Green Wedding Tips: Location of Your Wedding!

An outdoor wedding venue! photo from The Wedding Lens

A lot of people are “being green” on their wedding day – even doing the smallest of things to help save the environment, just a little bit. Here’s another part in our series of green wedding tips that focuses on each part of the planning process. Here are your green wedding location planning tips!

  • Pick a venue that is outdoors.  Selecting a venue like an area of a forest or part of a beach is beautiful. You can take advantage of natural lighting and you won’t need electricity during the ceremony. And, as a bonus, many times, it’s also free! It takes advantage of the nature that is easily accessible. If you do get married in a park, make sure you check out any required permits! The National Park Service website has resources for this – just go to their site and search based on the park you’re looking at.
  • Think about where your guests are coming from. The more people who are traveling, the worse it is for the environment because of the oil & gas that gets used to travel! AND, even more importantly, the people who have to travel get hit harder in their wallets. If most people are in a certain place, consider having your wedding there. If you’re asking people to travel, then also think about asking guests to purchase carbon offsets or donate to an earth-friendly organization to compensate for their travel.
  • Consider the decor of the venue; use windows wisely! Try to select a venue that has natural light so you don’t have to use electricity. Many churches have open stained glass windows that provide natural light. Similarly, restaurants and other venues with lots of windows are great for this.
  • Provide a car- or van-pool from hotel to ceremony/reception. Rather than have everyone drive from their hotel to the wedding reception, organize a car pool or hire transportation for wedding guests to & from the venues. You save fuel and ensure your inebriated friends get home safely.

Got other green wedding ideas? Need ideas in other areas of wedding planning? Here are more green wedding tips!

Go Green!

~ Natasha

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To Wedding Arch Or Not To Wedding Arch

Wedding Arch

Wedding planning is supposed to be an exciting time for the bride and groom-to-be. There are so many details that have to be covered in order to have a successful yet glamorous wedding.

 

Some of the details may not arise until you arrive to your wedding rehearsal.  As you are decorating your ceremony location like the church, outdoor setting etc., an opportunity may arise for you to add a wedding arch to your decor. Do you choose this addition or do you reject it? It all depends on what kind of appearance it brings to the wedding setup.  Does it make an elegant addition or does it just add clutter?

 

Of course the bride and groom-to-be have the final say if this is right for their wedding or not.  The wedding arch may work better in the outdoors than it would in a church setting.  If you are still uncertain take pictures at the rehearsal and ceremony location  after it has all been decorated. When you go home, and if time allows, download all the pictures on the computer and scan through the photos, if you don’t like what you see then forego the arch.  Making the right decision is so very important since you don’t want to regret it in the long run.

 

If  you are in need of some more decorating ideas for the ceremony or the reception, Almost A Bride  has ideas you may wish to consider and incorporate into your wedding planning.

 

~ Lindsey