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Organic Wedding Myths

By February 20, 2024 No Comments
Organic wedding table decorations and candles

Once you decide to go green on your big day, you may encounter some raised eyebrows. Weddings are teeming with tradition and, in comparison, going organic is fairly new. There are a few myths swirling around that a sustainable wedding requires some sort of sacrifice but nothing could be further from the truth. Many of the most beautiful weddings on the planet have been organic weddings.

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Organic Wedding Myth 1: You can’t have decorations at an organic wedding

Chandelier and flowers

This statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Organic weddings tend to have the most beautiful decorations of all. One bride made her outdoor evening wedding extra special, and organic, by having a local farmers’ market vendor create beeswax candles, with cotton wicks, scented with lavender oil, and used them as her centerpieces.

Another very popular trend is the use of succulents as organic wedding decor. These tiny plants are beautiful and oh-so-sustainable. Purchase some planters from a local artist or browse local thrift stores for unique containers, layer gravel, and cactus soil, place succulents in an aesthetically pleasing design and the result is a stunning and organic centerpiece.

More often than not, organic weddings take place in beautiful venues. If you choose to say your vows on the beach or at a botanical garden, you can let the natural beauty of your surroundings serve as the main décor.

Organic Wedding Myth 2: All the sustainable wedding dresses are ugly

Girl wearing wedding dress and holding flowers

The conscientious bride, just like all brides, wants to find the perfect wedding dress. The wedding gown will make her feel gorgeous, comfortable, and special. If you have been told you will have to sacrifice style for ethics, you have been told wrong. There are countless fair trade wedding dress options and many of them are straight off the runway.

A fair-trade wedding dress is guaranteed to be made without the use of child labor or indentured employment by an eco-friendly company that uses natural fabrics and handmade embellishments. Celia Grace designs stunning fair trade bridal gowns and offers a Home Try-On service on their website. Leanne Marshall, of Project Runway fame, has a line of gorgeous eco-friendly wedding dresses. If you love and want to get married in the softest, most romantic dress ever made, check out Tara Lynn’s line of hemp and silk gowns.

Organic Wedding Myth 3: Organic beer and wine are too expensive

wine and beer toast

There may have been some truth to this statement ten years ago but you, my friend, are living in the green ages. Craft breweries all across the nation are going organic. Eel River Brewing Company in northern California has an entire line of organic beers, all of them available at a lower price point in kegs. Peak Brewing Company, located in Maine, makes nothing but organic brews, all of them priced comparably to other craft brewing companies.

To find affordable organic wines for your wedding, you needn’t look any further than your local Costco, Sam’s Club, or Trader Joes. Organic wines are priced as low as $4.99 per bottle, often with bulk discounts. Be sure to set up a recycling station for your bartenders or consider repurposing the bottles into lamps. If you want to further cut down your carbon footprint, a few great-tasting boxed wines are available, such as Badger Mountain or Bota Box.

Organic Wedding Myth 4: You can’t give away wedding favors because it’s wasteful

wedding favor boxes with Thankyou heart card

Untrue. You do not want to hand out plastic packages of stale Jordan Almonds but, good news, no one wants those anyway. Instead, make a bulk order of organic coffee beans from your local roaster. Package them in small mason jars and send your guests home with a treat they will truly appreciate.

Want to cut down on tangibles? Follow the wedding trend of giving back as a wedding favor. Set up baskets marked with your favorite charities, give each guest a wood token to write their name and best wishes on, and have them place the token in the charity basket of their choice. Donate a dollar for every token received and use them as keepsakes in place of a guest book.

Organic Wedding Myth 5: The food is going to be boring

Wedding food fried rice and dishes

In a world of GMOs and pre-packaged foods, some people tend to fear natural, organic fare. Dazzle doubting guests with a delicious and gorgeously presented dinner. Careful cultivation results in the superior taste and vibrant colors of organic food. If you cannot find an organic caterer, let your catering company know you prefer to serve organic food and sustainable fish. They can easily make your menu organic and GMO-free, without compromising taste or presentation.

