Glamming Your Eco-Wedding with Gold and Silver

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Eco-friendly is often synonymous with green: the overarching ecological concept and the color. Many eco weddings incorporate nature directly. Couples get married outside, say vows under a willow tree, and dance on a verdant lawn. But being eco-friendly doesn’t mean you have to embrace earth tones, bare feet, and rustic charm. Eco-friendliness is about the decisions you make more than  about your style. For example, you can get organic foods that aren’t glorifying the farm stand simply by incorporating organic and local ingredients into your gourmet recipes. You don’t have to wear cotton or organic silk as long as your fabrics are vintage. In other words, you can have a modern, glamorous wedding that respects the Earth, and the latest decorative fashions, at once. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by using non-traditional colors. Silver and gold are excellent choices. They’re not commonly seen in the forest and they evoke high society, fancy jewels, and a contemporary sensibility.


Recycled Gold and Silver Paper

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Recycled paper comes in many different colors, including metallic ones. Metallic paper is traditionally formal and elegant. Add some glamour to your favors by presenting them in recycled gold paper bags. Make confetti from cut up recycled silver paper, and send your guests recycled gold embossed invitations offset with hand dyed “earth silk” ribbon.


Earth Silk Ribbon

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Speaking of eco-friendly ribbon, there are about a hundred ways to use the stuff in your decorations—from creating sparkling gold garlands to wrapping it around your bouquet. Tie shimmering tendrils to your up-do, or weave some thin strands into the bodice of your dress. Decorate your chairs and tables with ribbon and use it to add some metallic accents to your ring pillow or flower girl basket. The possibilities are endless.


Non-VOC Gold and Silver Paint

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You may not think of paint as being particularly eco-friendly, but there are responsibly made paints that fit the bill. Benjamin Moore, for example, has an environmentally friendly non-VOC line with several brilliant metallic shades. Use the paint to transform things like rustic mason jars and simple wood chairs into golden conversation pieces. You can even paint organic, locally grown flowers or plants to create ethereal sculptural arrangements right out of the pages of a magazine. Painted succulents are particularly stunning (like in the image below.)


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