Green Bridal Showers

Going green for the bridal shower can be a fun and unqiue way to celebrate an upcoming wedding.

As more green cars, homes and products hit the marketplace, many couples are searching for ways to do their part in their personal lives. Brides and grooms are finding ways to recycle their reception waste, order invitations on green papers and keep their wedding impact on the environment to a minimum. Green bridal showers are a rapidly growing trend and may be the most unique and thoughtful shower you have ever hosted.

Green Theme

Hosting a green shower is no different from any other kind of shower except the focus is more clearly defined. Ask guests to bring gifts centered around giving the bride and groom recycling options at home. Excellent choices would be containers to make home recycling easier, books on living a green lifestyle or gift certificates to recycling programs in your area. Membership in community gardens and food co-ops is another option for gifts. Linens and kitchen items are widely available with a green component and can offer a couple the traditional shower while keeping the environment in the forefront. If the bride and groom are set in these areas, donations to green programs and efforts in the community would surely be appreciated.

Green Decorations

Decorations do not have to be hot house flowers and yards of tulle. Plant seed packets on bamboo stakes in pots for your flower bouquets. Select varieties the couple can use in their flower beds in the spring time and some to plant in their home. Flowering house plants, such as heathers and shamrocks, are easy to grow and can be left with the bride after the shower had ended. The center piece for the shower table can be an artfully arranged basket filled with all the tools and gadgets needed to start a garden. Ask guests to wrap gifts in recycled papers, and use biodegradable place settings and place mats. Party Goods offers amazing colored and printed table runners and table clothes to keep everything colorful. Completely biodegradable plates, utensils, bowls and cups are widely available on the internet.

Instead of the typical games and prizes, offer potted windowsill herbs for the best suggestions for going green in a new home. Let guests admit to their most wasteful habits and offer a prize for the most reformed. Then switch things up and laugh at the most outlandish antics each person has attempted in their efforts to save the planet. If games are not your style, work out a community service project you can all accomplish in a few hours as a way to honor this new bride and groom. Game prizes and shower favors can keep the green theme going with items from businesses such as Tree Beginnings. Here you will find packages of herb and flower seeds, all wrapped in environmental papers for a beautiful favor or prize.

Going green does not mean going without. It simply means making a conscious choice of doing things in a more earth friendly manner. If hosting a green bridal shower seems to be too much, adopt the ideas which fit into your plans. Print the invitations on recycled papers or use china instead of paper plates. Even the smallest change can make a big difference. With the explosion of this part of the business world, you will be amazed at all the fun you can have while making a difference in the state of the earth.

Written by: Caroline Retzer