Sometimes, what makes us fall in love with someone is that we share the same passions as they do. If you are in the midst of planning your wedding and your beloved is just as committed to being eco-friendly and energy efficient as you are, then the two of you may be trying to find ways to greenify your wedding and reception.
If so, this is just the article for you. We too are excited about supporting others in doing what they can to make the environment a healthier place, so we have five great ways for you to have a “green reception” that everyone can enjoy:
Go “green” with your decorations. Most reception venues need some decorations and these days, there are all kinds of eco-friendly options. There are soy candles. There are indoor plants such as English ivies and Spider plants. There are luminaries that are made from recycled paper. And, there are many websites that will show you how to make some of your own. Just go to your favorite search engine and put “homemade wedding reception decorations and centerpieces” into the search field.
Use organic catering. From your wedding cake to the food that you’ll be serving, it’s always healthier to go with a company that specializes in organic cooking and baking. If you’re worried that some of your guests will not enjoy the more holistic approach, don’t. There’s a really good chance that if you don’t tell them, they won’t notice a thing.
Serve smart. When it comes to setting up the tables where everyone will be seated, you want to make sure that you “make them green” as well. Use tablecloths that have been made from organic cotton and if you’re not going to serve the food on china, consider using some biodegradable dishware. If you’re thinking that means paper picnic plates, don’t worry. You can actually make quite the impression by using some dishes made out of bamboo instead.
Have designated waste containers. It’s pretty realistic to expect a lot of waste to accumulate throughout the reception, but instead of having big trash cans in certain corners of the room, make it a point to have containers that are specifically marked for plastic, paper and even compost.
Give eco-friendly wedding favors. After your staff of New York, Los Angeles or Raleigh wedding photographers finishes taking candid photographs of you and your loved ones and friends, it will soon be time to bring the wedding reception to a close. If you want to send your guests off with some party favors, use this as a time to make a subtle statement about how you feel about the environment. Whether it’s some seeds for them to plant, some homemade all-natural muffins or cookies in a recyclable container or thank you cards with a coupon to a local organic shop, taking the “green favor approach” will go a lot further than some bubbles or a small plastic picture frame. People love it when they see something new and being eco-friendly definitely affords you the possibility to introduce a unique way of doing things…in a loving kind of way.