guide to green weddings 
wedding dress and bouquet wedding ring and married couple 

Weddings mark one of the most important days in our lives, but for many, it also marks one of the most expensive. In addition to your pocketbook, weddings can also be hard on the earth. Planning a wedding that fits your budget—but doesn't compromise on your environmental values—doesn't have to be difficult. Find inspiration and resources below, from picking a healthy wedding dress to planning a less-wasteful reception.

Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Natural Nuptials: Eco-Friendly Weddings 

Plan an eco-friendly wedding with these green tips from Michelle Kozin's Organic Weddings: Balancing Ecology, Style and Tradition.

How to Have an Eco-Fabulous Wedding 

Your wedding will mean more—to you, your community and to the earth—if you put extra effort and creativity into making it a green event.

Easy Tips to Plan a Green, Earth-Friendly Wedding: To Love, Honor and Cherish the Earth 

A couple celebrates their union in keeping with their values.


Sustainable, Local, Pesticide-Free Flowers: The Bride Carried Green 

Locally grown, organic blossoms speak of your love for one another and your love for the earth.

Choose Organic Flowers 

Conventional flowers can harbor pesticide residue. For your wedding, pass over the pesticides for organically grown blossoms.

Flower Fixes: How to Keep Flowers Fresh 

Keep your bouquets beautiful for the big day with these tips!


Homemade Invitations with Block Printing 

To save money and impress guests, try making homemade invitations using DIY block printing.

Wedding Story

Natural Home's Editor Jessica Kellner encountered many obstacles on her way to planning a green wedding. Learn from her trials and benefit from her searches for local flowers, eco-friendly bridesmaid dresses, biodegradable dishware, sustainable wedding decorations and more.

Wedding Tradition Versus Eco 

Jessica talks about abandoning conventional wedding traditions in favor of saving money and resources, creating a more sustainable wedding.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Resources 

Jessica shares her running list of eco-friendly, green and sustainable wedding items, including dresses, invitations, flowers and more.

Finding Eco-Friendly Engagement and Wedding Rings 

Jessica searches for eco-friendly engagement and wedding rings and explores a variety of sustainable options, including conflict-free diamonds, recycled diamonds, recycled gold, recycled jewelry, alternative wedding rings, Canadian diamonds and cultured diamonds.

Reception and Decorations

Handmade, Vintage and Secondhand Wedding Décor 

Jessica discusses the eco-profile of soy candles, recycled glassware, recycled-content paper and vintage and handmade wedding decor.

Biodegradable Wedding Reception 

Jessica explains how she achieved an entirely biodegradable wedding reception with bamboo disposable plates, biodegradable plastic cups and soy candles.

Easy, Eco-Friendly Wedding Tabletop Decoration Project 

Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.

Wedding Dishware: Biodegradable Cups, Sustainable Disposable Plates 

Jessica provides resources for biodegradable cups and sustainable bamboo plates for her green outdoor wedding.


Battle of the Bridesmaids Dresses 

Jessica discusses her difficulty in locating eco-friendly bridesmaid dresses made from sustainable materials.

The Hunt for an Eco-Friendly Wedding Dress 

Jessica discusses her hunt for an eco-friendly wedding gown and explores options from handmade wedding dresses to high-end, couture eco-friendly wedding fashions.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses Part 1: Adele Wechsler, Flora 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses Part 2: Adele Wechsler, Sunshine 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses Part 3: Adele Wechsler, Magnolia 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses Part 4: Adele Wechsler, Sierra 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses Part 5: Lea-Ann Belter, Sabrina 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses Part 6: Puridee, Rebecca 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses Part 7: Puridee, Sarah 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dress Part 8: Puridee, Danielle 

The Grand Finale

Post-Wedding: Sneak Peek 

Jessica offers a sneak peek of her biodegradable wedding, which featured recycled glassware, handmade decor, recycled paper table runners, biodegradable plates and cups and soy candles.

More Resources and Ideas

Want more ideas and tips? Check out this blog series on eco-friendly weddings from our sister publication Mother Earth News.

Green Engagement Rings and Green Wedding Rings 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitations and Paper Products 

Green Transportation for the Big Day 

Green Wedding Venues 

Eco Wedding Dresses 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Decorations 

Environmentally-Friendly Wedding Food Ideas 

Green Wedding Gifts and Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors 


Image credits (clockwise): Photo By Geekly/Courtesy Flickr; Photo By Lindley Ashline/Courtesy Flickr; Photo By Claudio Perez Vidal/Courtesy Flickr. 

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