1. Use locally-grown, pesticide free, organic flowers for your bouquet! (Your local farmers’ market and the family garden are great sources!)
2. Use eco-friendly ink and tree-free cardstock paper to print your own wedding invitations at home.
3. To add a bit of shine, decorate your handmade invites with vintage metal buttons from the flea market.
4. What with all the social and environment issues associated with diamonds and precious metals, antique rings “recycled” from a previous generation (or a second-hand store) are an eco-friendly option to new!
5. Rent your bridesmaids’ dresses right along with the men’s tuxes! What a great way to save money and avoid exploiting new resources! (Plus the bridesmaids don’t get stuck with another dress after all’s said and done.)
6. Don’t go out and buy new beads and bangles! Thrift-shop beads and jewelry can be some of the most gorgeous, earth-friendly, and cost-efficient accessories!
7. Celebrate nature and hold your wedding outdoors! National and public parks make for outstanding ceremony locations!
8. Used bottles are an earth-friendly solution for arranging flowers for the reception.
9. Borrow family heirlooms to decorate the serving tables at your reception. (Or visit thrift stores to start your own heirloom collection!)
10. Find a talented friend or friends to provide live music for the occasion. The natural sound of live music blends well with a green wedding. (And another plus, friendly musicians are often willing to work for food!)
With these 10 Earth Day-friendly tips plus many others available in The Green Wedding Guide, couples whose lifestyle is environmentally and socially conscious can create the green wedding of their dreams! And bonus! The Green Wedding Guide is on sale! This regularly $19.95 inspiration book is currently marked down to $9.98!