Green Wedding Ideas

green wedding ideasA wedding can arguably be one of the most significant event in a person’s life.  There’s a natural tendancy to spend a large sum of money to make it perfect and to go overboard in consumables and energy consumption.

But at what cost to the environment?  How can you go green on your wedding day and make sure it is a sustainable living major event?  Green Blizzard has some green wedding ideas for you.

According to The Green Bride Guide, the 2.5 million weddings every year in the United States will EACH produce an average of 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 400-600 lbs of garbage.  Here’s an image of just one ton of carbon.  Imagine 60+ of these floating around in our atmosphere for the next few decades.

Green Blizzard previously offered green wedding ideas and tips on how to make a wedding more green and sustainable in the Green Weddings article.

We’d like to expand on those green wedding ideas by offering additional resources for eco-conscious brides-to-be and their fiancés.  There are many options for decreasing the carbon footprint of your big day, most of which also lower overall expenses – a win-win!

With more and more people becoming aware and concerned with our environment and trying to be more eco-friendly, weddings don’t tend to fit into this way of life. Weddings are usually expensive, use lots of energy and produce a huge amount of waste. What makes weddings even more excessive is the hidden costs that can often take the couple by surprise. Travel, stationary and decorations all contribute to the cost and waste that weddings incur.

A Visual Cubic Ton of Carbon Dioxide (27'x 27' x 27')

A Cubic Ton of CO2 In Our Atmosphere

The best way to get round these charges that we’re not always aware of is to research thoroughly online before you even start planning the wedding. There are plenty of resources available which point out the hidden costs which come with paying for your wedding.

Couples often don’t take aspects such as invitations into consideration; a way to get round this in an eco-friendly way is the make your own invitations electronically and email them to your guests. This also has other benefits – no invitations getting lost in the mail and they’re completely free!

Another cost which couples often remember, yet underestimate, is the flowers. Get round this by using in-season, local flowers. This can save you money and is more eco-friendly than getting them delivered.

Special E  is an amazing organization with sustainability interwoven in their business model. Prior to your wedding, you can contact the company to use their Share Package and/or Rescue Package offerings.

WeddingA share package created on behalf of your event incorporates one or more key elements from the function you’re planning. Special E then shares the contents of this package with people in need within the very same community of your wedding. Opting for the rescue package entails Special E “rescuing” any items that are leftover from your event and recycling them back into the community as well.

Green Blizzard is especially impressed by Special E’s practice of redirecting the leftover items of no community benefit through its unique network of upcycling artists. These individuals give the seemingly useless items a brand new purpose! As a whole, utilizing the services of Special E prevents a large amount of waste from entering landfills or the municipal incinerators, meaning that the carbon footprint of your wedding can be practically erased!

Another source for green wedding ideas is Tradesy – an online marketplace for turning your closet into cash. How is this relevant to your wedding day? Not only does this website offer an outlet for trading used bridal gowns, but also accessories, décor, invitations and more! When else are you going to need such an abundance of flower vases ever again?

The option to resell these items in bulk once more after you’ve used them is especially beneficial for reducing the carbon footprint of your nuptials. is a perfect fit for our motto of ‘recycle, reduce reuse’!

Ruffled Blog’s Recycle Your Wedding –  a free classifieds green wedding ideas for used wedding items, and offer similar experiences. Ruffled Blog even encourages searching for items locally – a practice that can easily cut down on the carbon emissions needed to transport the item you buy or sell. Transportation of goods across large geographical distances not only increases your carbon footprint, but also the shipping costs associated with those items. As a general rule, it is always better to buy locally whenever possible.

Remember the meaning of your wedding day is to capture the love between you and your partner. The more you stay focused on this, the less likely you will be to splurge for things that will only create waste after the event is complete!

Kristy GB pictureThree other parting green wedding ideas: Opt for biodegradable place settings instead of harmful plastics. Read your vows from your tablet or phone instead of printing paper. Or plant a tree in honor of your guests, in lieu of giving favors.


About the author

Kristy McDaniel

A recent Masters of Management Science graduate at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Kristy writes about how to be green while enjoying your life's milestones - weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. Any of these events can expand your carbon footprint so much that it can takes months for your newly expanded carbon footprint to recover. With Kristy's practical, real-life, green living suggestions, you can have a blast and still be green.

Leave a Comment