Planning A Low Waste Wedding?

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I am looking for thrifty, but sustainable "green" wedding tips. Our wedding is in a month and we are trying to make it as sustainable as possible, without losing its frugality. We are having the wedding and reception at a state park.


By Stellaluna from WA

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July 30, 20090 found this helpful
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Any left-over food could be donated to a battered women's shelter or Ronald Mcdonald House. The flowers could be donated to a nursing home. Instead of paper napkins use cute finger towels (on the cheap at $$ stores); real dishes could be used. Mismatched is the "in" thing now days (friends could provide), glassware also (easy enough to tote). Birdseed of course for the "send off". Congratulations and good luck!


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July 30, 20090 found this helpful
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Birdseed rather than rice to throw after the departing couple. If you need to supplement the greenery around the wedding pulpit (where the bride and groom and minister stand) rent potted plants or buy potted greenery that can be replanted.


Lengths of gauze fabric can be dyed and then used as ropes or drapes to outline the festivity site if you know someone that dyes fabric. After the ceremony they can be donated to a theater group or school drama dept.

July 31, 20090 found this helpful
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You can ask guests to bring their own plates and cutlery. And for those who forget or refuse, look into Spudware which is compostable.

Use BioBags for compostable garbage. The bag breaks down too. You can compost napkins if they are paper, or use cloth.

Edible/compo stable serving bowls - hollowed out watermelons for example. This is sounding like fun!

August 3, 20090 found this helpful
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Good for you! Instead of personalized paper napkins, invest in greener momentos. For the invitations, limit the amount of stationary sent out. Use recycled paper or even send them electronically! For any receptions that involve bottles or cans, encourage recycling bins to be used.


Limit the amount of flowers. If you must have some, use potted plants that can later be planted at your house. Good luck!

August 10, 20090 found this helpful
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Instead of giving your guests any wedding favors, post a sign that says "instead of donations, the bride and groom have made a donation to their favorite charities", and then list the charity or charities you donated to.

July 31, 20090 found this helpful

Check out They were talking about a "Green Wedding". Hope this helps you.


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