I just love ‘green weddings,’ (and not just because I’m married to an environmentalist!). Green weddings are ecologically friendly, and there are many ways to have a green wedding without compromising the look you want. You don’t have to all green to be Earth friendly, just try where you can.
One thing you can do is to use recycled paper for your invitations. Minted has a HUGE collection (37 pages of them) in pretty much any style you could ever want. Another easy way to go green is find catering companies that use local growers and locally produced food. This not only tastes better, but it cuts down on your carbon footprint. If you can stretch your budget a bit, you can also buy carbon offsets to ‘make up for’ the wedding related expenditures that you just couldn’t go green on. If you don’t have a rock on your finger yet consider asking your man to purchase a conflict free diamond like diamonds mined in peaceful Canada or Australia, or those from Brilliant Earth, Cred Jewellery, or Leber Jewelry’s Earthwise line. Look for diamonds certified as “conflict-free” under the Kimberley Process, an ongoing effort to reform diamond mining in Africa (ask your jeweler the questions in Amnesty International’s buyer’s guide) or for true one-of-a-kind green brides, consider wooden bands. Other ways to go green include wearing a gorgeous help-silk or vintage wedding gown, asking guests to donate to Earth friendly charities instead of giving you things you already have or don’t need, and using living plants as centerpieces and decor and giving them to guests afterwards as wedding favors. My favorite living plant wedding centerpieces are herbs. Who wouldn’t want a little herb plant to get their herb garden started?
Herb Guide from Epicurious…
1. Cilantro: You either love cilantro or hate it. Its leaves look like flat-leaf parsley’s, but note the smaller leaves and lankier stem. Cilantro’s flavor is described by some as bright and citrusy, and as soapy by others.
2. Mint: In the United States, the two most widely available varieties of mint are peppermint and spearmint. Peppermint has a strong, cooling aftertaste due to the high concentration of menthol; spearmint is lighter and sweeter to the palate
3. Parsley: Generally speaking, flat parsley has a peppery bite whereas the curly kind is relatively bland.
4. Dill: Dill elicits strong reactions: Some describe the flavor as clean and grassy, while others dislike it for being tangy and earthy
5. Basil: The leaves of the purple basil tend to be smaller, and while both kinds of basil share a similar flavor profile—peppery and minty with a touch of sweetness—sweet basil is relatively sweeter than its purple counterpart.
6. Oregano: Oregano’s hint of sweetness combined with some spiciness adds warmth to any dish.
7. Rosemary: Rosemary has a strong, even pungent, pinelike fragrance and flavor.
8. Chives: Related to onions and other bulb vegetables, this herb looks a lot like lawn grass. Its deep-green hollow stems lend a refreshingly light oniony taste, which helps cut down on the heaviness of rich foods.
9. Sage: This plant’s light gray-green leaves are soft and fuzzy, and its taste ranges from mild to slightly peppery with some touches of mint.
10. Savory: There are two varieties of savory: winter savory (pictured here) and summer savory. In general, savory has a peppery flavor, although winter savory is more pungent and stronger flavored than the summer variety.
11. Thyme: The tiny leaves on this low-growing woody plant work best in tandem with other herbs and spices such as basil, sage, and lavender.
12. Tarragon: Tarragon’s glossy, long, tapered leaves impart a delicate anise flavor (like licorice and fennel) that is more sweet than strong.
13. Marjoram: This herb is often mistaken for its relative oregano when judged solely on its looks, but marjoram’s grassy, lemony taste proves to be the sweeter of the two.
Lemon Balm Herb Wedding Favor found here.