By Steph Fleetman
Eco-conscious couples everywhere are in search of inventive new ways to host their dream wedding, while simultaneously preserving our planet. Whether you’re a caterer, own a wedding venue, or are planning your own wedding, you've undoubtedly noticed the "green" phenomenon that's sweeping the globe, and you're most likely looking for ways to keep up with the times.
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Pick Your Seat
- 1. Something Old. Reuse Grandma's old picture frames to add a personal touch to your tables. Write on the glass with dry erase markers to guide guests in finding their escort cards.
- 2. Kraft Craft. Cut recycled Kraft paper into simple leaf shapes and write your guests names and table numbers onto them with an eco-friendly pen. Use these tags to then make your apple escort cards, shown in Picture 3.
- 3. Apple or Escort Card? At one end of each leaf (from Picture 2), punch a small hole and thread a piece of natural raffia ribbon through. Tie this tag to the stem of an apple for an edible escort card. Apples are great to use as table seating because guests will be able to eat them later instead of throwing out disposable seating assignments.
Keep local orchards financially stable and help preserve their land by buying locally grown apples for this craft. Buying local also helps cut down on gas emissions used to transport produce from other regions and will support the local economy. A victory all around!
- 1. Something New. One of the hottest new trends to hit the market today involves serving beverages in a vessel that just so happens to have the rustic appeal that this wedding theme is going for – mason jars! Fill them with local apple cider, hard or otherwise, and accent with a strand of natural raffia ribbon for a look that literally ties together your theme.
- 2. Back to the Basics. When selecting the wedding venue, consider incorporating a part of the past. An old barn-turned-venue is a great idea if going for a carefree country look. Additionally, a local venue (like the barn pictured above) is an ideal option since your guests don’t have to travel far.
Setting up a cider station outside of the venue (near the entrance) is perfect for incorporating a classic autumn beverage for guests to enjoy while mix-n-mingling prior to the reception. Tie in elements from the outdoors with a bouquet of fresh-cut wheat and an array of apples (again, buy local). A recycled glass cold beverage dispenser brings modern style to the table for an updated look on an old classic.
- 3. Trash to Treasure. Upcycle an empty aluminum can by wrapping a generous amount of natural raffia ribbon around it and tying it into a bow in the front. Then fill the decorative container with eco-friendly straws for guests to use in their cold cider.
- 4. Fuel Up. Encourage your guests to warm up to each other while warming up with a glass of hot apple cider. To keep your "green" theme going, accent a traditional metal hot coffee urn with natural raffia ribbon and a recycled paper nameplate. Keep the cider hot with “green” chafer fuel and offer irish mugs to fill with the cider. Provide cinnamon sticks for the ultimate flavor of fall.
- 1. Cake, Schmake. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, opt for a unique dessert table that gives your guests plenty of variety, without sacrificing the "green" theme. Serve individual apple crisps baked in Kraft bake cups that are made with recyclable and renewable materials. If you'd like to give your guests the option to take their dessert with them, bake apple bread and wrap it in EcoCraft deli wrap that’s made from soy-blended eco-wax (which reduces dependence on petroleum). Secure with natural raffia ribbon to keep paper in place.
- 2. Piled High. Add dimension to your dessert table by stacking galvanized metal tubs on top of one another to create an attractive display piece for fresh apples. Who said apples were just for escort cards, anyway?
- 3. For The Love of Logs. For a twist on the traditional cake pop, try caramel apple pops. Start by using a melon baller to scoop out nice, round pieces from an apple (these are your mini apples now). Next, attach each mini apple to a bamboo skewer. Dip in caramel apple dip and sprinkle with granulated peanuts .
- 4. Something Borrowed. Borrow your cutlery from Mother Nature by incorporating biodegradable and compostable wooden forks as the cutlery of choice at your dessert table. These forks will eventually break down and degrade back into the earth.
For a display piece that really brings the outdoors in, drill small holes in mesquite wood logs and place the bamboo-skewer-end of your caramel apple pops into the holes. Reuse the wood later when needed for wood burning ovens or smokehouses.
- 1. Explore. Like we mentioned earlier, holding your wedding at a local venue is great for going "green", especially if you already have the majority of guests in the area. The closer they are, the less gas emissions from traveling that they’ll produce. Get out there and explore your local community – you'd be surprised what you can find just in your own backyard.
Once you have the location set, decor is everything. Go "green" by repurposing old linens into chair covers. Drape over the back of your chairs, add a seasonal flower, and secure with natural raffia ribbon.
- 2. Set The Stage. Combining the convenience of disposability with the "greenness" of bamboo, this place setting puts both biodegradable bamboo plates and biodegradable cutlery at center stage. Add a burst of color with a napkin made out of material made right here in the U.S.A. Recycled Kraft paper cut into a fall leaf shape and written on with your guests' names makes for a perfect place card when attached to your napkin with natural raffia ribbon. To add a more formal flair, a white china plate beneath your place setting gives your table an elegant, upscale look.
- 3. Something Blue. Keeping with tradition, every wedding needs something blue, and for this essential wedding element, fold a polyspun fabric table cover in half several times to serve as a runner for the guest tables. Add a few green table lamps, and homemade apple candles with tea light inserts for a unique lighting setup.
To create apple candles, simply drill a hole into fresh apples that is equal to the diameter and height of your tea light, insert tea lights, and light. Voilà! These candles will even float in water - check out a detailed shot of the bobbing apple candles floating in a galvanized tub, in the cover photo for this post.
- 4. All Wrapped Up. Upcycle the # 10 can from the caramel apple dip you used earlier, as part of your centerpiece. Wrap it in any material you like, add a festive bow, spray paint it with eco-friendly paint, or just leave it as is. Fill your can with potted plants, instead of fresh cut flowers, so that guests can take the centerpieces home and reuse the plants all season long.