Eco-Friendly Wedding Series No. 6: Eco-Friendly Wedding Decorations

| 7/23/2010 1:31:19 PM

You’ve picked your perfect green venue — now what? If you’re lucky, your wedding area is so beautiful that you only need minimal decoration. If the space you have to work with is more bare, no problem. A little bit of creativity can go a long way to make your wedding decorations gorgeous and earth-friendly too.Wedding Candles 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Decorations 

Challenge: Many wedding celebrations incorporate all kinds of decorative elements. From candles to flowers, some of the more common decorations are not always completely earth-friendly. Other wedding decorations, such as ribbons and picture frames, rarely get used after the big day.

Solution: Let’s split this discussion into three elements in wedding decorations: flowers, candles and everything else.

Eco-friendly wedding flowers: If your wedding is scheduled to take place in December in Michigan and you want to decorate with white roses, the odds are probably against your ability to find locally-grown flowers. A great way to plan a green wedding is sticking to what’s local and in season. If you’re having a summer wedding, you may be able to find a local florist for your bouquets and decorations. If your wedding is out of flower season, you might consider skipping flowers altogether. You could get creative and use lanterns or candles instead. There wasn’t a single flower at my wedding (aside from the beautiful fabric one I carried down the aisle), and we all survived unscathed.

Eco-friendly candles: Did you know that common candles — the ones you’ll find at large grocery stores and many fancier stores as well — may occasionally contain harmful ingredients? Most candles are made from a petroleum byproduct. Furthermore, while lead candle wicks aren’t legal to manufacture in the United States anymore, other countries still allow the production of lead-based wicks, so lead may be seeping into your surroundings without you even knowing it (read this EPA report for more information). There are still some questions about whether the unnatural chemicals that create scents in candles are dangerous when burned. In the end, we just don’t know for sure, so it may be best to avoid them.

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