My wedding's colors were gold and red, but I rather wish I'd added another: green. Not actually the hue—I mean having an eco-friendly wedding.
Green weddings are quickly gaining momentum as something positive that brides and grooms can do for our planet. And it's not about restricting venue options to certified-green buildings, or eschewing paper invitations altogether (although there's nothing wrong with doing those things!). Here are a few ideas that I wish I'd had when I was planning my own wedding:
• Post-consumer recycled paper invitations are a good way to save some trees. If your heart is already set on a design that uses non-recycled paper, think about skipping the traditional second envelope (as I did) or request RSVPs online instead of including paper RSVPs (as my brother and sister-in-law did).
• Instead of a bleached, single-use wedding gown, consider a lovely vintage gown. Or reuse -- single-use gowns can be donated through organizations such as Brides Against Breast Cancer. I chose to keep my single-use gown, but my intention is to pass it down to my daughter one day, another option for green brides.
• Instead of handing out plastic or metal favors that won't biodegrade and might just sit in a landfill, give earth-friendly favors. How about flower and herb seed packets tied together with pretty jute ribbon? Or, these seed paper place cards, with your choice of flowers or heart done to match your wedding colors. I made origami paper cranes for each guest to keep, and they were a big hit, though I wish I'd thought to use recycled paper.
If my experience is any indication, it's not too much trouble to swap out traditional choices for better, greener options. Little changes make big differences, after all!