Chinese lanterns are a great way to light up your ceremony or reception. Lanterns are an eco-friendly alternative to regular lighting because they use less energy and many of them are made from rice paper. They also are a traditional Chinese symbol of good wishes and hope for the future, which is a perfect sentiment for your wedding. These lanterns are handmade and 100% biodegradable.
Photo: Kiss Me DIY Paper Lantern Kit, Create it Girl!
In traditional Chinese culture, after the wedding ceremony and before the reception, the bride will serve tea to her in-laws in a formal ceremony. This ceremony is regarded as more important than the reception, which is typically very short. A fun way to make the tea ceremony eco-friendly is to use a family heirloom antique teapot or one made with ceramic. You can also use organic tea!
Photo: Organic Tea
Another great way to make your Chinese wedding eco-friendly is with your wedding invitations. Invitations that use seeded paper can be planted after they are opened, blooming into beautiful wildflowers! These unique invitations feature bamboo, another symbol of good luck for your special day!
Photo: Chinese Bamboo
Flowers are a big part of any wedding celebration. The lotus flower is a popular flower in China and symbolizes purity. You can green your traditional Chinese wedding by using locally grown lotus flowers. The leaves of the flower are also edible and used mainly to wrap vegetables. This would be a great way to add in organic and eco-friendly food options to your wedding reception!
Photo: Lotus Flower Bridal Bouquet
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More and more couples are planning green destination weddings to reduce their carbon footprint and create an extended vacation for them and their guests. It also fuels the local economy while setting a trend for other newly engaged couples. Many couples are even relying on smaller eco-conscious hotels and lodges to save on money while enjoying a diverse and beautiful location.
Destination Wedding Kit
This box provides a safe place for your wedding gown when you are traveling. It’s designed to fit into the overhead space above your seat and can even go through security with you when you board the plane, so you can be worry free about your gown getting lost in baggage claim. The kit also comes with a clay stain stick for bridal emergencies.This box is eco-friendly so you can reuse it if need be. It is ideal for a bride traveling long distances!
Photo: Green Destination Wedding Kit, GreenBrideGuide
The destination wedding kit also comes with carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org. Carbon offsets are a great way to compensate for traveling on a plane or car to get to your chosen destination. You can choose to restore forests or even support wind technology.
Photo: Green Destination Wedding Kit, GreenBrideGuide
Planning a wedding in a tropical location like Hawaii or Antigua allows your guests to take in the beautiful scenery of the ocean and other tourist attractions. This pyramid unity sand set is made from recycled glass and is perfect for a beach or destination wedding. This sand set is similar to a unity candle ceremony where the bride and groom pour sand into a central glass. This set can also be engraved with your names, wedding location and date. This will be a memorable keepsake for years to come!
Photo: Pyramid Unity Sand Set, Seaside Collections
Hannah & Brent
The Woodlands, Texas
Q&A with the Bride:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It didn’t take long for either of us to decide that the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center would be the perfect place to get married when we walked outside on their forest deck to look at our ceremony location. The deck sits out over a lake with beautiful fountains and the scenery was so gorgeous we knew that the need for doing any decorating would be minimal. It was also a huge seller to us that the resort catered dinner, made our cakes, and much more included in our package to make our lives easier.
Which details from your wedding were your favorites?
Our three favorite details were taking pictures with the sunset after the ceremony, listening to our loved ones give toasts, and the non-stop dancing.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Our one piece of advice for other couples would be, if possible, investing in professionals was way more worth it than we realized. We can’t get over how much of a lifesaver it was to have the help of people that knew what they were doing. Thanks to the resort and our other vendors, the wedding day itself felt effortless.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
My favorite moment would be the exit. Brent carried me up a long flight of stairs out of the reception hall and everyone was screaming so enthusiastically waiting for us at our exit that we knew everyone had an excellent time.
In honor of Earth Day on Monday, we’re sharing our ideas to help you plan a green wedding. If you didn’t know, a green wedding is when a couple opts out for environmentally friendly alternatives from the dress to the cake. Here are 4 ways to shrink your carbon footprint–in other words, reduce, reuse and recycle:
Save trees by choosing invitations that are plantable or nix invitations altogether and send Evites through your personalized wedding website.
Photo: Christa Elyce Photography
Lindsey & John
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We loved the meandering paths through the beautiful terraced gardens. It was very romantic, and we could envision all of our guests having the chance to explore the grounds.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
The bridal party Mendhi (henna party) was definitely a highlight. We sat around drinking chai and chatting. The henna was so beautiful and unique, and it was a lasting reminder of our awesome weekend of wedding fun! Another highlight was the bridal party dance that we performed to set off the dance party. I choreographed a super fun booty-shaking dance to a medley of three songs. Every time all the bridesmaids were together leading up to the wedding, we would practice, laughing the whole time. It was so much fun to perform, and the crowd loved it! We designed our wedding altar and had it built by our friends at Heritage Salvage with all salvaged materials. It was gorgeous, rustic and tied in my Chinese heritage. The design was inspired by Chinese arches, and we hung a gong in the center that we used ceremonially.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about.
It’s hard to choose just one, but it would probably be when we were eating dinner. I just kept looking around at all our friends and family enjoying each other’s company and felt so incredibly happy to be in that moment surrounded by so much love.