How to Throw an Eco-Friendly Bridal Shower

| 5/10/2018 8:57:00 AM


Bridal showers are a great excuse to gather with all the women in your life—but without careful consideration, they can often turn wasteful. (Think multiple garbage bags just from the wrapping paper alone.) Honor your values by making your celebration as green as possible and hosting a sustainable, natural bridal shower. Here’s how to get started.

Craft a Mindful Registry

Before you (and/or your maid of your honor) begin planning the event, take a moment to think intentionally about your registry. Be mindful about the gifts you ask for and avoid the temptation to register for something you know you won’t use just because you think you should have it on the list.

If you’ve been living with your fiancé for a while, chances are you already have everything you need for your home. Instead, consider asking your guests to make charitable donations in your name. Or, have them contribute to a wedding fund that you can put toward big-ticket items, like your wedding rings.

If you do need to stock up on home goods, ask guests to bring gently used items they no longer need. (After all, a well-seasoned cast-iron pan that belonged to your grandmother is more sentimental and sustainable than a Teflon set from the department store.) Or, register at a locally owned home goods store and have guests shop in person. You’ll promote a small business and avoid excess waste from shipping packages.

Get Creative About Wrapping

Speaking of waste, ask your guests to skip the wrapping paper (especially plastic bows and ribbons) on their gifts. Make sure to include a note on the invitations explaining this intention and provide a list of alternative ideas. For example, guests can craft reusable gift bags from fabric, or wrap gifts in brown paper bags, newspaper or magazine pages. At the very least, urge them to reuse any boxes or gift wrapping that they already have at home.

Pick a Sustainable Location

Host the shower outside during daylight hours to reduce your electricity usage and take advantage of natural lighting. Consider any of the following locales:

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