Thursday, June 28, 2012
Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors
In our thirties and already with an established home, my husband and I didn't feel the need to ask for a new set of dishes or a toaster. For a young couple setting up a new home receiving these items can be a blessing, but we didn't have the need nor did we feel right about registering just to register. Instead I added a little card inside our invitation that said "In lieu of gifts please donate in our name to such and such a charity" and listed the website at the bottom. We ended up raising thousands of dollars for our charity and received a nice thank you note.
I also came across a great resource for wedding giving called the I Do Foundation. Their site allows couples to create a registry for guests to donate to a selected charity or charities. They also offer other services to "green" your wedding. You can calculate your wedding's carbon footprint and then offset your emission or browse ideas to plan a "green" honeymoon. Definitely a worthwhile visit.
Our wedding favors really had me stumped for a long time. What could I give my guests that wouldn't negatively impact our environment or be absolutely useless as some wedding favors tend to be. I didn't want to send them home with something wrapped in plastic either. I decided on lily bulbs in sweet recycled paper boxes. Plant a Memory offers many different options for eco-friendly wedding favors. Our lily bulbs arrived quickly and the boxes were very easy to assemble. They also personalize little cards with the bride and groom's names and the date of the wedding along with instructions.
Besides creating less waste on your big day, opting for the eco-friendly when planning your wedding is a choice that keeps on giving. In addition to feeling good about donating to charity, I planted the leftover bulbs in our front yard. Year after year when they bloom we can remember our beautiful evening.