Green Weddings at Hoyt Arboretum
If you are interested in having your wedding in a lovely outdoor setting like the Hoyt Arboretum, you may be interested in ideas for a "green" wedding -- in other words, an event that doesn't come at the expense of the environment. Few events offer as many opportunities to make caring choices than a wedding. At an average cost of $25,000 to $30,000, weddings can have significant effects, and these need not be harmful to the environment .
Here are some ideas for alternative choices which may be more eco-friendly than many of the more traditional wedding elements:
- Use local and seasonal flowers for the bride's bouquet and decorations instead of burning fuel transporting flowers from other states or countries.
- Design the menu using local, organic foods in season.
- Search for web sites offering biodegradable plates and napkins, organically grown flowers and food, and use tablecloths made from organic cotton.
- Find vintage clothes to avoid the waste of wedding gowns and suits that will never be worn again.
- Find venues and caterers who recycle.
- Decorate with potted plants that can be transplanted instead of thrown away after one use.
- Use soy-based candles, rather than those made of petroleum-based wax.
- Purchase locally brewed beer and organic wine.
- Look for rings that are 100 percent reclaimed, recycled, ecologically responsible gold.
- Use mass transit or shuttle buses that run on bio-diesel fuel to move guests between sites.
- In lieu of traditional gifts, ask guests to sign up for renewable energy and reforestation projects.
- Purchase small, native plants to give as favors to guests.
- Calculate the mileage guests will travel and offset their carbon emissions by donating to places like Hoyt Arboretum that plant trees or preserve rain forests.