by Amy Lignor
I had the pleasure and honor of attending a wedding this weekend and watching an amazing couple who are truly in love say, ‘I do.’ Although this wedding was not an all-out ‘green’ wedding; 95% of the wedding/reception combo was – and some of the added environmental touches most definitely made this event one to remember.
This was one of those days atop a New Mexico mountain with 70-degree weather circulating around us all – you know (especially you poor folk who stared at snow all weekend), it was one of those perfect days that people hunger for. The site was a rich, green lawn with a beautiful crystal clear lake right beside the seating, with the purple and gray-colored mountains rising in the distance. It was as if we had crash-landed (like another famous New Mexico group from Roswell) in paradise.
The décor was subtle; there were no diamond-covered anything; just an eco-friendly vibe surrounding the stunning centerpieces and the recyclable décor that really made it feel as if we were in a warm, soothing home.
The invitations that had been sent were on recyclable paper and when we arrived at the event, the ‘program’ that listed the facets of the ceremony and announced the wedding party were also made of recyclable paper (not that it will be recycled, because I will keep it under glass with the pictures and memories of that special day.)
As the ceremony came to an end and we were escorted into the building, the ‘green’ décor was draped from the ceiling and the chairs were covered in a stunning white-colored fabric with pink bows that perfectly matched the re-useable vases filled with baby’s breath. The children were the ones who took off – heading to the dance floor. The little boys and girls were looking at the grownups as if we definitely didn’t know how to get down and party, and every single person had a smile on their face that spoke of the kindness of the day.
The party favors given out to each attendee were tiny jars of strawberry preserves that told people to ‘Spread the Love’ and came in recyclable tied-bags that were just adorable.
The plates, cups, ornaments and wedding favors all fell into the ‘green’ category as well as the ‘beautiful’ category, and the wardrobe of the wedding party was absolutely lovely – perfect for the green, luxurious setting.
No, this is not a ‘day in the life’ article; this is, however, a note to one and all that if you’re planning your own big day, adhering to a ‘green’ look is a great thing for both you and the environment. Whether you know this fact or not, the average wedding can actually produce up to four-hundred pounds of garbage when all is said and done. The studies have shown that one American wedding is actually equal to 8+ million cars driving on the road for one year. This may sound absolutely impossible and ridiculous but, alas, it’s true.
Flowers also cause a huge impact on the environment, which means that many brides opt to get their centerpieces and bouquets from an organic florist. Another great idea is to choose plants/flowers that can be replanted after the day’s festivities are over.
And when it comes to the buffet or food menu, choosing foods from local/organic farmers and growers, while having a wedding cake made from organic ingredients as well, is a great aisle to walk down.
What most will talk about is the venue itself, and how choosing the right venue is one of the most important choices a bride and groom can make. This weekend the venue was a small room at a country club; however, the electricity used was not overabundant, nor was the water. And seeing as that the ceremony and the reception were in the same place, no gas emissions had to be worried about.
The one thing that cannot be recycled or worried about when it comes to the big day is the amount of love, joy and faith that occurs at the wedding of best friends. And when it comes to this conservative wedding – those emotions were most definitely in abundance!
Congratulations Chris & Maddie!
Until Next Time, Everybody,
Source: Baret News Wire