“As Kermit the Frog famously said all those years ago, “It’s not easy being green.” Well, take it from someone who is in the thick of it, it’s doubly hard to be green while planning a wedding. Think of all those eco-diehards simply decrying the mere idea. A dress that’s worn only once! Cut flowers! Empty bottles and cans! Guests gas guzzling to travel from the four corners! Reams of wrapping paper! An electric band! Oh, the carbon footprint!
I love learning about being more “green”
Green besides one of my favorite colors is very politically correct these days
In fact, as I write this I am watching a commercial for “Brita” water purifiers which if used by more of us would help eliminate much of the waste from bottled water…that would be good …right?
A great article just appeared in the LA Times. It addressed the challenges of having a ‘green’ wedding.
Here are some of the highlights of that article which could actually give any one of us planning an ‘event’ some really great ideas. Ideas that can be carried on way beyond the actual wedding.
- invitations can still be printed-using eco-friendly paper and ink.
- hotels can actually be greener than other options since they already have their footprint…but of course you could try to find one that is eco-friendly by asking how they promote conservation of resources.
- the menu can incorporate foods that are more sustainable…wherever possible use foods that are in season and from local markets.
- think about skipping the band as their footprint is a large one…consider a deejay instead.
- wedding dresses can also be green if they are borrowed or perhaps vintage, this is obviously a hard decision but it can be done with some effort.
- flowers can also be green if they are used skillfully and are locally grown if possible.
- gifts can be greener as well… by making sure that you are registered will conserve energy in shopping for the gifts and hopefully you will eliminate duplicates.
- consider using a gift registry with the…idofoundation.org and they will make a donation to charity.
- you can even have your friends directed to a service like TravelersJoy which helps arrange a honeymoon for the bridal couple with gifts from the guests. If Travelers Joy is accessed through I Do Foundation there will also be a charitable donation from them as well.
It seems that if you want to be green you can be green all you have to do is plan…plan…plan
Mother Earth will appreciate it.