It’s summertime, the season of weddings. There has been a strong movement toward greening up the wedding industry in recent years. US weddings cost on average $20,000 and generate a LOT of waste. But it can be done differently.
The keywords to keep in mind are local, recycled, handmade and simple.
Here are some recommendations gleaned from the profusion of eco-wedding sites:
- Use locally grown in-season flowers and place them in recycled containers (mason jars!). How about a bouquet of pink zinnias, coreopsis and honeysuckle?
- Cut down on paper waste by using emailed invitations and RSVPs.
- When planning the reception menu, choose seasonal local foods.
- Remember to put the recycling bins next to the bar and compost the food waste.
- There are several “gently used” wedding dress websites now where you can save quite a bit of money and still have a good selection. Many sell jewelry as well.
- Family heirlooms make wonderful wedding rings, sometimes updated by resetting.
- Cake plates and toppers, fancy guest books, table decorations, and of course, if you are a wedding guest, a gift – please buy handmade. Skip the big box store and seek out local crafts. If you can’t find it in your town, try Etsy (where you can search by location too).
- The number one way to cut wedding expenses and waste is by having fewer guests. Think small, simple, meaningful.
- And of course, use Sow True seeds as your wedding favors!
With our wedding favor packets you can choose the variety or mix of seeds from our catalog and we will print the packets up with your names and the special date. Popular seeds for weddings include the Autumn Beauty Sunflower and the Annual Cut Flower Mix.
Carol Koury, owner of Sow True says “We feel customized seed favors are the perfect celebration of new marriage, since like seeds, a marriage grows, blooms and thrives with love and care.”