Checking in With The Sisters – 10 Tips for a Green Wedding

by Lolli

It’s been a while since my wedding (almost 17 years, in fact) but as a photographer I get to participate in several weddings per year. And, honestly, as much as I don’t want to think about it, as a mother of a teenage daughter, I’ll be helping my own daughter plan a wedding soon enough (or should I say sooner than I would like??).

As I was checking in with the sisters this week, I enjoyed reading through these tips on 5 Minutes for Going Green from guest contributor, Alia, on how to through a budget and eco-friendly wedding.

10 Steps to a Green Wedding

Going green is definitely the new trend, be it redecorating your house, making a fashion statement or even planning a wedding. Eco-weddings have gained huge popularity over the last couple of years and with more and more couples opting for an environment friendly wedding, the practice is only gaining more leverage and improving awareness. Having your dream wedding with an eco friendly theme in mind is easy. Listed below are 10 steps to go green on your wedding day.

1. Venue

One way to go green is to select the venue wisely. Go for an outdoor location which would match the theme perfectly well. It would also mean less lighting used and less decoration as the natural beauty in itself would play the part. Also, conducting the wedding and reception in the same place, easily accessible by all, would not only reduce costs but also reduce environmental impact caused by traveling.

2. Invitations

Invitations set the tone for a wedding and going green is the best way to stress it. Creating e-invites and emailing it out to your guests would be the best way to do this. But if you insist on having hand held invitations then go for eco-friendly products like paper made with organic cotton, bamboo, hemp etc. and use vegetable based dyes instead of fancy ink for writing. You could also do a post card invite to save paper on envelopes and maybe even use innovative rags and burlap materials to create invites.

Read the rest of Alia’s green wedding tips…

 

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor, Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 Daly February 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

This day should be all about love. Therefore, love for our planet and the nature go very well and hand in hand with this amazing day. Making a green wedding is an excellent idea and an amazingly lovely gesture.

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2 Henry February 10, 2012 at 12:25 am

Great ideas and wonderful post. Personally i feel that these are the best eco-friendly tips that makes wedding preparations more interesting and fabulous. It enriches and makes the day memorable to a great extent than ever before.

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3 Alex Geeks February 10, 2012 at 2:26 am

NIce ways to make wedding eco-friendly, so I’m glad to see this is becoming a trend. I also know one nice green trend to ask the guests to grow a plant as a gift.

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