Eco-Friendly Wedding Series No. 8: Green Wedding Gifts and Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors

| 7/30/2010 9:12:12 AM

I think it was somewhere around month six of wedding planning that I started begging my husband to run away with me and elope. Of course I was looking forward to my wedding, and I couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle. But the stress of planning has a way of seeping into all aspects of life, and I began to wonder if this was worth all the hassle.

I assure you that, while I still contend that eloping would have been perfectly fine with me, our wedding day was worth any damage I might have incurred. Celebrating your union with your friends and family will only happen this one time (unless you’re a celebrity — then it can happen with all the bells and whistles every year).

So far in this eco-friendly wedding series, you’ve learned how to find the most eco-friendly rings and stationery. I’ve talked about green transportation, venues and wedding dresses. In my last two blogs, I covered the topics of wedding décor and, my favorite, food. Now that you know more about how your wedding can give back to, rather than take away from, Mother Earth, it’s time to finally figure out the best ways to give gifts to one another.

Green Wedding Gifts and Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors 

Challenge: Despite your best efforts to be creative, your guests may not be quite as excited as you are about “Him + Her Forever” beer cozies or monogrammed picture frames, and nobody wants their wedding favors to end up in the trash.

Wedding cookiesSolution: There are a number of fun and creative ways to thank your guests for attending your wedding that won’t hurt the environment. You may have already guessed that my favorite option is food. Send your guests home with your mom’s homemade cookies or candies from your local chocolate store. You can wrap everything with paper or let your guests grab them on their way out. Gifts that disappear within minutes are the epitome of earth kindness.

7/31/2010 2:13:31 PM

Thank you for shedding light on the creative and eco-friendly options that engaged couples have today, especially when it comes to their wedding registry. I agree with you that any resources you can use to simplify, be green and not get bogged down in the details is extremely helpful. Our cash gift registry site,, is the perfect solution for couples who don't want more stuff and who would rather register for anything they would like monetary contributions towards: honeymooons, home down payments, newlywed activities and charities are just some of the things people register for. I often guest post on about ways to leverage modern gifting options such as this for an easy way to go green when it comes to the registry.

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