Green Wedding Ideas For Planning An Eco-Friendly Wedding In Albany!

Looking for 'green' wedding ideas so you can go eco friendly on your big day? Check out these creative options for planning a truly 'green' wedding in Albany!

Wedding Invitations & Stationery

  • Opt for recycled paper or paper alternatives (bamboo, hemp, banana stalks, cotton)
  • Skip the double envelope tradition, and use a postcard for your save-the-date
  • Use virtual invitations, or create a wedding website for guests to reference

Bridal Attire

  • Wear a secondhand gown (altered to fit your style and body)
  • Donate your gown after the wedding
  • Choose a gown you will wear again

Accessories

  • Buy a conflict-free diamond wedding band (ask for it at the jeweler!)
  • Choose vintage wedding bands
  • Melt down an old piece of jewelry to create a new ring
  • Borrow headpieces, necklaces and other jewelry from Mom, sisters and friends

Ceremony & Reception

  • Hold your ceremony and reception at the same location to avoid wasteful travel and decorating
  • Choose an LEED-certified space, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (tip: search for businesses here: www.usgbc.org)
  • Buy potted flowers from a local nursery to double as decorations and wedding favors
  • Opt for organic wine and beer selections
  • Use beeswax candles or soy-based candles in place of those made with petroleum
  • Donate any extra food to a homeless shelter

Gifts

  • Create a registry where your guests can donate to a charity rather than buying gifts
  • Request that related guests give combined cards rather than several individual ones

Honeymoon

  • Don’t travel too far
  • Take a train
  • Opt for a green resort
  • Go camping

Once you've got your green wedding game plan set, you can start looking at Albany reception venues and other wedding vendors in the Capital Region.

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