Spring has sprung and it is never too late to think about stylish ways to green your wedding day. Spring is a time of rebirth - the trees are fresh with buds and the landscape is blanketed in vibrant colors - making it the perfect time to take inspiration from the great outdoors.
Here are some tips to use that inspiration to make your spring wedding eco-friendly and fabulous:
Décor: Spring is the perfect time of year to embrace the natural beauty and colors that come with the season. Using local flowers requires less travel, so you get fresh blooms that look their best on your wedding day.
Using a few bright seasonal flowers with greenery in recycled mason jars or vases makes for colorful and eco-chic centerpieces.
And don't limit your seasonal decor choices to flowers! Ripe fruits, displayed on platters throughout the reception hall, create a colorful and delicious complement to your decor.
Location: Spring temperatures are perfect for an outdoor wedding in a blooming garden. Guests can comfortably enjoy an outdoor ceremony or reception because the weather is not too hot and not too cold.
Take advantage of the natural landscape, which can often provide the most beautiful backdrop for your wedding. This eco-friendly choice allows you to cut back on buying artificial decorations or importing flowers (added bonus--this helps trim the wedding budget, too!) Food: It is easy to use fresh and local produce during the spring months because fruits and vegetables are ripe and recipe ready. Work with your caterer to incorporate local produce in your menu.
Favors: Give your guests some eco-chic spring inspiration to take home with them. Since it's planting season, seed packets or other plantable gifts are great spring favor choices. For engaged couples with a green thumb, a fun pre-wedding activity can be planting small potted plants or flowers in the weeks leading up to the wedding. The growing plants can do double duty as colorful table centerpieces during the reception, and then as a take-home for guests to plant in their yard, creating a lasting remembrance of your wedding day.
Flower centerpieces: Kris Holland Photography
Wedding ceremony: Aisha Harley
Salad: Frederick Ng Photography
Favors: Plant a Memory
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.