Planning a wedding can feel overwhelming at times, however, with these tips, planning your dream eco-friendly wedding just became much, much easier.
1. The Ring
First comes love, then comes the ring...while finding an engagement ring may be easy, finding a truly conflict-free, eco-friendly engagement ring that not only represents your love for each other but also your core values is a bit trickier. That is why at MiaDonna we make it easy for you to choose a wedding ring that aligns with your core values without having to compromise on the beauty. By choosing one of our lab-grown diamonds and eco-friendly engagement rings, you are choosing to let your love be the solution.
The MiaDonna Difference
-We only uses the finest recycled metals in our American made settings – solid Gold, 950 Pure Platinum or 950 Pure Palladium from refineries that represent our commitment to the earth.
-With each purchase a donation is made to The Greener Diamond Foundation. The Greener Diamond and MiaDonna were created together, to work as a system, towards the common goal of bringing the beauty of love back to diamonds by repairing the damage caused in the wake of the unethical harvesting of diamonds, gems and precious metals.
-A tree is planted for every order shipped - to offset our [shipping] carbon footprint by investing in reforestation projects.
2. Planning & Venue
When planning your eco-friendly wedding open communication is necessary. Be sure to share with your vendors how important keeping your big day eco-friendly is to you, so they know it is a priority, not a suggestion. This will ensure that they understand your desire to create a ‘green’ eco-chic and environmentally-conscious wedding, so there are no surprises down the road.
Whether you love the outdoors or prefer to be inside, we suggest choosing a venue that is centrally located to you and your guests as well as a space that can host both your ceremony and reception. This will cut back on unnecessary travel, which will lower you (and your guests) CO2 emissions and is often more budget friendly.
3. The Dress
First comes love, then comes the ring, then comes the dress, right? Choosing a wedding dress is a big deal – in terms of time, emotion, and cost as well as the impact of overseas workers and the environment. That is why it is important to choose an ethical wedding dress, whether vintage, made just for you in the United States, or fair trade from overseas - finding your dream dress has never been easier.
Restore a vintage wedding gown…have you considered the tradition of wearing your mother’s (or grandmother’s) wedding gown or maybe you have found a vintage stunner online or at a boutique? Sometimes vintage dresses have seen better days, but don’t worry, there are plenty of experts who specialize in the art of restoring wedding gowns. An advantage to restoring/re-working a vintage wedding dress is quality – often times vintage gowns are constructed with finer quality materials and hand sewn embellishments vs. the more common factory/mass produced designs. A vintage or family wedding gown is perfect for a eco-friendly bride, because you are reducing and reusing by not sourcing new …and it’s vintage — which means it will be one-of-a-kind!
Purchase an ethical wedding dress. With the ability to choose an eco-friendly wedding dress, like those at Celia Grace, you can easily purchase a stunning wedding dress off the rack that will make you feel as good on the inside as you do look on the outside.
Flowers seem intrinsically sustainable (they are plants after all). However, most don’t realize that the flowers they love may not be native to their local environment, which means those blooming beauties travel from overseas, creating an unintended carbon footprint - or - the company you choose may be using toxic sprays, that are harmful to the environment.
The easiest way to create a eco-conscious floral design is to select locally grown flowers – research what is in season. Out-of-season flowers typically come from overseas, South America, Africa or Europe. Take your eco-friendly efforts one step further and re-use or redistribute your flowers at the end of the evening – let your guests take them home (‘re-using’ as your favors) or donate them to a local hospice or hospital.
Many photographers are keeping up with trends and going digital. Digital photography is a paperless and chemical-free way to capture your event, including being able to view your proofs online before deciding which ones to print.
A ‘green’ photographer will often go even further by using rechargeable batteries, non-toxic inks, 100% post-consumer waste paper, LED and CFL bulbs, and recycling. It is easy to ask potential photographers about their green practices to see if their business practices are in line with your eco-friendly values.
Whether you incorporate just one or two earth-friendly elements into your big day, or go completely eco-friendly, remember that every ‘green’ choice you implement – makes a difference!
According to our friends at Green Bride Guide, a “Green Wedding’ is any wedding where the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the planet. Green weddings are eco-chic, which means they are every bit as gorgeous as conventional weddings but without the waste.