It’s actually very difficult – but by no means impossible – to make a wedding 100% organic, as there are likely to be elements that you have little or no control over, but it’s also pretty easy to go a long way to being as organic as is practical, when organising the day.
Organic products are very common both online and in stores these days, so flowers and food should really be a given as the starting point for an organic wedding. Sources are relatively easy to check, and any supplier should be able to provide proof of origin. Check to make sure your caterer and florist know your requirements for organic produce, as it may not be their default method of provision, even though they advertise organic wares.
Past the food and flowers, things get a little trickier, and depend on how far you want to take the subject of “organic”.
For example, if the groom wears leather shoes, does that kill the idea of an organic wedding? Well, no. A 100% organic wedding is no small feat, even with the best will in the world, but it will still qualify as organic if the major elements comply with accepted organic practises.
If the suits worn by the groom, his best man and groomsmen are rented it’s unlikely that they will be organic, and grass skirts and bare feet aren’t the best option for a January wedding in Wisconsin, so some compromises are inevitable. The bride’s dress may offer more options, as organic fabrics and the designers that use them can be sourced reasonably easily.
Invitations, name cards for the place settings, the order of service, the menu, favors and a whole bunch of other “accessories” are a different matter, however. They are easily made organic by the use of unbleached card and paper or other embellishments, again easily sourced from many suppliers.
You can look for a cake maker who uses (or will use) organic ingredients, use organic make-up and encourage the Maid of Honor and bridesmaids to do the same.
The location might also be important. If not a church wedding, how far does the venue go towards providing organic options, and what are its policies on things like the use of organic pesticides or insecticides?
These are all things that take time and commitment, but are worth the effort to know that what you’ve done is the right thing for you, for your wedding and for the environment.
Yes, you may need to compromise, but don’t be disappointed if you do. Do everything practical to be as eco-friendly as possible, and you can proudly tell people you had an organic wedding. When most people hear the word “organic” they immediately think food. Mention “ethical”, and they probably think coffee. But, once they find out what else in the wedding qualifies as organic, they will be thrilled to have been a part of it and won’t hesitate to tell anybody who asks about the day.
Any wedding can be micro-managed into ending up an exhausting process, and the desire for an organic wedding can add to the pressure. The fact is, though, when done right, organising your wedding day needn’t be such a tough thing to go through with the right help available.
Here at Our Organic Wedding, we make everything easier by providing the answers to your questions, and showing which suppliers actively promote their organic credentials so you don’t spend time doing search after search just to turn up irrelevant answers or no answers at all.
Make your wedding organic, organized and original.