Going Green On Your Wedding Day

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Rings
Use heirloom jewelry. Perhaps a ring that honors your family or heritage. Or find a vintage piece on ebay or a local antique shop.

You can choose rings made from recycled metals or wood. Many companies specialize in eco-conscious jewelry and follow ecologically responsible practices.

Choose a ring with a “green” diamond – which are mined in conflict-free areas instead of “blood diamonds” – those mined in war zones. Or choose a lab-created or “cultured” diamond. This man-made alterative is created from the same chemical crystal as natural diamonds, but require no mining.

Favors
Give your guests something that gives back to the earth. Plantable favors such as saplings wrapped in burlap, seeded paper, or packets of flower seeds. Or omit favors altogether and make a donation to your favorite charity. Edible favors are always a crowd pleaser. Everyone loves them so they’re not left over. Place candy or other sweet treats in a eco-friendly favor box or bag.

Centerpieces & Decor
Use potted plants so guests can take them home, replant and enjoy. Think potted orchids, African violets or succulents. Or crate a simple water garden – use cylinder vases or round “fish bowl” styles, add some colorful glass stones or river rocks, and submerge a single bloom such as a rose or calla lily. Create a pretty centerpiece with some branches and a few flower blooms, or paper flowers. You can also use non-floral items like seashells, recycled-paper flowers, or colorful bowls of fruit. If you love the look of candlelight, soy candles are a great option.

Cake Toppers
Vintage cake toppers are a fun, eco-friendly alternative to purchasing a new topper. The charming couple below belonged to the the bride’s mom and dad. You can also find vintage toppers at flea markets or on eBay. Another unique eco-friendly alternative is a recycled paper origami topper – they can be made to fit any theme or color scheme.

Transportation
Even your mode of transportation can be eco-friendly. A cute bicycle built for two or horse and carriage are romantic alternatives to a car. Rent a hybrid vehicle. If your wedding is by a lake, make your getaway in a row boat or canoe.

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Here are some eco-friendly wedding sites to help you in your planning:
earthfriendlywedding.blogspot.com
eco-beautifulweddings.com
ruffledblog.com
greenbrideguide.com
greatgreenwedding.com

For more great planning tips and ideas, contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean


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