Say yes to being eco-friendly on your wedding day!
We are in an age where doing anything and everything we can to be eco-friendly and protect the environment is of growing importance. As beautiful as big weddings can be, they traditionally are not the most sustainable or eco-friendly, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be. There are plenty of amazing sustainable alternatives that can be incorporated into your big day! From plantable invitations to biodegradable confetti, there are endless ways to make a positive impact and have the green wedding celebration of your dreams. You may even inspire future couples to do the same. Continue scrolling for more eco-friendly inspiration!
Sustainable Wedding Attire
There are many ways one can reduce their carbon footprint when it comes to wedding attire. Ditch fast fashion and unethical brands for more sustainable options. One way is to purchase a vintage or second-hand dress, giving the garment a longer life span. If vintage or pre-worn dresses aren’t your things, there are sites that sell dresses from closed boutiques and sample dresses that would have otherwise been discarded, at a reduced cost. Not only does it save brides money, but it also benefits the environment. Talk about a win-win! Donating or selling one’s wedding dress or tux after the celebration is also a great option if purchasing a new item. These sites also allow individuals to not only purchase dresses but sell them as well. Check out the links below!
Plantable wedding invites are not only an easy fix to reduce paper waste, but also super cute and charming! Botanical Paper Works has seed paper tags, invitations, reply cards, place cards, and favors that your guests can plant in their own yard or home after their initial use. There are also multiple stores on Etsy that sell plantable seed paper invites. Alternatively, you can have your invites made out of recycled paper instead of new paper.
Ceremony and Reception Location
To further help reduce air pollution, hold your wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue or in very close proximity to one another. Planning your ceremony and reception at the same venue reduces emissions and is also more convenient for everyone involved.
Potted Flowers Vs. Cut Flowers
Unfortunately, cut flowers aren’t the greatest for the environment, but that doesn’t mean flowers have to be foregone from weddings. Using potted plants as decorations is an easy and equally beautiful alternative to cut floral decor and can be replanted or gifted after the event. If you find yourself opting for cut flowers or wanting a more traditional bouquet, fear not, you can still do it sustainably! Find a florist that sources from local farmers instead of buying flowers that have been shipped from elsewhere. After the celebration, arrange for the flowers to be donated to a nursing home or composted.
Instead of buying decor that will inevitably be thrown away and wasted, find decor that you can reuse, either in your own home or for future events. If you find yourself unable to reuse something, always remember you can donate!
Reduce Food Waste
Buffets tend to create a ton of food waste. If you do decide buffet style is the best way to go for your wedding, try to find an organization that will take the leftover food and donate it to homeless shelters or those in need. If possible, opt for plated meals to reduce food waste significantly and ensure that there aren’t any leftovers.
Source Food and Booze Locally
Sourcing food and booze locally is not only great for the environment but also gives you the chance to support local farmers, wineries, distilleries, and breweries. It also creates a sense of community and appreciation for the small businesses in the area. Be sure to talk to your caterer about getting local ingredients and creating a seasonal menu for your wedding.
Instead of having guests toss rice or plastic confetti, opt for something natural and biodegradable. Some popular options are lavender, rose petals, or other small flowers. Not only are they beautiful, but they also have a lovely scent that adds to the romantic atmosphere. Another great option is to make confetti out of leaves or purchase customizable leaf confetti or dried flower combinations from Etsy.
Instead of investing money into pricey favors that will likely be thrown away or wasted, give your guests something edible. After a night of celebrating, your guests are sure to appreciate a delicious late-night snack for the ride home. Plus, the snacks can be stored in mason jars or other reusable containers making them an even more eco-friendly option.
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