Green Weddings for Eco-Conscious Brides

July 19, 2010

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You may have noticed the buzz growing about “green” weddings. By now you probably know that Nashville Wraps has plenty of beautiful eco-friendly wedding gift wrap and pretty bags to put gifts in. But we’ve also got lots of eco-friendly wedding favor packaging AND great ideas for using it! Here are just a few – make sure to post your own creative ideas for using Nashville Wraps packaging for green weddings!

Give each guest a flower bulb tucked into a 100% recycled kraft box and tie the knot with paper raffia. Or go all-out and have your monogram printed on the box, or tie it up with pretty custom printed ribbon. What about birdseed to toss as the bride and groom leave, wrapped in tulle and tied with a pretty, 100% recycled ribbon? Each guest could pick up a Sinamay bag filled with sunflower seeds to toss or take home and plant. A packet of flower seed tucked into one of our 100% recycled Gift Card Folders would be nice – or how about placecards made from our 30% recycled envelopes with Forget-me-not seeds inside. Include a little note on the card that says “Remember us when you see these flowers”.

Gable boxes or Bio Pak takeout boxes are wonderful filled with treats for out of town guests. These boxes are FDA approved for direct food contact, and all designs are made from 100% recycled boxboard.

A truffle box filled with a chocolate bonbon at each person’s place at the reception would be thoughtful. These pretty little boxes are made in the USA of 100% recycled cardboard with 90% post-consumer waste.

And don’t forget the ribbons! Nashville Wraps offers many natural and recycled ribbons.

Here are a few other suggestions for beautiful, eco-friendly wedding favor packaging: Jute drawstring bags, Cogon grass gourmet bags, biodegradable square bottom cello bags for your candy table, 100% recycled jewelry boxes, Cacao Paper Window Boxes and Artisan crafted Coconut Reusable Decorative Accessories.

Outside of packaging, I found a few ideas I couldn’t resist passing along. I love the idea of a butterfly release! There are several sites where you can purchase live butterflies for this purpose. One of our favorites is Swallowtail Farms. What about releasing love birds? They are actually homing pigeons that know exactly how to find their way home once the thrill of the release is over for you and your guests. Type in “love bird release” plus your state name in a Google search to find one near you. I also found this planetgreen.com blog post with even more tips for going green for your wedding.

I’ll leave you with the funniest and maybe the best green tip I found in my research. The groom rode up to the reception on a fuel-efficient white horse and whisked his bride away for the honeymoon! I really hope she was warned ahead of time – that might be one too many thrills for the day if not! Maybe a horse and carriage with a professional driver would be safer.

Kathy Green
Packaging Consultant
NashvilleWraps.com

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Kathy works with the Nashville Wraps’ Marketing Team as a packaging consultant and photo stylist. She is also a Master Gardener and enjoys her greenhouse and garden, three spoiled dogs, hubby and grandkids in her spare time. She also loves any kind of craft and spends rainy days in the art studio she shares with her creative husband, Bill.

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Valerie Peli July 20, 2010 at 8:19 am

What perfect timing for these ideas. I am maid-of-honor in my friend’s wedding this September and she has asked me to do the favors for the wedding. I prefer eco-friendly packaging so now I have some great ideas to think about. Perfect!

Organic Nest October 4, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Organic Nest loves Nashville Wraps eco- friendly gift wraps. Brides, when planning your wedding, why not create an Organic Bridal and/or Baby Registry here at Organic Nest. We are happy to assist you in creating a healthy, organic bedroom. Organic Nest offers luxury organic mattresses, modern prints and classic design sheets, pillows, pads, and organic spa robes. Speaking of robes, may we suggest monogrammed organic robes for your bridesmaids gifts.

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