Instead, have your guests throw freeze-dried rose petals. These are all natural, biodegradable, and noting romance says remove like roses. You can also be eco-friendly by giving wedding favors that live on long past your wedding day. One of the most novel developments in wedding favors is what is known as plant-able paper. Created by using recycled rag and paper that is impregnated with wildflower seeds, this paper can be formed into hearts, doves, cones and even wedding invitations. Once the wedding is over, your guests can take their favor home and plant it in the ground. They can remember your wedding fondly as they grow a patch of wildflowers in their own yards. Other popular eco-friendly wedding favors include a little clay pot packaged with an ornament such as a dove, a cross, a heart or another wedding-themed motif.
They are beautiful table decorations at your wedding, then they can go home with your guests to be planted in a half inch of soil so that they may bloom. If you decide to give candy favors to your guests, there are organic chocolates available with minimal packaging which will reduce the amount of waste that your wedding will generate. These chocolates are not only friendly to the environment, but they also taste great! Other Tips for Making Your Wedding a Green Wedding If you want a completely eco-friendly wedding, do not stop with the eco-friendly wedding favors. There are many other ways to make your wedding greener. Below are just a few tips for making your wedding green and Earth-friendly. Choose to serve an organic, vegetarian or vegan menu to your guests. Try not to use disposable serving ware or dinnerware at your wedding. The water saved by not washing the dishes does not offset the resources used in making disposable plates and dinnerware.
Choose invitations printed on recycled, unbleached paper, or ones with non-petroleum based inks printed. You can find a number of beautiful eco-friendly wedding invitations online. Serve organic coffee at your wedding and all of your wedding events such as rehearsal dinner, engagement party and any others. Choose a wedding gown that is eco-friendly. You can either reuse your mother s wedding gown, or buy one that is second-hand. You can also repurpose a gown that was bought at a vintage shop. Avoid clothing that needs to be dry-cleaned such as rental tuxes. Choose flowers that are grown locally to cut down on the carbon footprint of transporting the flowers cross-country or over the ocean. While you are thinking flowers, think about choosing live centerpieces that can go home with your guests and be replanted. Small trees are an ideal choice because they will grow up to help reduce the carbon emissions in the atmosphere and continue doing good things for our Earth for decades. If possible, hold your wedding outdoors and use as little electricity as possible. An afternoon outdoor wedding is beautiful, romantic and uses very little in the way of energy generated. You will have the advantage of natural light and the beauty of the Earth as your backdrop. Ask your photographer to use digital media and digital provide proofs of your wedding photographs. That will cut down on the amount of chemicals used in developing your photographs and the use of paper photos.