How to Have a Sustainable Wedding - Part 1

Environmental awareness is now part of mainstream consciousness.  With the hot melting summers and bitterly cold winters, we are all experiencing the effects of climate change with the extreme seasonal weather. A sustainable lifestyle is the call of the hour and as millennial couples tie the knot, they are starting to bring this awareness to their wedding plans as well. Sustainable eco-friendly weddings are trending now and an eco-friendly theme is becoming very popular. As earth-friendly options become freely available, it’s a great idea to embrace this theme and make it a part of your wedding’s identity. We’ve got some superb ideas on how to have a sustainable green wedding and here they are:

Venue

If you’re passionate about the environment then choose a wedding venue that will cut down on your need for decoration and lighting. The easiest way to achieve this is by choosing an outdoor garden venue, with a naturally beautiful landscape. A farmhouse, hotel lawns, or even a vineyard are all viable options. Having a day wedding will also cut down on energy consumption as the sun will provide all the light you need and also ensure wonderful wedding pictures. Choose a wedding venue that has an ambiance of its own, thereby reducing the need for wedding decorations. Find a dual ceremony reception site. Many venues offer both ceremony and reception sites, so rather than booking two separate locations for your wedding day, consider booking a dual-site instead. This will cut down on carbon emissions from guest and vendor transportation. Bonus points if you can host your ceremony and/or reception outside, which cuts down on electricity usage.

Wedding Invitations

The obvious choice for an eco-friendly wedding would be to send out e-invites. However, that may not always be possible. So, set the tone for your environmentally conscious wedding by designing your wedding invitation, with sustainably made paper. You will make a big difference by not choosing virgin paper, so instead use hundred percent recycled paper. Another fabulous option is a seed or plantable paper, which means that there are seeds incorporated into the paper pulp. So, after the invite is read it can be soaked in water and the resulting pulp can be planted into a pot or garden. The plant that will grow and bloom will be a happy reminder of your wedding. Plantable seed paper is a wonderful option for an eco-friendly wedding. We make seed paper invites, reach out to us for more information.

Décor

Flowers are an important component of wedding décor so be sure to source seasonal flowers from the local markets. This will also be a much more budget-friendly option, than flying hundreds of flowers from across the country. Brightly colored fabrics can be used as drapes for a dreamy effect. Elements like brass lanterns, earthen pots, temple bells, and such would make the décor look wonderful while being ultimately reusable. Choose reusable signage options instead of printed signs, rather than printing hundreds of paper menus, wedding programs, or signage pieces for your ceremony and reception, consider multi-purpose sign options that can be used again after the wedding. Think chalkboards or glass pieces that can be customized with markers or paint. Make upcycled wedding decorations save money and the planet by upcycling items from around your home (or your recycling bin) to reuse and repurpose as decorations for your wedding. There are so many creative and affordable ways to reuse glass jars, tin cans, wine bottles, and more to create absolutely stunning centerpieces. 

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