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Planning a Natural and Sustainable Wedding

March 21, 2016 by The Marquardt Ranch

With an estimated 2.5 million weddings each year producing an abundance of environmental waste, some couples are looking for ways to make their special day a unique reduction of their carbon footprint.

With natural elements such as geodes for inspiration, your wedding day can be both stunning and sustainable.

First, go paperless or recycled. Invitations can be printed on recycled paper or sent electronically.

Next, consider eco-minded venues that offer recycling, companies that sell fair trade wedding attire, and ethically sourced or heirloom jewelry.

For flowers, food, and favors, think local.

If fresh flowers are a priority, choose organic, and if cost is a concern, remember less is more. You can also ask your florist to create displays from locally sourced flora and consider potted table displays over cut. As an alternative to fresh flowers, dried, cotton, or fabric ‘flowers’ can be both beautiful and reusable. For a simple look, bare branches can be used in their natural state or even painted to match your color scheme.

With the farm to table movement, locally sourced food is more abundant than ever before. Talk with your caterer about using local vendors and farmers, as well as planning a seasonal menu to take advantage of the best prices and resources. When the reception ends, ask about having the leftover food donated to a local soup kitchen or shelter.

Favors can be a personal way to thank your guests for their support and encouragement. Favors can also be a great reminder of your values. Some couples are skipping tangible favors altogether and making a donation to charity in guests’ names, while others are continuing to support local small businesses by making purchases of edible treats, such as candy. Seed packets, especially for herb gardens or an heirloom vegetable featured on your menu, are another ecologically minded choice.

Remember, this is your day. Your wedding should be a reflection of your priorities as a couple. Planning a natural and sustainable event can be a simple way to demonstrate your care for each other and the place you call home.

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