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Published on January 29th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor


Green Wedding Ideas You May Not Have Thought Of

If you are into a green lifestyle then shouldn’t your big day reflect that too? Don’t think that a green wedding is a sacrifice in any way: instead you can find a way to share your love of the environment in really cool ways with your guests!

#1: Just-Picked Wedding Flowers

The usual bridal bouquet is not only common, it’s passe. Brides today want their bouquet to have a looser or ‘just-picked’ feel. Even the flower choices are not the usual, but they tend to be more like what you would buy from a local farmer’s market. This not only makes the bouquet’s style more organic, but also different from the rest. Besides this, you can make the bouquet unique by wrapping pops of color around its handle.


#2: The Clothing 

Of course one of the most iconic images of any wedding is the white dress and you can still enjoy a beautiful white without while going green. Some options to lower the environmental impact of getting a dress include wearing an old family dress or making simple changes to an old dress. Not buying a new dress is a great way to save on cost and materials for making a new one. The groom can save some thread by renting a tuxedo. And even the crumbsnatchers can get into the green and thrifty act: flower girl dresses can be an affordable option instead of using the materials for a custom made one.


#3: Craft Decor Elements

Textural/craft elements like yarn, paper, felt, buttons and rope are gaining popularity as they are being increasingly used when creating boutonnieres, bouquets, centerpieces, etc. Making use of green craft decor elements is a simple idea but it can add real charm to the overall ambiance. The best part is that you can make most of the decorations yourself to save money but also give your wedding a very personal touch.


#4: Green Drinks & Food

When thinking about a wedding party and green drinks, your first thought might be “a wheat-grass toast?” As unique as that would be there really are a lot of great options for green drinks, they don’t even have to be the color green and the same goes for your food. Even if you are not going to serve vegan or vegetarian food at your party supporting green catering and farm to fork style food is a great way to go green and be delicious in the process, you can even get vegan wedding cake!


Being creative in your approach is what will make your wedding memorable. You can be sure to remember your eco-wedding without anyone knowing that you went out of your way to keep it green thanks to so many green wedding options.

Want more? Here’s another five ways to green your wedding!

Jen Smith is a freelance writer with a penchant for all things green

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