Eco-friendly Wedding Ideas

Here's a list of 5 creative ways to incorporate eco-friendly wedding ideas into the planning for your big day!  Find 5 more ideas from this great article by Better Homes and Gardens.

#1 Rings
When it comes to choosing a ring, make sure to use jewelers who are green friendly.  More an more, jewelers are using recycled gold and fair-labor gemstones.  To make sure you are not purchasing a "blood diamond," ask your jeweler about the origin of the stone.  Check out Artisan Wedding Rings to see the broad variety of options available for choosing an eco-friendly ring.  

#2 Menu
Ask your caterers if they can provide vegetarian and organic entrees.  Also consider what you are dining on.  If your location doesn't provide dishes, consider renting them to avoid using disposable plates.

#3 Favors
Instead of favors, let your guests know that you have donated a specified amount per guest towards your favorite environmental organization.

#4 Vendors
Choosing area vendors is a great way to keep the transportation emissions low and support local economies.  

#5 Dress
Though your wedding dress may be your most treasured item of your wedding, there are many ways you can be eco-friendly when it comes to choosing a dress.  First is the age-old tradition of wearing your mother's or grandmother's dress.  Take it to a local seamstress to transform it into your own special dress.  If you can't imagine wearing your mom's gown, check out charities such as Brides Against Breast Cancer, where you can buy or donate a dress.  All proceeds go to support women with breast cancer.