A while ago, let’s be honest, many decades ago, actually, I started making up my own words. Still doing it, probably won’t stop anytime soon.
While I make up acronyms, words and phrases, I was not the one who coined the term, “Green Wedding.” Shocker, I know. Slowly, close your jaw. I’ll explain.
When I started out on this photographic entrepreneur journey, one decision was overwhelmingly clear, I wanted environmental consciousness to be a prominent leg of my business.
How can photography or even a wedding be green? Well, let me enlighten you. Since being “Green” is an expansive subject, I’ll stick to the subject of “I do’s” and wait for your “enlightenment thirst” (that’s another word I just made up), to swell.
Green, eco-friendly or sustainable weddings can consist of a variety of facets. We’re all familiar with products surrounding such an extravagant (and seriously fantastic) event like a wedding: venues, bridal gowns, tuxedos, wedding rings, invitations, florists, photography, centerpieces, gift registries, wedding favors, bridesmaids dresses, and everyones favorite, DESSERT! (I mean, well, it’s my favorite, so I’m just going to go ahead and make the assumption that your all in agreement with me.)
So, how can any of these facets become Green? Let’s start with the one that sets the stage for everything else: The Venue.
The location you choose for your wedding day can range from a fancy overseas resort, to a backyard garden or farmhouse style wedding. No matter what space you choose to make your bond official, check out this list for your event space:
The next big thing we think about: The Wedding Dress.
What are you options to find the perfect, one-of-a-kind gown that screams you & goes well with the environment? Well, you have many options, my lucky brides. I had a friend who purchased a designer sample dress from a charity and was pretty handy with the sewing machine so she added some amazing natural materials and several strands of jewel straps and garnishments to make it bling!
Other options for the less handy:
What about the rest of the guys & gals, including the groom? Don’t worry kids, I’ve got you covered on all fronts!
Attire for the Grooms & Groomsman:
For the Bridesmaids:
What about: The Ring?
Speaking of Gift Registries:
What about the Wedding Favors? Here are some ideas:
Ok, lady, and how about that Dessert part, how can that be eco-friendly? Here’s how:
Now that we’ve ended with chocolate, I’m going to excuse myself to my nearest secret chocolate hoarding, I mean, hiding spot.
Hopefully this has been helpful for those environmentally consciousness brides out there and maybe even for a wedding planner or two!
If you have a wedding coming up and are looking for additional ways to be green, eco-friendly or sustainability minded, reach out to me, I have more ideas and crazy fun visions than room in this blog!
If you are curious about the greener side of my photography business, keep following me, I leak a lot of hints and love to talk about nature and greener pastures! 🙂
In case you haven’t noticed, I have a severe addiction to exclamation marks & dark chocolate. Stay with me, it’s worth it!
Until the next round – Be Fantastic. (Period because that’s a statement.) Bam.