Green Wedding Tips: Favors & Centerpieces!

This is the fifth part of our series on green wedding tips. Another area of green wedding tips that people should think about is favors & centerpieces! And here are some different ideas for favors.

Consider stacking your favors, like boxes of tea like this, as the centerpiece! Photo from The Wedding Lens

  • Donate as the favor. Instead of buying things that might get tossed into a drawer, consider donating money to a charity as the favor. Have the DJ announce this donation, instead of printing paper notes that say so. If you do want to print cards that tell guests of the donation, consider printing one per table instead of one per guest. Tip: Don’t say that you donated “on behalf of” your guests! You don’t want people to get upset that you donated on their behalf to an organization that they may not support.
  • Plant a tree as a favor. Plant a tree (or many trees) as the favor to your guests. You can tell them (via a DJ, not printed paper!) where you planted and what kind of trees you planted.
  • Give seeds. Give seeds as the favor so that people can plant on their own plants or flowers. You can print stickers or order seeds that have your names & date of the wedding on it, if you want to make it more personal.
  • Give a basket of green products. Come up with a list of some green products and items and give those as the favor. For example, seeds, cleaning products, or other biodegradable products.
  • Make the favors the centerpieces. By using the favors as the decorative centerpiece, you don’t have to use more flowers or purchase other decorative items. And hopefully the favors will be useful and re-useable.

Have other ideas? Tell us!

~ Natasha

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Top 5 Wedding Centerpieces!

Some of my friends are planning their wedding. They have everything picked out, from food to linens, but they haven’t decided on centerpieces. They’re not sure that they want to have centerpieces at all or they want to reuse something (in an effort to be just a little bit green in their wedding planning!)

There are always some creative ideas for centerpieces but sometimes it’s nice to know what the most typical centerpieces are, right? Right. Here they are and here are some tips if you decide to use them!

  • Flowers! Obviously this is the most typical centerpiece. See if you can re-use the flowers that you have in the ceremony — saves you money and is a bit green. A warning on the flowers: If you want conversation around the table, don’t make the arrangements too big! It’s hard to have a conversation across the table if the bouquet is blocking the view.
Photo from The Wedding Lens

Photo from The Wedding Lens

  • Candles. Candles can be incorporated with flowers, but they can also be their own centerpiece. They’re elegant and can set the mood (and create some dim lighting at the tables).
Photo from The Wedding Lens

Photo from The Wedding Lens

  • Favors. Use your favors as the centerpieces — and people will take them at the end of the night. Double duty for the centerpieces! For example, my friend gave out these boxes of tea and stacked them in the center. We each had to take them away before dinner was served ’cause it was family style!
 

 

 

Photo from The Wedding Lens

Photo from The Wedding Lens

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Modern Bride, Brides.com

Photo from Modern Bride, Brides.com

 

 

  • Glass bowls. The fifth most common centerpiece is a glass bowl — filled with something. Sometimes people use marbles, shells, stones (like those pretty irridescent ones!), water + flower petals, or water + fish (it’s true!). You can check out something like this:
Photo from The Wedding Lens

Photo from The Wedding Lens

Or even like this!

Photo from The Wedding Lens!

Photo from The Wedding Lens!

So those are the most common — but that doesn’t mean you should stop there! What kind of centerpieces did you have?

~ Natasha

Share photos of your centerpieces with an online photo album!

Best of The Wedding Lens Blog

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided that it would be nice to review some of the “Best of” blogs.  This is based on your comments, number of views, and the feedback that I have received. So without further ado….

Since those posts were created, we also developed two FABULOUS lists. One is 75 Cheap Wedding Tips and the other is 50 Green Wedding Tips. We think these lists will help you plan cost-effective, green weddings by doing small things that don’t compromise the quality, class, and dream wedding you’ve always imagined. 

Also, always remember to consider our FREE photo albums for your wedding!

Do you have other favorites? Tell us!

~ Natasha