Marriage Proposal Ideas for a Green Wedding
There are marriage proposal ideas and then there are ideas. Having a green wedding is a great statement you can make, one that shows that you are not only concerned about the environment, but actually want your wedding to have as minimal environmental impact as possible. And yes, it is possible to have an eco-friendly wedding without appearing 'cheap'. When you've made the decision to go green, it's a good idea to let your guests know your intentions to have a green wedding.
You might want to start writing engagement announcements on 100% recycled paper. The more your guests are aware of your intentions, the easier it will be to prepare them or even get their help in creating a wedding that is green focused.
Although the main purpose of having a green wedding is not cost, but you will be amazed at how much money you can save by using recycled, sustainable, and eco-friendly products, and by adopting such practices as using local suppliers.
Here are a few ideas that you can easily adopt to make your wedding day not only a beautiful, but also sustainable.
Invite and Recycle To cut down on using paper, consider sending out email invitations or creating a wedding website where your guests can go to get all the information they need. Your website can live on and be the place where you post your wedding and honeymoon pictures, and any other updates. If you do send out paper invitations, use 100% recycled or handmade paper with vegetable or soy-based inks.
A Wedding a la Nature If you are having a spring or summer wedding, consider having it outdoors at a local beach, park, or your favorite outdoor location. Also, think about how far it will be for your guests to travel. Choose a venue that is close to your home. You could even arrange a car pool system. To cut down on travelling you could have your wedding and reception in the same location.
Who Says you Can't Wear Your Wedding Dress Again Why not buy a dress or suit that you will be able to reuse. Or you can look for a vintage wedding dress. To go all natural, there are many dresses and suits that are made from organic cotton.
Local Blossoms Flowers are one of the biggest ways that you can make a green statement. First, know where your flowers come from, as many flowers come a long way--some from overseas! Research florists in your area that get local organic flowers. Another option would be to use potted plants, branches, or local wild flowers instead of stem flowers. You can arrange to have your guests take them home after the reception.
Waste Not, Want Not Food is often wasted at most receptions. Arrange to have a catering company that is known for its eco-friendly practices. Find out where they buy their food (local fruit and vegetables is a good sign). Most importantly, ask them about their recycling process. There are a number of ways you can have a 'green' meal at your reception:
- Use fresh, local food that is in season (which does not have to be transported from across the country or from overseas) - Avoid the use of paper cups and napkins. - Find out if you can have food waste composted. - Arrange to have any leftover food donated to the nearest homeless shelter.
It's Better to Give than to Receive Everyone loves gifts. However, when planning your registry think carefully about the items and only list the things you really need. Look into having your gifts registered at an eco-friendly gift shop. Or as an alternative to receiving gifts you could have send a request to your guest letting them know that they can donate to your favorite charity instead.
Wedding Favors that Live On Try to make your wedding favors as sustainable as possible, so your guests don't simply end up throwing them away. You could have simple paper or cloth bags filled with simple items such as a small plant, organic soaps, or recycled paper gift cards. A popular option is to give guests little packets of flower or tree seedlings.
About the Author: Dan Maynard is the creater and publisher of a site that provides information for guys looking for free marriage proposal ideas to help them pop the question. After all, it is a moment in time that will be a treasured memory for a lifetime.