Inspirational green wedding planning

15th October 2007

I found this inspiring eco wedding prep list from a bride called Bunny - check out her blog for more inspiration.

  • vintage (a.k.a. used) rings

  • second hand dress and second hand guayaberas for fathers

  • invites made of recycled chipboard and old calendars

  • invites made from our junk mail and embedded with wildflower seeds so they can be planted when guests are done with them

  • lodging in Costa Rica is low-impact with green space

  • reception location, wedding location, and lodging are all within walking distance

  • public transportation down to our wedding location... yep, yep, yep... gin and tonics on the bus to the coast!

  • use of leftover wedding decorations from other weddings that already happened (yay for a network of online friends!)

  • candles, re-chargeable batteries, solar, and low-voltage electric sources

  • flowers grown at our reception site to be cut the day of the wedding and composted there when we are done

  • use of scrap fabrics for table runners and napkins to be donated to the area for re-use

  • banana leaves will be cut from our reception site and used as plates then composted at the site

  • glasses will be used wine bottles cut and smoothed for our use as well as other use in the area

  • veggie food options, local catch, and local preparation

  • fans for cooling instead of air-conditioning with small attached programs made of recycled paper and old playing cards

  • bridal party gifts include handmade necklaces, recycled tin containers, handmade bags with scrap material, and sarongs to benefit a community education program

  • relatively small guest list for a wedding... about 20-30 people

  • guest favors are a donation to a local primary forest project as a carbon offset for all of our collective travel

  • the big guest activity besides the wedding is a volunteer work day with an indigenous community center involving a hike back through the forest to the site and labor (we are still determining labor needs) with the families of the project because the kids luckily have that week off from school

  • another activity is a visit to a sloth sanctuary and animal facility that rears critters confiscated by MINAE that people are trying to illegally smuggle out of the country

  • our mini-moon will be nearby in Panama at a low-impact eco-tourism project



Bunny says "Do what you can to reduce your resource consumption. Find a balance that you feel comfortable with to maximize the joy of your wedding. And good luck with your wedding planning."

Thanks Bunny.

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