The two most popular trends that I am seeing more and more often are smaller budgets and eco-friendly weddings. Today, I would like to discuss the latter of the two and delve into the refreshing world of ‘green’ products and projects for your big day! Being eco-friendly is all about recycling, so let me teach you some fun and inspiring ways to recycle and make your event truly amazing!
Being from the South, I am assuming that everyone knows of Mason jars. If you are considering a rustic country wedding outdoors, you can always use these to make the most romantic luminaries to scatter around the reception area. You can attach wire around the tops and hang them from your fence or trees. Or, you can wrap ribbons around them and use them as centerpieces on your guests’ tables surrounded by pine cones or filled with fresh wildflowers. Also, if you want to light that slightly dim garden path, feel free to place tea lights inside and line them along the pathway.
Try going around to old barns or homes and find window frames that are still solid and even a bit rustic looking. Take plywood and nail it in to the backside of the frame. Then, go to your local craft store and purchase the chalkboard paint or spray. Once you paint the plywood on the inside of the frame, you will have this wonderfully rustic board that you can write the reception menu on and display for your guests.
If you are going for a more elegant look, but would like to help Mother Earth as well, you can always use the natural recycled papers that are available on the market. From cardstock to invitations to place cards, there are a plethora of choices in recycled papers. I have two favorites which consist of seedlings and flower petals. Those that include the seedlings worked into the hand-made papers have the ability to be planted. Whereas those that have the flower petals sometimes give off a pleasurable floral perfume. These can also be used as favors made into bookmarks and such.
Now, if you’re looking for the best wedding favor that helps the environment and makes for a sincerely brilliant gift that keeps giving for years to come, I have just what you are looking for! The Arbor Day Foundation has the most unique gift for any bride to give to her guests. Inside a small plastic tube with your own customized label are these hardy evergreen trees that can be planted outdoors when weather permits. And since they are still saplings, they can be stored in your refrigerator or grown indoors for months. You can choose from Redwoods, Pines, or Spruces for only $3 each. And, the recyclable tube converts into a birdfeeder after the tree is planted!
I hope that a few of these inspire you to make your wedding or event a bit more eco-friendly. If you ever have questions or just want to leave a comment, please feel free to email me at Nicole@genesiswse.com. Who knows? Maybe I will answer them here in Weddings To Inspire!
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