When it came time to select favors for my wedding, I did have a few requirements in mind. Being an environmentally friendly individual, I always tried to find ways to do things in a more "green" way. I had been to my fair share of weddings, and seen many wedding favors that were definitely not environmentally friendly, not to mention downright tacky. I was determined to find a way to give my guests some great wedding favors that would be functional, environmentally friendly, and still a great compliment to my big day.
To my surprise, it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be to find some green options. My first ideas were to get things that were naturally environmentally friendly, like travel mugs. If my guests could walk away from my wedding and stop buying disposable cups of coffee on their way to work every day, I'd consider that a success. There were many great options of travel mugs, too. I found lots of cool designs and fun ways to customize them to make them special for my wedding.
I also explored the extensive world of paper products, all made on 100% recycled paper, of course. I found notebooks and photo albums and other fun various trinkets. They all seemed like great options, though my sister had just gone the paper route and given out address books at her wedding, so I didn't want to copy her idea.
I spent a long time looking through "natural" products--things like coasters made out of bamboo, or decorative picture frames that were made with shells. I couldn't believe all the different products that were available that were made out of something natural. I selected a few odds and ends to be used more for decoration than they would be as wedding favors, just because they seemed more like something to decorate with as opposed to a wedding favor, though that's just my personal preference, as I was really set on giving a practical wedding favor.
I also spent quite a bit of time looking at eco friendly jewelry. I looked at bracelets and earrings designed by local artisans, and by those that were made by artists in faraway countries, but were given a fair price for their product. I also found some jewelry made from things like old bottle caps and other pieces of trash. I selected a few pieces of jewelry for close family members-those I knew would appreciate these wedding favors, and who I knew enough about their style to select them something they'd truly appreciate. My cousin loves the whole trash into jewelry, but I knew my best friend would never wear bottle caps, so she got a pretty bracelet in teal.
I finally decided on a wedding favor for most of my wedding party: soy candles. What made this idea even better was the fact that I bought everything and made them myself, with the help of my bridesmaids and maid of honor. I especially liked this component because it gave all of us an excuse to get together and be crafty for an afternoon, even though some of us never made it past gluing in preschool. Our soy candles ended up looking great, and the whole experience was extremely fun for all of us.
I chose soy candles because they're a great eco friendly option. The plant based soy means that when the candles burn they don't pollute the air, and it's great that they are made from a renewable resource. I personally love candles, and am always buying a new candle, so I like that I could give an aspect of my personality in my wedding favors, and the soy candles also served my desire to be practical, as they provide a calming, relaxing decoration for any room in the home.
Overall, I had a great time finding out about all the different types of eco friendly wedding favors. There were so many great options out there, and I'm so pleased to know that there are others out there who are looking to make a positive environmental impact, even on their wedding day.