In Switzerland, we are committed to all things green and take recycling to a whole new level. So it seems natural for me to suggest that you consider going green for your upcoming wedding (and that doesn’t mean setting up compost bins at each dining table!). Here are some tips that could affect the amount of waste your wedding leaves behind….
- While wedding invitations engraved on 130 lb. card stock can be beautiful, the lavish paper takes a toll on our trees. Think about using plantable wedding invitations instead. Embedded with seeds, plantable paper is bio-degradable and comes in an array of styles. Guests can plant the seed paper in a pot of soil or in a garden and watch their invitation morph into flowers, plants, or herbs instead of ending up in a landfill.
- Wondering where to go for your wedding registry? Consider going green with your gift choices. There are many places available to register for green living gifts that range from organic bedding to recycled glassware.
- Food is a significant wedding cost. Especially if you opt for a plated, sit-down dinner. Take my favorite European way to eat — family style — and incorporate that into your wedding meal. Sharing platters of food is a fun, intimate way to eat. It allows guests to casually dine while minimizing the meal’s waste.
- Guests will enjoy edible wedding favors more than trinkets likely to be tossed. Let your guests loose at a candy table after the meal, or serve individualized donuts for guests to munch into the night with.
- Donate everything after your wedding from food leftovers to flowers to wedding gowns.
This is just a sampling of how you can be eco-friendly with your wedding. For more ideas, visit Green Bride Guide as featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Style Me Pretty.
The only thing left behind from your wedding should be footprints on the dance floor!