9 simple tips to have a green wedding — Ecomasteryproject
Ecology and the eco-responsible approach, a new fashion phenomenon, are now also invited at weddings. Due to the environmental problems plaguing the planet, this practice should be a habit. So are you getting married in a few months and you would like your event to be environmentally friendly? This is why we decided to select some of the best eco-friendly tips and take the opportunity to present you with a non-exhaustive list of great providers to organize an unforgettable green wedding day in line with your values.
1. The announcement for a green wedding
Wedding invitations are the best way to start your journey in organizing an ecological wedding. Introducing your D-Day and its theme, invitations are therefore essential to inform your guests of the type of organized union. These preparations are very polluting.
An eco-friendly announcement should be made from recycled paper. It is best to choose sheets of paper made from bamboo, organic cotton or even hemp.
Beware of the ink used for printing and use plant alternatives to fight pollution truly.
You can also opt for the digital announcement, very modern but a little bit annoying.
2. An organic reception place for a green wedding
From an ecological point of view, the idea is to organize the ceremony near your home by avoiding the trip “wedding at the end of the world. You can also provide a natural setting like lodges or farms with quality labels. However, If you are unable to minimize travel, you can opt for a carriage or electric car, if you prefer modernity. But avoid cortege by car, old-fashioned and polluting.
3. The Decoration of a green wedding
For ecological and environment-friendly wedding decoration, we recommend the use of certain materials. Recycled paper and natural products such as flowers, plants, fruits or seeds, and reusable dishes are your allies!
For the decoration of the reception place, put green in the room! Arrange potted plants that you will be able to collect and replant. Also, choose fresh organic, pesticide-free flowers from a local supplier. Some brides are original and add fruit, greenery or pine cones as centerpieces. Besides, provide for tablecloths and net curtains in recycled textile fibers (organic cotton, hemp) that can decorate your reception room decorated with pallets and old barrels.
To avoid waste, you can also opt for reusable, biodegradable or compostable dishes. Bet on waterproof and 100% recyclable fiber parts. You can choose sugar cane pulp plates and wooden cutlery. It is also possible to rent dishes, in particular from the caterer or the service provider who will organize your wedding.
4. The Banquet in a green wedding
Green Wedding requires a meal and a 100% organic buffet in order! It is imperative to choose fresh, local or seasonal trade products. Some caterers offer seasonal menus and sometimes even organic menus: a category of fresh fruit juices, a category of organic starters (many organic mixed salad ideas), a category of organic cold dishes, a category of organic hot meals and finally a natural dessert and cheese category. You can also offer your guests a vegan or vegan menu; it is More original and very trendy. This type of meal is mainly based on the protection of animals but also on the planet, containing no substances harmful to man and nature. You must also plan the right amount of food without adding an extra dose of caution “in case the guests do not have enough”. Besides, for sugared almonds, opt for organic chocolates if possible, wrapped in natural fabric bags and or recycled cardboard.
5. The wedding dress
It is not because you decide to marry in an environmentally friendly way that you will not look like a princess. You can opt for a wedding dress in natural fiber (silk, hemp, linen …) or fair trade organic cotton. You can also wear a dress made of bamboo: guaranteed originality! It is also possible to reuse clothes, dresses or costumes, already worn during previous D-days, by your families or friends.
Many brides use sewists who specialize in wedding dresses to give their mother or grandmother’s dress a makeover, taking the opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones. All this avoids the use of synthetic fabrics and avoids the consumption of mass-produced products.
Also, opt for recycled jewelry or ask your grandparents to send you theirs.
For your alliances, avoid gold, the exploitation of which is devastating for the environment (rejection of cyanide and mercury) and diamond whose extraction conditions are often not very human. Choose silver or platinum.
As for the future husband, he can also choose an organic linen or hemp suit.
6. The bouquet
Since ancient times, brides have advanced towards their future husbands, a bouquet in their hands. If the choice of floral composition has changed, the tradition has not been lost.
The ideal is to choose local and seasonal flowers or labeled organic and fair trade. Local and seasonal flowers are grown outside heated greenhouses to avoid pollution. There are tulips, hyacinths, lilies in season … We can also produce them ourselves. Besides, you can go to a field of flowers to cut them yourself. The principle is simple: we pick tulips, sunflowers and other flowers in self-service.
7. The Gifts
Whether yours or those you reserve for your guests, wedding gifts can also be managed in zero waste mode, regarding the first category, ask for consumable gifts, useful and lasting gifts for your wedding list or opt for dematerialized gifts (Spa sessions, subscriptions, etc.) or a contribution to make your daily life greener: funding for bikes, electric vehicle, solar panels.
You can also Suggest that your guests make donations to environmental protection associations or make a donation to an association on behalf of your guests.
8. The Honeymoon
The stage of the honeymoon, it must be the icing on the cake. Without giving any pressure, these holidays are the beginning of married life, and they must be unique and unforgettable. Why not choose a destination known for its commitment to the environment.
Going to the other side of the world is not necessarily a necessity; a change of scenery can be done close to home.
No need to fly for hours to discover something new; you have to open your eyes to the world around you that you too often forget. While acting for the planet by reducing our impact.
Sleeping in a treehouse is the dream of many new husbands. So why not realize it at the start of your life together? Between heaven and earth closer to nature, you will live an experience that you will not soon forget. Most of these picturesque accommodations are in protected parks where humans are in direct contact with vegetation and animals.
Beyond our borders, budgets are higher. But always visit natural environments very often ignored by mass tourism. Do not limit yourself on your adventure and go to meet local people living in unspoiled places.
Here are some Ecotourism travel destinations:
· Brazil has many natural riches and some marvels of gigantism: the Igaçu Falls, the Amazon rainforest, the bay of Rio…
· France has magnificent natural areas of great wealth such as the Ecrins National Park in the heart of the Alps.
· Madagascar “feet in the water” a region between land and sea.
· Salvador could well become the new country of ecology in central America.
· With its 29 national parks assimilating jungle, volcanoes and protected fauna, Costa Rica is the green destination par excellence.
· The Galapagos archipelago offers an exceptional natural heritage that the locals are effectively trying to preserve
9. After the green wedding party
The party is over, don’t forget your good habits, starting with sorting. Do not hesitate to provide biodegradable bags and organic household products, more respectful of the environment and the health of cleaning staff.
Originally published at https://www.ecomasteryproject.com on March 1, 2020.