Yesterday was Earth Day (22 April). I wouldn’t brag about being a green person looking at the amount of earth-damage I contributed in my wedding alone. The most-used element in my wedding is paper. I have to confess. I love paper, a lot. I love stationery since I was young. The main element of my outdoor decoration is paper. I bought almost all aqua paper from Popular to do the paper rosettes and envelope liners.
and the tiffany boxes..
Well at least our letterpress invitation is made of 100% cotton paper (that is why.. they cost a bomb!)
We still have a menu for each person and displays for guest signing.
At least we try to redeem ourselves by designing them neatly so the guests won’t throw it away right after the party (or I hope so).
For the eco-bride, here are some tips from our friend at National Parks Singapore :
- Hold your wedding in a park or garden
- Use single layer invitation cards printed on recycled paper, treeless paper made from bamboo or other materials, or better yet, use e-invitations to reduce paper wastage
- If using disposable tableware, choose biodegradable products
- Encourage your guests to car-pool or van-pool
- Choose a caterer that is familiar with the venue to avoid any damage to the site during their setup or teardown
- Select wedding favors that are useful for your guests to minimise throwaways
- Consider using pre-owned items (e.g. wedding gown, decorations) for your wedding
- Decorate your wedding venue with potted plants that you can use again to decorate your home instead of fresh cut flowers where possible
- Source for local flowers and plants to decorate the wedding venue to minimise resources used in transporting them
- Setup a gift registry to minimise unwanted gifts
- Let your guests know to avoid giving congratulatory cards but instead sign their best wishes on your wedding guestbook.
- Request for guests to donate towards an environmental cause
- Request for cleaners at the venue to separate recyclable items from those that are not and dispose them accordingly
- Avoid shark’s fin in your menu
- Avoid the use of confetti