It's Arbor Day, the national day dedicated to planting trees and celebrating the Earth. The traditional Arbor Day tree planting ceremony works well for green weddings, and provides a beautiful symbolic act you can take as a newly married couple. Plus - visiting that tree a decade later can be really powerful and help you visualize how your relationship has grown, changed and strengthened over time.
When people think of Earth Day the first things that comes to mind are usually recycling and tree planting activities. You can weave both into your green wedding by giving guests plantable tree or seed favors to take home in 100% recycled or eco-friendly packaging. While seed wedding favors work well all year long, April and May are the perfect months to plant seeds in most places, so celebrating the earth and your union in this special way is perfect for a Spring wedding.
Spring is here, which means that in Vermont (and New England) the maple sap we use for maple syrup and maple candies has begun to flow. If you love the taste of maple, it offers a wonderful regional flavor profile to weave into your big day, especially if you are making some of the dishes for your own brunch wedding reception.
A growing number of couples are looking to use local and organic flowers for their wedding decor - and spring is the perfect time of year to go green when it comes to wedding florals! If you are planning a farm or rustic ranch wedding, flowers that look natural (as if they were just picked from a field the morning of the wedding) will perfectly match your theme.
Vermont has long been known for being one of the greenest states in The Union. For example, the city of Burlington recently made news when it switched to 100% renewable energy. So it is no wonder that many eco-friendly couples choose to say "I Do" in this verdant and generally green-minded state.
Wedding photos aren’t something you want to mess around with. You want spectacular ones because you only get one shot at them. But, many couples choose to have their friends shoot their weddings or have guests take most of the photos. Is the risk worth it or should you hire a professional for the night?
Why You Should Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer
If you are thinking about DIY wedding flowers, but are worried about sourcing sustainable blooms and creating the perfect arrangements yourself, this post is for you! A new company, Bloominous, offers affordable and professionally designed flower kits for weddings and events. While not all organic, all of their blooms are grown in California, so you don't have to worry about creating a large carbon footprint for your wedding shipping flowers in from overseas (where most florals come from).
If you want to include green (the color) greenery into your eco-friendly wedding decor, vines and ivy can quickly be used to create lush organic tablescapes, aisle style and even cake decorations. Vines are easy to source locally in most parts of the country during the spring, summer and early fall months, and have the added advantage of being extremely affordable. Olive branches also work well for many of these green floral decor ideas because they are quite hardy and widely available.
There is a growing tradition in the United States of brides making decorative bouquets from their bridal shower ribbons using paper plates. Whether from this season's Easter baskets, holiday gifts or your bridal shower party, there is a good chance that you have (or will have) a lot of extra bows and ribbons laying around your house this year.