(Photo by Next Exit Photography.)
1.Use eco-friendly paper for your invitations and event stationery. We carry FSC-certified papers. FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council, an organization that sets strict standards to assure that forests are managed responsibly. Any paper that is FSC-certified means that the paper was produced in a sustainable way by protecting the habitat, preventing pollution, planting more trees, and protecting communities indigenous to the forest. (Read more about our commitment to being green here.)
2. Use as many local vendors as possible for items that would need to be transported the day-of (cake, tables, florals, etc). This cuts down on gasoline and harmful car emissions.
3. Hold the wedding or event in a location that’s closest to the majority of guests. This reduces the need for guests’ transportation as well as reducing your event’s carbon footprint.
4. To reduce the need for decorations and flowers, choose a venue that already has natural decor, like a greenhouse or a garden.
5. Look for caterers who specialize in organic and/or locally-grown food. You can even try serving organic wine at your event.
6. Donate leftover food and flowers to local shelters.
7. Avoid disposable products as much as you can. Rent tables, linens, plates, silverware, and glassware.
8. For weddings, consider asking bridesmaids to wear their own dresses within a specific color palette. For the bride and groom, choose a vintage gown and suit! Or donate your used bridal wear to charity after the event.
9. Consider going on a eco-tourism honeymoon once the wedding is over. Look for hotels and resorts that specialize in eco-friendly services.
10. Instead of gifts, ask your guests to donate to your favorite charity.