here the bride chooses a gown that can be worn again to parties. It include everything eco-friendly - from using soy-based candles, rather than those of petroleum-based wax caterers, decorating with potted plants that can be transplanted, to hiring caterers who use locally grown ingredients. Refer to How Green Your Wedding
What can I do?
A green wedding begins where any engagement does: with a ring. Don't start off on a sour note. The beautiful alternatives to "blood diamonds" (those that are mined in war zones and fund conflicts) include:
Vintage rings, whether a family heirloom or an antique find (you can even have old gold melted down and refashioned)
Less exotic (and more easily-attainable) stones
Green wedding dress
"Most wedding dresses are made in factories in the Far East, where there are huge problems with labour exploitation and poor working conditions," says designer Joanne Mackin, 39, who specialises in made-to-measure environmentally friendly wedding dresses. "Then add in the air miles and CO2 emissions resulting from transporting the dresses back to the UK and you can begin to see the problem."
Polyester, the basis of most wedding dresses, is made from petrochemicals, is non-biodegradable and involves the intensive use of energy and water in its production. Silk dresses fare no better, thanks to the fact that the silk worm is often boiled alive or electrocuted in order to extract silk from its cocoon.
In her dresses, Mackin uses natural organic and fair trade fabrics as well as "Peace Silk" to make dresses from her front room.
If you can't order a custom dress, take a look out for these:
Dresses that can be used for multiple occasions
Dresses made from natural fiber, such as cotton, linen or hemp
Dresses with lower amounts of extra adornments, such as bows and skirt layers
Secondhand wedding dresses (often found in like-new condition)
Saying “I Care” with Flowers
Using cut flowers results in a lot of floral waste. Green weddings use potted flowers, plants, or even small trees, which can later be transplanted to your garden or yard. Pesticide-free flowers also bloom more beautifully.
There are a large number of places, including the web, where the bride can buy flowers. Online purchases offer prices comparable to any other boutique.
Organic Food and Wines
The menu is the most important part of the wedding. An ideal menu is that of locally grown, organic vegetables and sustainably harvested fish. Explore serving sea food instead of meat as the meat-processing industry emits a lot of toxins and uses a lot of energy. Sea food is organic and low in mercury.
Support local growers and lessen the impact on the environment by going for locally-grown foods, instead of food items that have to be shipped a long way. And include organic wines and champagnes on your bar list. Organic wines don't use harmful chemicals during farming.
Homemade tablecloths can later be turned into dinner napkins.
Environmentally Friendly Fabrics
There are many alternatives to this wasteful and costly approach of making a wedding dress which the bride will wear only for a few hours. Environmentally friendly fabrics are becoming more readily available and include organic cotton, linen, silk and hemp. These fabrics are made from raw materials and grown according to organic standards. There are some great wedding options emerging, such as organic tweed suits and Hemp Silk (60%/40%) Charmeuse which is perfect for wedding gowns.
Pick clothes made from hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton or silk--or find a dressmaker who will make a one-of-a-kind item out of these sustainable eco fbres (men's suits and shirts come in organic cotton or wool too). Natural fabric can be purchased online to make beautiful wedding dresses. Refer Green Wedding Dresses & Gowns
Another great way of lowering costs and environmental impact of your clothing is hiring suits and dresses. You only need to use it when you need it and then it goes for multiple reuses.
Charity Instead of Wedding Favors
Donating to charity instead of handing out wedding favors has become a sort of a movement. See an American Diabetes Associationproject on this.
‘Goody bar’ created with small Chinese take-out boxes available online can be attractive and memorable favors for your guests. Flower seeds or seeds of trees can also be good favors.
Minimizes Travel Impacts for Guests
A normal wedding is estimated to emit as much as 15 tons of carbon dioxide. For location choosing a setting that's convenient and minimizes travel impacts for guests. Ideally the ceremony and the reception should be at the same place.
Green wedding is a multi-million dollar industry and to meet this growing trend many small and large businesses are popping up to provide eco-friendly and socially-responsible wedding supplies. Wedding advisers not going green are at a competitive disadvantage. Organizers offer hybrid limousines and find accommodations at places committed to saving water and energy and reducing solid waste, pesticide-free menus, and fine china and linen napkins instead of throwaways.
Some are making plates made out of sugar cane and utensils made from potato starch or corn plastic into compost piles. These are composted and turned into fertilizer instead of ending up in a landfill.
- Green weddings makes less of an impact on the environment and shun things that are in excess.
- Green weddings means printing invitations on recycled paper with soy based inks.
- Green weddings are where favors are donations to charities. Here the rings are not blood diamonds (those that are mined in war zones and to fund conflicts).
- In such weddings oodles of fine food is not dumped in the trash bin but goes to the homeless and shelter less.
- More and more are opting for natural fabrics and sustainable foods, pesticide-free flowers and organic menus for their wedding. Some are even giving their wedding gifts as donations to favorite charities.
- New York Times Article
- The Knot
- Eco Friendly Weddings
- How Green Was My Wedding
- ↑ How to have a green wedding