How To: Give Green Wedding Gifts

How To: Give Green Wedding Gifts

Stephanie Kinnear
Jun 25, 2009

A glance at the calendar and we know one thing for certain: It's wedding season. We've got weddings lined up from now til September — and that means we have a lot of wedding gifts to buy. We're trying to be as green as we can in our gift-giving. Here are a few of our strategies (after the jump) please share yours!

1. Check and see if the couple is registered with a "green" retailer
We're noticing that more and more of our eco-friendly friends are finding ways to register with retailers that offer green products for the home. The couple getting married this weekend is registered with Gaiam. We've also seen a number of couples choose Heath Ceramics for all their table needs (it's a little pricey, but worth it, right?). And, just recently, we saw that Re:modern has a registry.

2. Pitch in for the honeymoon
Friends of ours getting married in September have signed up with a registry (thehoneymoon.com) that allows guests to help out with some of the costs of the honeymoon. This is a good way to give something experiential rather than something that may or may not end up becoming disposable. (We're thinking of getting them a nice dinner in Bali.)

3. Stick with the registry
If neither of the above options present themselves, just be sure that you get the couple something from the registry. Go off the registry and you run the chance of getting them something they don't want and will never use — which is pretty much the least green thing you could do.

Any other ideas on green wedding gift giving?

Image: Heath Ceramics

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