March 10, 2010, 1 p.m. by SMARTBRIDE

SmartBride on Sonoran Living Live!


We were so excited to be interviewed on Sonoran Living Live on March 8th, 2010 and chat about ways to say an earth friendly "I do".

With the average wedding producing 400 pounds of garbage and 63 tons of Co2, it's not surprising that we are seeing more and more couples looking to plan a wedding that minimizes resources used and pollution.

During the segment we offered tips to help you have a greener wedding, focusing on your wedding dress, your invitations, flowers and favours. Check out the video of the segment and our tips below, or an extended top 10 list on!

The Wedding Dress
It is absolutely possible to be an eco-concious bride and still find the wedding dress of your dreams without sacrificing style. For example, this Nicole Miller wedding dress retails for $1300 and is available on for only $600. Not only does reusing a wedding dress save on the processing of the massive amounts of materials that go into making a wedding gown, brides-to-be can save up to 50% off retail price while the previous bride recoups some of her costs!

Nicole Miller Wedding Dress

The Invitations
There are a couple ways to go green with invitations, including going paperless, reducing paper, or using more environmentally friendly printing/ink processes.

If you want to reduce the amount of paper you're using, you could either:

  • Send an electronic save the date instead of using a card and envelope.
  • Reduce the number of inserts in your invitations by setting up a wedding website with all the details of your big day.
  • Depending on the combination of paper and online invites, you can save between $275 and $925.

If you aren't comfortable going paperless, it's important to consider the type of paper and printing being used:
  • Paper - look for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper. Typically this will have a portion of recycled material, and be free from any acid or chlorine. Some papers are even certified carbon neutral.
  • Printing - More and more printers are offering waterless printing. Traditional printing mixes ink with large quantities of water. Not only does it waste water resources, but flushes toxins into our water systems.

These invitations from Laura K Design are printed on FSC paper using waterless printing:

Laura K Invitations

The Flowers
Flowers are also an important part of weddings, but people don't realize the costs associated with bringing in flowers that aren't locally grown. Look for seasonal flowers that are fair trade, locally grown, organically grown and free of chemical preservatives.

On the show we featured a beautiful example from Thee Wedding Warehouse, home of Endearing Floral Design in Arizona:

Thee Wedding Warehouse Orchid Centrepiece

The succulents and cacti used in this centerpiece will live forever as long as cared for correctly, giving flower-life long after the wedding is over. Potted plants like the orchid featured are better than cut flowers. Although cut flowers look beautiful the day of, they have minimal life after the wedding.

The Favours
If you really want to have favours for your guests, going green can be as simple as replacing traditional wedding favours with something greener like tree seedlings, flower seeds or bulbs. You can also send guests home with green treats such as fair trade chocolate, coffee or soaps. On the segment we featured a lovely smelling 100% natural lavender soap made in the USA. The cost is $4 and can be found via our friends at Thee Wedding Warehouse.

Thee Wedding Warehouse Soap Favour

If you really want to reduce the amount of "stuff" associated with your wedding, consider getting rid of physical favours entirely. Instead, you could set aside money to cover the carbon footprint of your wedding, or make a donation it to a green charity on behalf of guests.

Want more tips? Check out our top 10 "eco-chic" tips on