Eco-Chic Fall Wedding Tips from the Green Bride Guide

Kate runs one of the most comprehensive guides to planning a Green wedding out there. Her site is chock-full of great tips on how to create an eco-friendly wedding, whether you’re just looking to go paper-free or taking it all the way with a carbon-free day.

Fall is right around the corner and there’s still time to add eco-chic touches to your special day. With this season comes the changing of the leaves, delicious seasonal harvests, and bursts of color for naturally gorgeous wedding decor. Here are some helpful hints on how to create a fall wedding that is eco-friendly and fabulous!

Decor:
Fall provides an abundance of attractive natural items. Miniature pumpkins and gourds can be painted and personalized in place of name cards. Fallen leaves in a range of colors can be collected and scattered down the aisle, or used around centerpieces on the tables at your reception. Apples, berries, sunflowers, cornstalks, hay bales and acorns also make lovely additions to your fall floral arrangements and décor. Create a healthy, edible centerpiece from fruit that guests can take home, or pick crisp apples and dip them in caramel for delicious DIY favors.fall-decor-pumpkin-chalkboard-table-setting

Location:
In the fall, outdoor weddings are still an option. Why not have your wedding in a vineyard or in a forest? The natural beauty of your surroundings will allow you to put less focus on your décor and save money.fall-wedding-orchard-hills

Flowers:
Use flowers that are pesticide-free, local and in season. Local florists require less travel and guarantee freshness. Staple flowers for a fall wedding are typically mums and dahlias, which you can choose in a variety of striking colors. Kale and ornamental cabbages are also beautiful in a wedding bouquet or even as stand-alone centerpieces.centerpieces-eco-friendly-sunflower-cabbage

Food:
Fall is harvest season and offers a bounty of fresh produce and berries. Brie and pear purses and pumpkin soup are guaranteed crowd pleasers. Apple and pumpkin pies are natural choices to accompany changing leaves and cooler nights. Choosing seasonal, local foods will guarantee you and your guests a fresh and delicious meal, and probably save you money, too!menu-pumpkin-quiche-local-in-season
Photo credits:
Pumpkins and moped: Authentic Eye Photography
Flowers on chalkboard: Ellie Grover Photography
Couple outside: Orchard Cove Photography
Cabbage arrangement: April Joy Events
Sunflower centerpiece: Jenna Walker Photography
Quiche name card: Samantha Warren Weddings
Menu: Jenna Walker Photography

about the author
Kate Green Bride Guide's CEO, Kate L. Harrison, has a JD in Environmental Law and a Master's from Yale in Environmental Policy. She planned her own green wedding in 2007 and wrote the best selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget(Sourcebooks, 2008). In 2009, she founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change and support the local green economy.

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