It’s not only your love that overfloweth at your wedding or commitment ceremony, but the garbage bins, too. For the more than 2 million U.S. couples saying their vows this year, there are simple ways to have a greener celebration.

  • Print invitations, thank you notes and programs on 100 percent recycled paper; recycle any discarded items, including wrapping paper.

  • Order flowers from local farms.

  • Place your gift registry at an eco-friendly store.

  • Use biodegradable plates made of cornstarch or sugar cane, or rent real tableware so nothing is thrown away.

  • If you’re jetting to a far-flung honeymoon, consider paying a few extra bucks to offset your carbon emissions at

More tips: or contact the Triangle-based Forest Foundation,, which offers green event planning advice.