3 tips to having a green wedding

by singlemomseeking on September 21, 2010

During the months of wedding planning, we argued about A LOT of details. For instance, my man wanted to cook for 125 guests on his own… and I wanted to hire an easy going, fun caterer. He wanted to hire an accordion player for live music, and I wanted to play our favorite, hand-picked “Top 40″ on the iPad.

Amazingly, however, our “big picture vision” for our wedding was NOT something we argued about. We both wanted:

— To get married outdoors, somewhere in the Bay Area

— To be surrounded by our family and friends

— To dance under the stars

— To celebrate with cupcakes instead of a wedding cake

We also wanted to be green. After all, we both love the outdoors. And we live in Northern California. But what does having a green wedding really mean?

1. Go for paperless wedding invitations. All right, we didn’t exactly follow this advice. My fiance’s sister offered to design invitations — lovely! — but all of our guests RSVPed electronically on our wedding website.

2. Recycle and compost during the ceremony. Because we recycle and compost at home already,  almost everything in our wedding will be recyclable and compostable, including all of our plates and utensils from Eco-Products, which are made from “corn plastic” (a material derived from starchy plants like U.S. grown corn, which will go right into the compost bin).

3. Buy local. When my fiance said last month that he wanted to brew beer by himself, I thought he was crazy. But he did it. Here’s how he labeled the first batch: 

(Um, I’m not so sure about that beer bottles are compostable, hon?)

P.S. I can’t wait to tell you about our caterer… but I’ll keep that hush-hush for now. Any guesses?

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