6 Green Wedding Planning Tips to Create an Eco-Chic Wedding

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Green weddings are growing in popularity and top destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events shares 6 wedding planning tips to create a green eco-chic wedding.

Live trees and live flowers as wedding decor

Live trees and live flowers as wedding decor (Photo credit: Red Heart Photo)

Shipping or bringing in items from other states or countries requires a lot of fuel. Instead, insist on using fresh, seasonal foods, which also comes with the added perk of supporting local businesses too.

Green weddings are becoming more popular as couples are keen to decrease the impact of their event on the planet. According to Green Bride Guide, each wedding in the United States will produce an average of 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 400-600 lbs. of garbage. That is a ton of waste! Going green gives couples an opportunity to not only save the planet, but to save some money as well. While people associate going green with being very granola, it’s easy to create an eco-chic wedding enabling couples to go green without sacrificing style. Mango Muse Events, top destination wedding planner, shares 6 green wedding planning tips to create an eco-chic wedding.

1. Take the Party Outdoors. Choose an outdoor venue like a beach, park or garden, which will require less energy than an indoor venue. Make sure to make it a daytime event not only to capitalize on the beautiful surroundings, but also so that extra lighting won’t be needed.

2. Cut Down on Transportation. The biggest contributor to air pollution are cars and buses, so reduce emissions by cutting down on travel and make the ceremony and reception in the same place. Get rid of the limo and carpool instead. Another great idea is to rent an alternative energy bus and shuttle guests to and from the venue to reduce harmful emissions.

3. Use Local and Organic Products. Choose a caterer who utilizes local farmers and organic foods and drinks. Shipping or bringing in items from other states or countries requires a lot of fuel. Instead, insist on using fresh, seasonal foods, which also comes with the added perk of supporting local businesses too.

4. Keep it Natural. Instead of cut flowers, use live plants and flowers to decorate the wedding instead. Use potted plants, flowers or trees for a ceremony backdrop or as centerpieces in the reception décor. Create small potted succulents that doubles as both seating cards and a take home favor.

5. Reduce Waste. Be thoughtful and creative with items in the wedding design and avoid one-time use items. Instead recycle or use vintage items or repurpose décor from the ceremony to the reception. Favors typically include packaging and materials that most times just get thrown away, so don't have a favor at all or choose something that benefits the planet like seeds. Consider purchasing a vintage dress or redesigning an existing dress to give it new life.

6. Keep Paper Goods to a Minimum. Rethink invitations and consider an evite instead. If paper invites are a must, use recycled paper and soy inks and try to keep the number of pieces down. Consider just printing the invitation and then direct guests to a free website for all the other wedding information and to RSVP. It reduces waste and saves on both printing and postage.

About Mango Muse Events:
Mango Muse Events is a boutique event planning and design firm specializing in customized destination weddings and events both big and small. Mango Muse Events doesn’t just plan weddings, they create custom wedding experiences. Marrying their planning expertise with their design creativity, Mango Muse Events takes a wedding or event to the next level by making the process and the event completely personalized. Mango Muse Events is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and orchestrates events across the world from California to Bali, Mexico to Italy, New York to the Caribbean, Hawaii to Paris and everywhere in-between. Please visit http://www.mangomuseevents.com for more information.

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