- A wedding location in an open field or park has vastly less environmental impact than a full time reception venue. Do be careful not to be too far out of town or use a rental company that has to travel a long distance. The gas in travel will counteract your attempts to be green.
- Set your outdoor event earlier so you do not have to use electricity to light the reception. It doesn't get much more romantic than a candlelit conclusion to your big day.
Dinnerware and Utensils:
- Rental dish and flatware is used hundreds of times over it's lifetime.
- Biodegradable disposable dinnerware and flatware are available in most mainstream stores now.
- Collect an eclectic array of items from friends and family to avoid renting or disposing.
Tablecloths and Napkins:
- Use organic fabric napkins that can be utilized throughout the night by guests.
- Biodegradable disposable napkins.
- You don't have to have a nature-themed to be eco-friendly. Think out of the generic box of lush floral centerpieces and bring your creativity. You want to use items that can be sold or reused again in some other way.
|This herb centerpiece looks great and doubles as sustainable guest favors for them to use at home.|
- Favors are completely optional. You can forego them all together if you would like.
- Steer clear of plastic, disposable favors. Edible favors are always a hit! Try to find recycled and reusable favors.
- Instead of a tangible favor, you can make a donation to a cause or charity of your choosing and let your guests know.