Herbs are Hot for Your Green Wedding

Lavender bouquet photo by Tine Hofmann

Lavender bouquet photo by Tine Hofmann.

I’ve got a thing for herbs.  Every year I plant lavender, rosemary, parsley, sage, lemon thyme, chives, dill, mint, basil and oregano. By mid-summer, I’ve got enough herbs to supply a hoppin’ gourmet restaurant.

I use some of the herbs in my cooking (I also use mint, lemon thyme and lavender in my handmade soap), but often I have lots left over.

What should I do with rest of my lovely plants?

Well, if I happened to be planning a wedding, I’d have plenty of uses for my leftover herbs! Especially if I was having a green wedding.

Lately, I’ve discovered so many beautiful ways that herbs can be incorporated into a wedding – from the bouquets to the boutonnieres. Here are some ideas that I love:

potted herbs as wedding favors

You can use potted herbs as green wedding favors. Use terra cotta pots which are eco-friendly. Photo by Miki Duisterhof.

lavender halo and lavender bouquet

Lavender makes lovely halos and wedding bouquets. Photo from Sunshine Lavender Farm.

Herb wreatch with lavender

What about an herb wreath to hang on the door of the church? Photo California Wreath Co.

a hanging herb bouquet

A hanging herb bouquet for your outdoor reception. Photo alice q. style.

herb boutonnieres

Mint boutonnieres from In Style Weddings via A Sunshine Wedding.

lavender boutonnieres

Lavender boutonnieres from Snippet and Ink via A Sunshine Wedding.

lavender centerpieces

Herb and wildflower centerpieces from Snippet and Ink via A Sunshine Wedding.

sage handmade soap

Sage handmade soap makes for perfect green wedding favors. Photo Good Earth Soap.

For more ideas on how to use herbs in centerpieces watch this short video from Sunset.com

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  1. Posted by Alex on April 24th, 2009 at 11:44am

    I love this post about using herbs in your wedding! I think that is a fabulous suggestion and I am going to have to share that with people I know planning a wedding or outdoor party! It seems you might be interested in green wedding tips... so I have included a few from Jen Napier of OneWed.com. Enjoy!

    1. Wedding & Bridesmaid Dresses: You can go green with a gorgeous wedding dress a number of ways: rent your dress, purchase a previously-owned or vintage dress, buy a dress using sustainable fabrics, borrow from a loved one! Do your friends a favor and pick a bridesmaid dress they can use again or even have them select from their own closets.
    2. Wedding Stationery: Be good to the environment by: sending digital save-the-date & wedding invitations; communicating with your wedding party and wedding guests with a free wedding website, or purchasing recycled paper invitations and programs.
    3. Venue & Food: Select both a wedding venue & caterer who are eco-friendly: Select vendors who recycle, use LED lighting, source food from local markets to cut down on carbon emissions, buy and serve food is organic, pesticide-free, cage-free. And have your ceremony & reception at the same location.
    4. Centerpieces & Décor: Consider using potted plants that can be planted after the wedding. If you do use flowers, go with local, seasonal flowers and use them more than once for your wedding activities and offer to guests as a take-home gift.
    5. Rent, Rent, Rent: Rent as much as you can…linens, silverware, dinnerware, aisle runners, centerpiece containers.
  2. Posted by myDIYweddingday on April 24th, 2009 at 12:59pm

    Oh, I love the idea of potted herbs as favors! Great decor for the wedding as well.
  3. Posted by IrisFieldscoordinator5 on May 21st, 2009 at 1:02pm

    Using a wedding website is a great way to save on paper, postage and invitation costs. Wedding websites are a great way to replace reply cards, accommodation and direction cards. I just discovered paperlesspost.com, which is an amazing website that allows you to create custom, life like invitations online. Another alternative is an all in one design that includes all of your information on one card rather than having separate enclosures.
  4. Posted by Joan~Five Grain Events on May 2nd, 2010 at 9:26pm

    What a fantastic idea! I love the idea of using herbs...plus it gives the wedding such a fun summery organic feel.
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