I recently attended the wedding of two of my dearest friends. It was held in the garden of the bride's parents home, and while it was not actually "green" themed, the bride and groom's efforts to make ethical choices in their daily lives were reflected in the wedding. From a delicious vegan feast to live herbs as centerpieces, the event was beautiful, inspiring, and green!
This wedding was true to the bride and groom, and really captured what weddings should be all about: love. And not just love in the matrimonial sense, but the love that goes into baking 21 batches of a vegan cake in regular home kitchen as done by a close friend, or the love that goes into hand-binding the guest book as done by the groom's sister. These are just a couple examples of the many, many contributions of people who showed their love for the couple by giving what they could to make this into a perfect event.
It was truly refreshing to go back to basics with an event that pulled a community of people together to create a stunning event with simple DIY green elements. Green highlights of the wedding include:
Handmade: the guestbook and backdrop for the head table are just a couple of examples of handmade wedding elements.
Vegan Menu: the caterer jumped the at the challenge of creating a fantastic and varied vegan menu, which is not an easy task since a lot of people still pretty much picture vegan food as plain gray tofu. With a variety of options that included Indian food, pasta, and salads, there was not one complaint about the lack of meat. The homemade wedding cake also won many over. Rich and moist, it's unlikely anyone would have known it was vegan had they not been told.
Something Borrowed: a vibrant candy color scheme allowed for a variety of colors on the tables, therefore the cloth napkins could be borrowed from friends and relatives.
Something Recycled & Recyclable: for months in advance recyclable glass jars were collected to use as tealight candle holders that were scattered around the garden and house.
Living Centerpieces: live potted herb plants in tin containers made pretty centerpieces and will be enjoyed and eaten for months after the wedding.