Green weddings are becoming more and more popular as eco-conscious couples are looking to curtail the footprint they create within their own wedding.
If you happen to be such a couple…today you are in luck! This playful, eco-chic inspiration shoot has all the makings of the loveliest of lovely green weddings. Put together by creative event planner Lauren Mace of Eutopia Events and photographed by talented photographer Michelle Girard Photography, and assisted by a fabulous team of amazing wedding professionals, they all created this stylish and green wedding inspiration that you can use to inspire your own eco-friendly day!
So…if you’re looking to have a green wedding, here are some ideas to help you make it happen.
Reduce your carbon footprint by hosting the ceremony and reception at the same place. Or try alternative modes of transportation, horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, or even canoe!
With your stationery, reduce your environmental impact by printing with plant-based inks on recycled paper. And using a postcard-styled RSVP will mean less paper and postage.
As far as your attire and the attire of those in your bridal party, choose fabrics that are fair trade or avoid those that require dry cleaning. Or purchase or borrow a used gown or suit. Today’s model bride wore a Celia Grace gown, a company whose dresses are made by women’s cooperatives, fair trade producers, and refugees rebuilding their lives in the USA. The groom model wore his own suit, paired with a bowtie by Celia Grace, showing that a eco-friendly groom might choose to wear something he already owns.
When it comes to flowers, choose ones that are native to your area that are in season and haven’t been shipped long distances. Choosing organic flowers are the best option as you want to avoid ones treated with pesticides.
For decor, soy is a sustainable resource. Many of the candles used in this shoot were from Prosperity Candle, a company dedicated to empowering women worldwide. Also, recycled glass bottles, wooden containers, and even dishes from the local flea market, can make simple and thoughtful ways to create your beautiful décor, yet still be kind to the environment.
The details in this shoot were created using milk bottles, family dishware, thrifted napkins and doilies, an antique birdcage for greeting cards, and a mini chalkboard sign recycled from a client’s gift as a table number.
And finally…when it comes to choosing favors, encourage your guests to celebrate the earth by providing bulbs or plants. Another option is to donate to charity. Doing so is a wonderful way to honor your values at your wedding. You can also donate your dress to a charity’s fundraising efforts, and your flowers to a local hospital, nursing home, or hospice.
And there you have it, just a few thoughtful ways you can be mindful of the environment with a green wedding.
Photographer: Michelle Girard Photography
Hair Stylist: Jennifer McClendon
Event Planner: Eutopia Events
Floral Designer: LaSalle Florists
Dress Designer: Celia Grace
Other: Prosperity Candle
Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Liz
Submission via Two Bright Lights
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