Within five minutes of your groom to be getting down on his knee, your mind is beginning to picture the perfect wedding. For those of us who are dedicated to the preservation of our environment, this can be a bit more complicated than for the typical bride. If you are trying to plan the most memorable day of your life without it leaving a permanent mark on our environment, try these innovative solutions:
The Wedding Location
Nothing is more beautiful than an outdoor wedding in a lush, natural environment. Pick a location that is full of natural life to showcase the beauty of our planet as well as your special moment. If weather will not permit an outdoor wedding, plan it for inside of a local museum or gallery. This type of venue usually donates the proceeds of such events to worthwhile causes like saving the environment.
Mining for gold has put a strain on the earth’s natural resources. Gold is not replenish-able and there is no telling what its inevitable absence will do to the ecosystem. Make sure that the gold used for your wedding bands and engagement ring are made using recycled gold products and that the jeweler is able to tell you the exact origin of any stones.
Use Local Vendors
Finding caterers, florists and wedding photographers locally will help conserve gas in traveling. If you are getting married in the Calgary, Canada area for example, use Calgary wedding photographers. Not only will they help you preserve our environment, they will be familiar with the locale and able to provide you with wonderful wedding shots to last a lifetime. Your Calgary wedding photographer should also be used as your videographer and to take your engagement shots. This will cut down on the number of different vendors involved in your big day.
Speaking of Wedding Photography…
Talk with your Calgary wedding photographers about going digital. Most already do, but just double check. Digital photography does not use nearly as much chemicals, paper and rolls that traditional photography will. The Calgary wedding photographer will be able to decide from the digital images which ones are worth it, before making any prints.
Save on Paper
You probably don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have printed invitations, but you can make sure that they are made using recycled paper. The rest, such as the RSVP and directions can be given by a website that you supply on the invitation. This still allows the tradition of the wedding invitation, but makes keeping track of the replies not only easier, but better on our planet.
There are tons of other ways that you can conserve resources with your wedding. Wear the dress worn by your mother, or let bridesmaids wear dresses that they will actually be able to wear again. Favors can be made with natural and recycled products and still be tasteful. For every item on your wedding list, there will be a solution that is friendly to the health of our entire planet.