Sustainable weddings, or “green weddings,” are celebrations planned where the couple’s goal is to lower their ecological footprint whenever possible. Although it is near impossible to plan an event that is 100% waste-free, there are many ways that events can be more eco-friendly. The goal is to try in whatever ways you can. Check out my seven tips for hosting the ultimate sustainable wedding!
Natural Confetti – This is an idea that I absolutely love! Who isn’t a fan of confetti pop photos with your bridal party?! Instead of using glitter or the typical confetti poppers, which are made of plastic, consider using flower petals or DIY confetti made of leaves!
- How to DIY – Take a large leaf and a hole puncher and get to work! Put the punched circles into small paper bags and you’re good to go!
Paper-Free Photo Booth – Photo booths are so fun, but they create a lot of waste when they automatically print multiple copies of everyone’s photos. Instead, consider a photobooth that sends your guests digital copies of their images! If you love printed photos, pick a booth that lets you customize the amount of strips printed so that unnecessary prints aren’t made.
Plastic-Free Favors – Choosing plastic-free favors is one of the easiest ways to create less waste at your wedding! Here are some examples:
Local honey in a mason jar – a “sweet” takeaway & a great way to support a local business
Cookies To-Go – have a cookie & coffee tray near the exit so guests can grab a sweet treat on their way out! Put paper bags with a personal message stamped on to make it relevant to you
A donation to a meaningful charity – this is something I’ve seen more and more recently! Invest that part of your budget into a donation to charity in your guests’ name!
Timeless Bridesmaid Dresses – We’ve all seen horror stories of nightmare bridesmaid dresses that no one ever wants to wear again! Pick dresses that you know your girls will love and want to wear again. This would also help them in selling the dresses after the wedding so that they can be worn second hand by someone else! This idea also goes for shoes and accessories- pick a pair of kicks that you’ll want to wear to your anniversary dinner!
Real Flowers – While it might seem easier to use fake flowers for centerpieces, they are often made of plastic and go into a landfill after your celebration. Use real florals and plants whenever possible so they can be composted after using! Shop local and use a florist close to home who uses locally grown flowers.
Sustainable Diamonds – There are a few options when searching for sustainable diamonds. First and foremost you can opt for synthetic diamonds, which are the ideal choice because they require no mining. Plus, they have all of the sparkle – but at a lower cost! You can also opt to recycle old diamonds to make your ring, or purchase new, sustainably sourced diamonds.
Make Your Meal Eco-Friendly – Find a caterer who uses local, fair-trade and ethical foods. Rely on local brewers and wineries for all of your beverages and use compostable dinnerware to take it one step further.
Paper Straws Instead of Plastic In Your Signature Drink – This one is a given! Choosing paper straws instead of plastic is a super-easy way to cut down on plastic waste, and they are so much cuter!
Weddings leave us with a lot of amazing memories and moments to cherish for the rest of our lives, the last thing we want is for our weddings to leave a huge footprint on the environment. Making these small changes to your wedding can have a huge impact!
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