Thursday, March 5, 2009

Impact Tip - Planning a shower?

So I have heard that April is THE month to have a wedding shower and that means the planning must be underway! This idea came to me as a spin off of my own green baby shower that is scheduled for April :) I found some great information at Green Living Ideas as well as some things my mom and sister are doing for my shower that can be easily modified to weddings instead of baby.

Here are some ideas to customize your wedding shower to reflect your eco-friendly lifestyle.

- Use evite invitations, you can customize them and save the paper and shipping. For those invitees that don't have email access, send them an invitation printed on recycled paper.

- Avoid all that plastic decor and create a more cozy feel by just adding some organic flowers around the home and on the tables. Try Whole Foods or order from Organic Bouquet.

- Use cloth napkins, silverware, and dishes that you own or collect from a friend. If you have to use disposables try bamboo from Branch or bagasse made from sugar from Eco-Wise.

Here's a photo of each courtesy of Branch's site.

- Food is such an important part of any eco-event. Choose organic and free trade food from your local organic grocer to serve to your guests. If you are planning on ordering a cake, try the Bleeding Heart Bakery, they have some really unique cakes!

- For gifts, ask your guests to bring their gifts in reused grocery bags that the new couple can use for their groceries or wrap it in old newspaper or paper grocery bags.

- For favors, give your guests something they can consume (my favorite type :) like organic chocolate, coffee and teas.

- Pick out a nice thank you card made from recycled paper to thank your guests!

Then send me some photos and I will put them on the blog :) Have fun!

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