Last fall, I was lucky enough to marry my best friend. We had a fantastic day full of amazing people, food, drink, music & dancing. I know, that’s not a “little thing” but until we got engaged, I had no idea how many “little things” go in to planning a wedding!
When we started the planning process, we were inspired by nature as well as the marriage of modern style and technology with tradition and history. We were also inspired by the Hebrew phrase “Tikkun Olam” which translates roughly to “repairing the world.” So, we decided to reduce our impact on the environment by making sustainable, eco-friendly choices and substitutions throughout the planning pocess. Small steps like these can truly make a difference when multiplied, so we hope that by sharing these ideas we can inspire others to do the same.
We chose to cut down on paper usage by placing RSVPs, directions and details on a website rather than printing them and including them in the invitations. We also opted for smaller cards and envelopes without additional details such as magnets, envelope liners, etc. We estimate that we used at least 50% less material this way.
For the invitations we used Beckett Cambric Linen cards and envelopes which are produced carbon neutral by Mohawk Fine Papers.
We chose a florist (Arena’s) who uses organically grown flowers and plants gathered in the wild whenever possible.
The caterer we used (The Rabbit Room at the Lower Mill) is committed to using fresh locally grown ingredients from produce to meat and dairy products to locally made beers and wines. They also use real china, cutlery, glassware, and napkins, eliminating the waste of disposable implements.
We encouraged everyone to car pool and provided a shuttle from the hotels our guests were staying at to the reception.
In lieu of favors, we chose to make a donation to Flower City Habitat for Humanity on behalf of our guests. Forgoing favors not only reduced waste, but Flower City Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing affordable AND sustainable housing to residents in the Rochester area. This organization is very near and dear to our hearts and we are so glad we were able to give back as a part of our celebration.
Save the Date Cards
Our save the date cards were printed on 1/3 sheet of HempHeritage 100% non-tree and post consumer paper products from Green Field Paper and enclosed in Cigar Paper 100% tree-free envelopes from Eco-Paper.
Programs & Escort Cards
We will be using HempHeritage 100% non-tree and post consumer paper products for the programs, escort cards and other decorations.
My engagement ring is a family heirloom that belonged to my paternal grandmother. The use of family or antique rings is an excellent way to reduce the impact of mining and jewelry production on the environment.
For reception decorations we primarily used household items we either already had or planned to continue using in the future. Decorations provided by the florist and reception venue were also reusable.
I’ll post more specific information on some of the things we made ourselves, such as the decorations and invitations. I do hope that if you are planning a wedding you’ll take a little inspiration from this post – every little bit helps make a difference!
P.S. A huge thank you to eieio photography for all of the gorgeous photos from our big day!