Today is Blog Action Day so I thought I would write a little about ways to have an environmentally friendly party. Millions of bloggers will write today in hopes of making a difference.
The easiest things to do start at home - change out your light bulbs to be more efficient, use more soy candles, put dimmers in most rooms and turn the lights out when you leave the room. This also translates to your parties:
For your dinner parties set the mood with candle light, for weddings dim the big ballroom chandelier lights. Want flowers down the aisle of your outdoor wedding: use potted plants that you can replant at home. Centerpiece ideas- mix flowers and locally grown produce. Put small containers of herbs that your guests can then take home - double duty as favors. Reuse items you have around the house instead of buying new. Take roses from your rose garden to set at the place settings during your intimate dinner party.
Enjoy the great outdoors and the perfect weather - have a spring or early fall wedding so you cut down on air conditioning. If you have your ceremony and reception at the same venue - this cuts down on the carbon emissions from cars.
And a few other things: Consider using recycled paper for your invitations. Consider wearing your mothers dress or using her veil as part of your wedding day attire. Reuse items, borrow from a friend.
If this whole making your wedding green thing overwhelms you more then regular wedding planning, its ok, just do what you can. Think of some of the little ways you can make a difference.