Another unique thing couples are doing is discovering what their carbon footprint is in terms of their wedding. Once they know what that value is, they can then reduce those emissions (via ideas mentioned below) or offset it by contributing to organizations such as www.carbonfund.org.
The website has a great calculator that brides and grooms can use to calculate their exact footprint. http://www.carbonfund.org/site/pages/individuals/category/Weddings/
This is a great source for serious “green” couples even beyond the wedding! Once you’ve calculated your “footprint” and made your damage control donation, consider using that donation as your wedding favor. In general, cheesy favors are out. People either don’t remember to take them or simply throw them away. So if you’re donating to an earth friendly fund anyway- optimize your investment and skip out on the wasteful favor. Often, we recommend that couples print a line on the bottom of their menu cards mentioning the donation. This way no extra paper is used and people can celebrate your future and the future of the earth!
Going green often just makes good economical sense. Cutting back on “stuff” often translates into cutting back on cost. And although it’s super tempting to go overboard with all the bells and whistles, try to consider what will be thrown away verses what can be reused. Leave your mark by making great memories not by leaving behind a bunch of trash!