Organic Wedding Myth 6: You can’t have a diamond

Diamond Ring with red clothing background

If you think diamonds are outdated and prefer to rock a sapphire or ruby, that is a beautiful choice but, if you believe diamonds are a girl’s best friend, you can have your bling and keep your wedding ethical too. Brilliant Earth, Bario-Neal, and Andrea Bonelli all use ethically sourced diamonds and source reclaimed precious metals. Furthermore, their designs are as stunning, if not more so, as non-sustainable designers.

Organic Wedding Myth 7: You can’t have a Champagne toast

Bride and groom doing champagne toast

People are walking among us who are unaware that bubbly has gone organic. You can have your toast and stay committed to your sustainable wedding goals. Sparkling wines from all over the spectrum are available in organic form. If you are looking for high-end bubbly, check out Fleury Organic Champagne, the first vineyard in Champagne, France to go organic. If you want sparkling wine for the masses, Korbel’s infamous Brut is available in organic.

Myth 8: Why can’t the groom see his Bride before the Wedding?

Groom Cant see the bride before wedding

Then why can’t the groom see the bride before the special day? When arranged weddings were common, engaged people weren’t allowed to see each other before the wedding, which is where this myth comes from. Marriage was more of a business deal between two families back then.

People do this to protect the bride and her family in case the groom sees the bride before the wedding and decides not to go through with it because he doesn’t like how she looks. The bride’s thick veil hides her face until the wedding, preventing the groom from backing out. It’s not very romantic, is it?

Is showing off your wedding dress still bad luck? They don’t happen as often as they used to, but most women still want the element of surprise. Even though the pair chooses to get married, the ceremony is more exciting and memorable when the bride wears a veil and no one sees her before the wedding.

Myth 9: Getting the Bride’s Bouquet or Garter Means Marriage Next

Bride throwing her bouquet of flowers to the bridesmaid

In the Middle Ages, getting a piece of the bride’s clothes was thought to bring good luck. Gusts would often follow the newlyweds into their room and tear the bride’s dress.

Brides threw bouquets to distract and escape the crowd, saving their dresses. The groom traditionally removes the bride’s garter and tosses it to the crowd after they enter their room.

They are paired up so that the bridesmaids catch the bouquet and the guys catch the garter. Putting the band on the leg of the single woman by the lucky groomsman means that they will be the next couple to get married, but not necessarily to each other. However, many couples choose not to follow this custom because it could make them look bad.

Myth 10: Saving the top layer of the Wedding Cake for the First Anniversary

Top of the Wedding Cake with bride and groom figurine

Do you want some weird beliefs about wedding cakes? A lot of people who got married soon after found out they were going to have a baby. As a result, wedding and christening traditions were often linked, and cakes were baked for both events. In the 1800s, when wedding cakes with more than one level became popular, this myth spread.

Typically, the largest tier of the wedding cake would often go uneaten due to its size. During this time, couples started to use the christening as the right event to end the cake. The bottom tier of a three-tiered cake is eaten at the wedding, the middle tier is shared, and the top tier is saved for the birthday party.

Today, people no longer associate christenings and weddings, and the significance of keeping the top tier has changed. People now save the top piece of their wedding cake for their first anniversary to remember the big day. That doesn’t sound very tasty, does it? Couples often have the top layers of their wedding cake remade for their anniversary by the same bakers.

Take a deep breath and know that your organic wedding is going to be beautiful, ethical, and the best day of your life. Cheers!

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Rebecca B. Lawrence

About Rebecca B. Lawrence

Rebbeca has been writing about weddings, jewelry, and fashion for years. Her favorite place to hang out, aside from this website, is Pinterest. She loves Art Deco Jewelry, beach-themed weddings, and anything related to the British Royal Family.