D and I are 44 days away from getting married (not that I'm counting AHAHAHA omg of course I'm counting) and one thing we've really worked to keep sight of is making sure our wedding feels like us. I'm not very bridal, but I am very environmentally conscious. Lucky for me, so is the wonderful guy I'm marrying. Here are a few things that we've done to make our wedding eco-fabulous.
- We have arranged for a bus to transport guests from the hotel to the wedding venue on Saturday. Not everyone will take it, but the people who do won’t have to worry about directions, parking, or a designated driver. Carpooling at its finest!
- All of the beer and wine at the wedding is going to be local, Texas-made or grown, and delicious. And with our guests’ help, we’ll recycle every bottle at the reception.
- Flowers can have a huge impact on the environment, from the fertilizers used to grow them to the fuel used to transport them long distances. So we’ve chosen to skip the cut flowers and instead have come up with some fun alternatives, including the bouquets I made out of pages from an old book and the succulent centerpieces that are going to double as favors.
- Our wedding rings (and my engagement ring) are made from ethically-sourced, recycled metal and stones.
- We’ve asked guests to please opt for no gift wrap, if they choose to order us something from our online registry. We’re so thrilled to be receiving beautiful gifts that unwrapping them from the generic Amazon boxes is plenty exciting.
- Our gift registry includes many items that are eco-friendly, from reusable produce bags to beautiful serving bowls that are made out of sustainably-grown wood.
- Our caterer, which is a small local business, is one of only a handful of restaurants in the Austin area that participates in a locally-run recycling program.
- Speaking of our caterer, we’ve made them swear up and down that no leftover food will be thrown out. We’re bribing them to pack it all up so that guests can take it home at the end of the night. The leftovers are going to be amazing.