Sunday, May 11, 2008

Eco Friendly Weddings

Here at Events by Evonne, we are very conscious about our environment and we hope that every wedding and events that we put together, we are being earth friendly. Here are some ideas that couples can adopt to make a difference:
  1. Hold the ceremony and the reception at the same site to minimize driving. Or provide group transportation and encourage carpooling.
  2. Plan your menu around local, organic and seasonal products.
  3. Provide pitchers of water versus bottled water.
  4. Donate leftover food to a shelter or food bank.
  5. Choose a resort that gives you the option of not changing the sheets and towels daily.
  6. Send electronic Save-the-Date cards.
  7. If you'd prefer printed invites, opt for recyclable or handmade papers and use vegetable- or soy-based inks.
  8. Use response postcards to eliminate an envelope.
  9. Request that guests RSVP electronically.
  10. Request e-contracts from your vendors.
  11. Use a wedding website or blog to share event details, such as the itinerary, rehearsal dinner details and registry information as opposed to invitation inserts.
  12. Make sure you use resources from your location. Anything you have to fly in is not really green. Local organic products are our best bet.
  13. Take advantage of seasonal, indigenous plant life in decorations and bouquets.
  14. Use natural materials, such as palm leaves, in lieu of ribbons and other synthetic materials.
  15. Donate leftover flowers or centerpieces to churches or hospitals.
  16. Take advantage of the beauty of the great outdoors and utilize it as much as you can as part of your decor.
  17. Among the most popular green wedding favors are seeds, tree seedlings and other plantable products.
  18. Send your guests off with a locally-produced treat such as chocolates.
  19. Thank your bridal party with personalized reusable totes.
  20. Make a donation to a nonprofit organization in honor of your guests. You can also register with many of these organizations in lieu of the traditional gift registry.
  21. For your honeymoon, opt for ecotourism, travel that respects - and even benefits - the locals. Trips can range from relaxing to adventurous, and what better way to start you new adventure together?
Source: Destination I do

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