Green Bride Guide: Eco-Friendly Proposal Ideas

Simple, elegant wedding ring with a small classic diamond and a gold band.

Congratulations! You have finally found that special someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. The only thing left to do is ask the “big” question. But how do you ask her? Where do you do it? Why not start by planning a green proposal that keeps your eco-friendly spouse-to-be happy. Find a beautiful and sustainable ring and start planning. Whether you’re looking for simple, elegant ideas or want to go big and bold, we’ve got you covered. Here are some eco-friendly proposal ideas for the beautiful future spouse.

1. Simple and Private in the Great Outdoors

Pick a local park, beach, or hiking trail with background scenery that will be enough to make anyone say yes! If you are already an outdoorsy couple it will be easy to get your spouse to be there without having to get too devious. Find a local spot so that you can keep your car emissions down and avoid a long journey. If you are near a national forest or park, consider making a donation on the same day as a heartfelt green gesture toward this national treasure. Simply suggest an afternoon hike, picnic, or walk and stick the ring in your backpack. When the moment is right, bend the knee.

2. The Surprise Announcement

Add a little drama to your proposal by catching your spouse-to-be completely off guard when asking for their hand in marriage. This might mean a little research and planning, but if you know your special someone’s daily routine you can surprise them right at work, at the gym, or even when they are out for the dinner at their favorite sustainable restaurant with some of their friends. To really surprise your special someone proceed to tell them that you are leaving town and then show up out of nowhere and truly sweep them off their feet. Arrange to have someone take photographs or a video of the proposal so you can show it at your engagement party or wedding.

DIY multi-colored paper lanterns hanging over a table adorned with matching table ware.

3. The Spotlight Moment

Everyone’s watched a movie where the proposal is over the top, extravagant, and in front of a huge group of people which makes your heart completely melt. These proposals don’t have to be held exclusively to movies, you just need to have a little creativity and a lot of planning time. Whether it’s creating a huge sign in a public place choreographing a dance off or lighting up a backyard with DIY rice paper lanterns, you may have to convince some official people to help you out with the preparation and getting your spouse-to-be there on time. Fortunately, everyone loves a wedding proposal and most people will be more than happy to help you organize the event. Just make sure that whatever you do has little to no impact on the environment (i.e., using a plane’s vapor trails to write “Will You Marry Me”in the sky or releasing 100 balloons into the atmosphere).

Wooden wedding ring box engraved with a tree and the couple's names holding two rings.

4.) The Creative Gesture

If you’re a musically gifted individual, writing and singing a song in which you ask the big question is very personal and original. You can also create a vessel made from natural materials to hold the rings or shop for a sustainable wooden box with personalized engraving. Take note if your special someone has a favorite food or drink and have the ring baked into their favorite organic dessert or baked goods. You could even drop it to the bottom of a glass of champagne or as an alternative tuck it inside the folds of a sustainably grown rose.

 

About the author:

GBG’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. In 2009, she founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change while supporting the local green economy.

 

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Sarah Sarah has been editing the blog at mywedding for four years. She enjoys watching classic movies, spending money on eyeliner that she never wears, and convincing brides to write thank you notes.

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