Wedding Planning

Have a Picnic Reception!

Have a Picnic Reception!


Picnic style weddings are all about a consistent casual disposition that makes your guests want to kick their shoes off, relax and have a good time. Adding sustainable and eco-friendly elements to your outdoor picnic wedding is simple: try eco-friendly charcoal, an organic menu, reusable flatware, and biodegradable materials when possible.





Ensure your guests a comfortable atmosphere for your special day from the start by sending whimsical Mason jar invitations.


These charming cards by Forever Fiancés feature a traditional jar with little purple hearts floating away from it on a cream background. Forever Fiancés prints their signature paper on 100 percent post-consumer waste material and they are seeded, meaning the cards are plantable and will bloom into beautiful wildflowers!





About 100 billion disposable cups are shipped off to U.S. landfills annually, only to sit for upwards of 500 years before they begin to decompose. Most of these cups are not BPA free and cause health problems in adults and children alike.


Be a part of the solution to this nationwide problem by using reusable and eco-friendly flatware at your wedding. These durable yet lightweight dishes, cups, bowls and cutlery are made from 100 percent recycled material and are completely BPA free.


Having a picnic or barbecue wedding reception allows your guests to unwind and loosen up in a breezy outdoor atmosphere. Offering alternative seating is a fun and simple way to encourage your guests to explore your venue a little more than they would simply sitting in chairs at numbered tables.




Set up hay bales or scatter blankets across the grass with games and hors d’oeurves to help your guests break the ice after the ceremony. Consider tossing a patterned sheet around a hay bale or on the ground to make it more comfortable for your guests to sit. Wellfleet creates beautiful, fair trade linens that will blend in perfectly with your picnic wedding!


A lot of wedding favors get tossed after the reception, it’s inevitable. Instead of handing out little gifts that will be thrown away, give your guests a practical, eco-friendly favor they can use.







Organic raw honey in glass jars is the perfect favor for a picnic-themed soiree. This sweet treat can be used to sweeten practically anything from lemonade, to tea, to baked goods! Honey Tea Thyme creates unique flavors or organic raw honey like cinnamon, wild berry and ginger.


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 to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change while supporting the local green economy.