Eco-Friendly Weddings and Greener Events

June is right around the corner ushering in wedding season. The most popular month to marry, sought-after indoor and outdoor venues are booked solid during the month.

By now you may have RSVP’d to several upcoming nuptials – comparing invites and wondering what dramatic theme the couples have chosen to say I Do in. In recent years, green, organic, and eco-friendly weddings have gained in popularity.

While many people still associate sustainable weddings with outdoor benches and DIY décor, more wedding planners catering to exotic large scale events are surprising guests with elegant sustainable affairs. From innovative invitations to honeymoon destinations, a greener wedding can take many forms. Here are a few ideas for eco-friendly nuptials.

Invitations – Sure, recycled paper will do the trick, but you can also look for plantable prints, seed paper, soy ink, and vegetable-based dyes. Botanical invitations come in a variety of gorgeous designs. The bride and groom may keep a copy in a fame, but the rest can be tossed without a care because as these invites are biodegradable.  (Or, skip the postage entirely and go paperless with email announcements.)

Event Spaces – You don’t need to book the botanical gardens when natures playground offers you a wealth of raw beauty. Pick a scenic knoll, a panoramic hillside vista, a wooded clearing, or even a public park to host your event. Greenhouses, vineyards, and manicured estate gardens often play host to a number of weddings.

Flowers – Fresh cut, organic bouquets may be your first choice, but don’t discount potted centerpieces such as orchids to make a beautiful statement. Consider topiaries of moss and non-flowering plants to design the perfect living, eco-friendly setting.

Dining– Farm to Table cuisine – Fresh, organic, healthy, and downright delish. The farm to fork frenzy delivers on elegance and taste that will appeal to all palates.

Lighting – Ditch the fluorescents and let mother nature create the perfect lighting effect for your special day. At sunrise and sunset, you can fill your wedding album with backdrops of spectacular colors and illuminating images without so much as flicking on a light-switch. Consider organic honeycomb or soy candles that burn clean in mason jars to supplement when the sun goes down.

Whether you are absconding from tradition by throwing birdseed instead of rice, choosing edible favors in celebration of the occasion, or riding off into the sunset on a bicycle made for two, a greener wedding offers endless opportunities to wow your guests.

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