By Allyson Koerner
With wedding season in full swing, many brides-to-be are in panic mode trying to turn their dream into the perfect wedding. With all the stress and work of wedding planning in mind, we found a number of great ways to add “green” touches that will make your wedding even more memorable. These eco-friendly ideas will save you the time you might spend scavenging stores for the perfect accessory. And, we are pretty sure that you’ll find that something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue you are looking for.
Need a garter to complete your wedding attire? Check out The Garter Girl for a stylish and environmentally friendly garter made from recycled bottles. Choose your own colors and create something just for you while you do something good for the environment.
Want vintage and creative place card holders? Try these Vintage Fork Place Card Holders. Made from old forks with a little tarnish that adds charm and is a great way to recycle silverware and say green. Add a name card and presto you have card holders that are as unique as your event itself.
Every bride wants to look beautiful and feel relaxed on her wedding day. There is nothing better than a comfortable pair of shoes to do just that. At OKA b., the cute and colorful line of shoes is also vegan friendly; using no animal by-products. To make it even better, they are recyclable. Choose from heels, thongs, flats and much more!
Finding the right jewelry to match your dress can take time. Bottled Up Designs provides jewelry of all types made from antique glass and bottles reclaimed from antique bottle dumps in the Pennsylvania Amish Country. Select from earrings and pendants of all shapes, sizes and colors and add a touch of the unusual to your wedding attire or as a gift for your wedding party.
Need some tasty champagne for your wedding toast but want to stay with the eco theme? Try POMMERY’s Eco-Friendly POP Earth Champagne available for purchase at Sherry-Lehmann. POMMERY uses sustainable farming practices; managing waste and limiting water and energy consumption. But that’s not all; POP Earth Champagne bottles are made with lighter glass which reduces pollution and energy costs during shipping. The labels are also made from recycled materials and printed with water soluble inks. This bubbly just might be the perfect eco-wedding drink for you.
Don’t want your soon-to-be husband looking sloppy during the ceremony and for pictures? Then get him to try G-Cut’s classy G-Tie. This tie accessory is hand made from recycled aluminum and resembles the knot of a tie. Just slip it on for a sleek and unusual tie knot. The Eco-Collection comes in three styles: shiny chrome, brushed aluminum and brushed charcoal to coordinate with nearly any formal attire.
Looking for the perfect invitation? With Lion in the Sun you can create eco-friendly invites that will impress your guests. Invites and save the dates are custom handcrafted just for you and the company offers many green tips related to invitation creation.
Or try Invitation Box where you can get eco-friendly wedding invites, save the dates or rehearsal dinner invites made from recycled paper. All products are printed acid-free and manufactured using green e-certified renewable wind-generated electricity.
Favors can be a hassle to create and often just get put on the table or thrown away. Navy & Lavender’s “Please be Seeded” Plantable Seed Place Cards are a favor that your guests can actually use. The cards are made from recycled paper with flower seed paper attached. Choose from heart, butterfly, cherry blossom, leaf or starfish designs and do something beautiful and good for the world around you.