Planning the Big Day? Make sure your wedding leaves only good memories – to you, to your guests and…to the environment. Here are some tips that will help you organize a beautiful but sustainable wedding.
You can skip paper
Send out electronic save-the-dates and invites. There are plenty of amazing websites you can choose elegant cards from. Some to mention PunchBowl, Paperless Post, and Greenvelope, Minted and Evite. If you still feel you need to stick to “traditional” and purchase paper cards, make sure they are made of recycled paper or printed on sustainable materials like hemp, plantable seed paper, earth pigments, and soy ink for your invites (check out Green Field Paper).
Say “yes” to local, seasonal flowers
For your wedding decoration and your bridal bouquet choose seasonal flowers from a local farmer. You are probably aware that most out-of-season flowers are grown in Amsterdam and other parts of the world. They have to fly their way to your wedding and that makes for a huge footprint. Also, instead of floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception, opt for potted plants.
Your Wedding Dress
I know this is your special day, but try to be rational. You’ll spend a fortune on a dress you’ll only wear once. There are alternatives to buying a new one – a stylish secondhand dress, tailoring the gown that your mom or grandmother wore, a vintage boutique, renting one?
Make sure your catering contains only seasonal ingredients from local producers who firmly stick to sustainable or organic farming practices. Same is valid for the drinks you offer your guests. And, make a research where you can donate the untouched leftovers from the catering.
No-diamond wedding rings?
There are beautiful and more sustainable options for a wedding ring that do not have a diamond or other precious stone. You can choose from a variety of materials, from traditional metals to alternatives like tungsten and titanium and even wood. Or why not use an inherited piece of jewelry given to you by your grandmother?
Give favors that give back
These might be potted plants, packets of seeds, or even charitable donations in guests’ names.
From the hundreds of save-the-date cards to the reception feast, weddings can easily rack up a pretty negative impact on the environment. If you and your partner are in the process of planning your big day, use these six eco-friendly tips to ensure that your nuptial celebration keeps Mother Nature in mind: 1.