When I was planning my wedding, I came across Botanical Paperworks and fell in love with the idea of flower seed paper. Since then, they’ve come up with a fun line of wedding invitations in addition to their memorial cards (which we got for my grandmother) and plantable confetti. Here are a few of my favorite plantable wedding invitations (click each invitation for more information)!
The quintessential wedding image: the newly-married couple leaving their ceremony, being pelted with rice.
Why the heck do we do this, anyway? Throwing things at a newly married couple is a very old tradition, and is intended to give newlyweds good luck. Most of the items thrown at the couple represent fertility and abundance.
Although the rumor that rice kills birds is widespread, it’s actually an urban myth. If you’d like to have it thrown at you (and your venue allows), feel free. Looking for a more eco-friendly wedding rice alternative? Check these out:
Flowers are the go-to decoration for weddings, and for good reason: they’re gorgeous! But wedding flowers can leave a big environmental footprint—countless cut flowers are imported from developing countries with poor environmental and labor regulations. Choosing local—and hopefully organic—flowers helps lower emissions and avoids unwanted pesticide use, while growing your local economy.
We have compiled a collection of beautiful, in-season flowers for each season on Pinterest. Please click below to visit each board.
When we came across the beautiful work of Flora Grubb, we couldn’t wait to share it with you. We especially love that these centerpieces can be given away as gifts or to your guests at the end of your wedding night, and they will live well beyond your wedding day.
Check out these beautiful succulent centerpieces that won’t be dead in a day:
Green your Footprint – Use one of many easy-to-use online tools to calculate your wedding’s carbon footprint, and then offset your emissions.
Eco-Invite – Create your own Wedding Page.Save on printing costs by putting your save the date and RSVPs online, and include maps, lodging suggestions, and even your proposal story! If you do send invites, choose recycled or tree-free paper.
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse – If it can’t be recycled, reduced, or reused . . . Rent! Ask if your vendors have a recycling policy. Plan ahead and find a shelter or retirement home for leftover food or flowers. Creatively use recycled materials throughout your ceremony and reception.
from I Do Foundation: chic take home bags for leftover food at your wedding reception
Wedding receptions often result in a lot of waste: at the end of the night, garbage cans are heaped high with flowers, signage and food.
Many eco-friendly wedding planners recommend donating your leftover goods to homeless shelters or retirement homes. Unfortunately, regulations in many states prohibit the donation of food items—so what can you do with all that leftover food?
What about letting your guests take home your leftovers? Wedding fare is usually delicious. Try providing chic take-home doggie bags for your guests: this is a great way to reduce food waste and treat your guests for an extra day or two.
Check out a few of the great ideas we found online:
Reusing decorations from your wedding ceremony for your reception is a great way to save resources — both environmental and monetary.
It can, however, be a bit of a logistical nightmare to get your decorations from place to place if you aren’t organized. Which is why, of course, we suggest:
You and your partner should not be responsible for setting up the ceremony or reception. Your job is to get married and enjoy the day. Delegate these tasks to a Day of Coordinator or a trusted family member or friend. You may also be able to pay your florist to help, for a small fee.
Create a checklist of items that need to be moved, along with their location at the ceremony and their destination at the reception. Make sure this checklist is in the hands of at least two of your helpers. Store back-up copies in an easily accessible place in case the originals are misplaced (if you have a smart phone, try storing it in your email).
If you have a lot of items to reuse, delegate specific tasks: two people to pack up items at the ceremony, two people to move them, and two people to set up the reception, for example. Think about having an “understudy” for each function, just in case someone is unable to help you on the day of.
Consider whether you will need large vehicles, a dolly, or multiple people to transport the items.
Take photos of each decoration that needs to be set up or moved. If possible, take photos of each item as it should be displayed in each location.
Create a timeline. At what time do things need to be set up in each location? When should the items be moved? How long do you estimate it will take to do the setup?
Make sure that all items are well organized. Provide tupperware bins and anything needed to protect the items during the move from location to location.
Remember, the key to a well-run wedding is organization. Try to anticipate the issues that may arise, and make alternate plans in case they’re necessary.
Time management, friend. Get as much done as possible, as far ahead of time as possible, lest you be gluing tiny starfish to your place cards the night before your wedding. Make sure that you aren’t biting off more than you can chew, too: a couple of in-depth, craft-heavy DIY projects are enough for one wedding. You don’t need to have sewn programs made from burlap and twine and hand silk-screened wedding invitations.
Try to estimate how much time each project will take (and how likely you are to get sick of doing it). Projects that will take a long time or frustrate you should be scheduled first—that way, you have plenty of time to complete them (and take breaks as necessary). Some projects, such as place cards, need to be completed closer to the wedding date when your guest list is final—those items will go last on the list.
Other great tips:
Make a list of your projects on Google Docs. Include the start date, completion date, estimated time it will take, and list of items you need to purchase for each item. Share this document with anyone who is helping you with your projects.
Get Tupperware bins (try freecycle or craigslist!), and label them for projects that are completed, in progress, and upcoming.
If you’re getting overwhelmed, don’t order anything for the next project until your current project is completed. This will also benefit you if you think you might throw in the towel on a project: less items to return or repurpose later.
This is one of the many logistical issues that must be considered when planning a wedding. You have a great idea, but how do you make sure it actually gets executed? Our suggestion is to ask your Day of Coordinator, or designate a few friends or family members to be responsible for this job.
We suggest more than one person for each job; that way, if someone wants to go home early, the job still gets done. Also, make sure to consider things like the size of a person’s car: if you’re asking them to move large centerpieces for twelve tables, someone with a Smart Car probably isn’t the best choice.
It depends on your state’s policies, actually; many states prohibit the donation of leftover food because its safety can’t be regulated (donations of labeled or packaged food is always okay, though). The best way to find out if you are able to donate your leftover wedding fare is to find your local food bank and ask.
If your state won’t allow donation, consider the possibility of providing chic “to go” bags for your guests to take home leftovers. Your caterer may even be willing to fill them for you!