5 Clever Ways To Throw A Cheaper, Greener Wedding
Some girls spend a lot of time daydreaming about what their wedding will look like.
When it finally comes time to plan the event, they’ve already got ideas about dresses, colors, music and food.
I was not one of those girls. I had other things on my mind, like graduate school, buying a house, and paying off credit card debt.
So when my longtime boyfriend and I finally decided to make it official, I was a little overwhelmed.
Having spent the better part of the last year planning this shingdig, I now know a) why people hire wedding coordinators and b) how hard it can be to plan an event this size that doesn’t create a ton of waste.
When you’re putting a wedding together on your own, going out of your way to do extremely “green” things can be costly. What I learned is that it’s also about looking for the subtle opportunities to keep impact to a minimum. Often it’s just a matter of choosing a slightly less traditional option over the expected.
Are you planning a wedding, or do you work with soon-to-be-married couples that are interested in reducing their wedding’s environmental footprint? Read on for some of the easiest ways to make the event a little greener.
1. Electronic Save-The-Dates
Save-the-dates are a great way to let friends and family know “We got engaged! Keep your calendar open.” They’re especially necessary if lots of your loved ones will have to travel for the wedding. The downside is, save-the-dates are costly to print, require you to purchase stamps, find current addresses, and then you spend the next week hoping they don’t get damaged as they wing their way through the snail mail system.
Electronic save-the-dates are a smarter, cheaper, more modern solution. Using any number of free services available on the internet, you can send cute notifications of your upcoming nuptials at the touch of a button. Even better, the responses (if any) will be saved neatly online where you can access them at any time!
2. Buy Alcohol In Bulk
And I don’t just mean buy a lot of it. If you’ll be providing libations for your guests, caterers will try to force you to choose bottles and cans of beer. These units are simply more convenient for bartenders to handle, but choosing keg beer is actually a smarter choice. Not only will you pay less per serving, there won’t be 9,534 bottles and cans to recycle or (even worse) throw away.