Scientists have concluded that our fossil fuel use is the main source of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. The second most important source of greenhouse gases is deforestation. So more than a few couples are acknowledging the problem and using their wedding day to spread the word.
Making a bow to the environment can be achieved on several levels.
- Select new items that save natural resources.
- Avoid throw-away items.
- Choose items that have longevity.
- Use second-hand pieces.
Some couples do more than use eco-friendly products, seek out a gourmet caterer of the organic kind or drive the newest Hybrid car, but also donate part of their wedding checks to an environmental cause.
Save a tree, save oil
- Set the tone with your invitations and have them printed on recycled paper.
- Use recycled paper for service programs, menus, table markers and all other paper items.
- Make a symbolic gesture by arriving and leaving your ceremony in a horse and buggy.
- Transport your attendants in hybrid cars provided by family and friends rather than fuel-guzzling limousines.
Reduce the trash
- Resist buying anything that would only be used at the wedding and then discarded.
- Avoid using plastics (such as, at an informal outdoor wedding, using plastic plates).
Use and re-use
- Choose items that can be packed away to be used again.
- Give small gifts to the guests that can either be consumed or that acknowledge the environment.
- Examples of guest gifts would be edibles, such as chocolates, cookies or small bottles of wine. If you want to give a gift they can take home, consider miniature trees or flower seeds that they can plant.
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- Borrow china from family and friends for a small reception.
- Buy china and glassware from a second-hand store.
- Check out the availability of second-time-around bridal gowns.