With Earth Day and wedding season in full swing, many people are turning to eco-friendly ways to have a sustainable wedding in 2022.
“Your wedding is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, but with paper items thrown away, excess food tossed and flower scraps tossed in the trash, it can also be one of the most unnecessary.” rated Brides.com.
Now, we’re not saying you should skip hosting a party or forego those beautiful details, but if you’re an environmentally conscious bride or groom and want to reduce the effect of your event on the environment, here are some sustainable methods that are shaping the wedding industry and can ultimately reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding.
What is a Green Wedding?
A green wedding is any wedding where the couple plans to lessen the ecological impact of their special event on the planet.
“Couples today are concerned about the state of the planet and are passionate about reducing their carbon footprint as much as possible,” photographer Nikk Nuygen told the Junebug Weddings blog. “Most modern couples don’t want a wedding full of junk and unnecessary items, especially with rising costs!”
Tablescape and wedding decor (Credit: Something Borrowed Blooms)
And these days, wedding experts say that’s not too difficult to accomplish, with plenty of greener wedding decorations on the market and greener options for catering, invitations, and more.
Have a smaller guest list
Although you want to invite everyone you know to your wedding, it may end up being more unnecessary and ultimately more expensive.
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So it’s simple: the smaller your guest list, the less waste you will produce.
Consider fake flowers
For most weddings, the flowers are used for a few hours before being discarded. And, while the smell of fresh flowers can certainly be appealing, some married couples opt out of using fresh flowers for an alternative solution.
Companies such as Something Borrowed Blooms offer silk flowers, a more durable choice than fresh flowers.
Flower arrangement created by Something Borrowed Blooms (Credit: Something Borrowed Blooms)
According to the company, bouquets of Something Borrowed Blooms are reused multiple times, with light refreshes between each use. Indeed, some bouquets are reused up to 26 times a year before being recycled.
But, if you don’t like the idea of fake flowers, you can consider growing flowers yourself or using a local farm. Some florists may even compost your arrangements after your big day, so be sure to ask your vendors about their options.
Sustainable wedding dresses and accessories
Many companies are also considering eco-friendly approaches to wedding attire and accessories.
Companies such as Etsy, Nearly Newlywed, and Preowned Wedding Dresses can offer slightly worn dresses for your big party.
And it’s not just limited to brides. Your groom and groomsmen can also save a lot of money by renting from suit and tuxedo sites, including The Black Tux and Generation Tux.
Companies such as NOVA by Enaura also offer rental of bridal accessories such as veils, which can not only save you money on your wedding day (weddings are expensive!) but also help the wedding. environment.
Wedding dress and veil by NOVA by Enaura (Credit: NOVA by Enaura)
The founders of NOVA by Enaura noted that their customers wanted wedding accents like a veil, but were hesitant to invest in them because the likelihood of wearing them again is slim. So the team developed a rental option to meet the needs of modern brides who are sustainably motivated.
But, if you’re not interested in a slightly worn dress or accessory, many bridal companies are now using sustainable practices.
The founders of Sophie et Voilà have launched a sustainable bridal brand that relies on sustainable materials such as recycled fabrics for each of its collections. The company favors working without stock to limit surpluses and uses recycled packaging to ship the parts.
Consider an ethical diamond ring, a family heirloom
If you want a shiny new diamond or wedding ring, it’s important to track the origins of the stone.
Wedding experts suggest looking into lab-grown diamonds.
“Lab-grown diamonds are identical to natural diamonds in almost every way,” gemologist Anubh Shah told Brides. “They have the same chemical, physical and optical qualities as diamonds mined from the Earth.” They also cost much less.
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Moissanite, a rare natural mineral, is being grown in the lab and growing in popularity. No mining is involved in the creation process, so it is not harmful to the planet and is not involved in conflicting trade.
If you can’t afford ethical jewelry, you can also opt for a family heirloom.
Use virtual or eco-responsible invitations
There are many options currently available for eco-friendly invitations.
You can look for invitations printed on recycled paper or alternative materials.
Companies like Paper Culture offer invitations made from 100% post-recycled paper and plant a tree in your honor with every purchase. Meanwhile, Botanical Paperworks prints its invitations on seed-infused paper that you can plant and turn into flowers.
Or, you can consider going paperless altogether, opting for digital-only invitations. This will reduce all paper waste and it could also save you a lot of money.
Choose a reception with built-in decor
When researching your dream location, consider venues and spaces that already have decor available.
Does your room have tables, flowers or other decorations? Ask these questions when choosing a venue.
The more there are already on the property, the more sustainable the choice will be. Plus, it’ll probably save you a lot of money.
Consider a local or vegetarian meal at the wedding
It can be controversial to consider a vegetarian meal at your wedding, but plant-based meals generally consume fewer resources to produce. You can also look for natural wine as the beverage of choice to support environmentally conscious producers.
If you know you can’t have a plant-based celebration, finding locally sourced ingredients for your wedding can also help, as carbon emissions from shipping food can be more harmful to the wedding. environment.
After the wedding, donate decoration
When your big day is over, consider the myriad ways to donate, reuse or recycle your items.
Consider reselling your wedding decoration, dropping off the items at a thrift store, or gifting it to family, friends, or wedding guests so the items don’t go to waste.
Also, if possible, donate your leftover flowers and food to local hospitals, food kitchens or homeless shelters.
Happy wedding planning!