Wedding couple at Algonquin Park, ON (Photo by Kevin Steingard, Steingard Photography Barrie)

Wedding couple at Algonquin Park, ON (Photo by Kevin Steingard, Steingard Photography Barrie)

Green Wedding Tips

Wedding couple at Algonquin Park, ON (Photo by Kevin Steingard, Steingard Photography Barrie)

Wedding couple at Algonquin Park, ON (Photo by Kevin Steingard, Steingard Photography Barrie)

There are lots of ways to green your wedding. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Ask your guests for charitable donations to NCC as a wedding gift! Many couples tying the knot already live together and don’t need the typical housing start-up gifts that were once common. Why not ask your guests to donate to NCC
  • Instead of traditional wedding favours, make a tribute gift to NCC in your guests’ honour - This favour will ensure that sensitive habitat is conserved forever, giving your guests a sense of pride and reminding them how important it is to take care of our environment. This tribute gift is waste-free and has a positive ecological footprint.
  • Use native flowers in bouquets and on tables – this reduces the transportation and environmental costs of exotic flowers and supports local growers. 
  • Use local, organic food for your wedding celebration – this reduces the overall environmental impact and supports local farmers.
  • Serve local and organic wine and beer – this supports local wineries and micro-breweries. 
  • Rent – so much can be rented from vases to accessories, washable cutlery and dishes, to suits and gowns, including the bride’s dress. This avoids waste and keeps costs lower. 
  • Dresses – If renting doesn’t appeal, consider a vintage or pre-owned dress and ask your bridesmaids to wear a favorite from their own closet.
  • Invitations – Choose your paper from sustainable sources like treeless or recycled paper, or reduce costs and waste considerably by sending Evites.
  • Venue – Choose a central location so guest travel is cut down and consider having the ceremony and reception at the same venue. 

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