Planning a sustainable wedding can be one of the most rewarding ways to take advantage of your power in saving the earth.
Now, more than ever, consumers are making eco-conscious decisions in their everyday lives. These decisions range from what products to buy and what practices to avoid. One of the newest ways consumers are taking advantage of their power in saving the earth is to plan out sustainable weddings.
While it may seem difficult to plan your big day and ensure that it’s eco-friendly, that’s not the case. In fact, it can be simple and rewarding to plan a sustainable wedding. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. These tips will help you plan a sustainable wedding without becoming overwhelmed. Let’s dive in!
Recycle and Reuse When Possible
Every bride and groom want to have a unique and memorable wedding. That said, there’s no rule book that states everything must be newly store-bought to make that happen. There are a number of different things that can be up-cycled and reused to make your big day the wedding of your dreams.
Many brides have a tradition of holding on to their wedding dresses in hopes that one day their daughter will walk down the aisle in the same dress. If your mother, or another close family member, has saved their dress and is willing to let you use it, take them up on the offer. It’s a very bonding experience that will bring your family even closer.
Similar to the tradition of saving dresses, many families also pass down heirloom rings that are intended to be used for the younger generation’s marriage. If someone in your family utilizes this practice, discuss with them the option of using the ring. Not only will it save money, it will also allow you to flaunt a gorgeous vintage engagement ring with a family history behind it.
Every bride and groom want to have a unique and memorable wedding, and starting a tradition of passing down wedding rings is a wonderful way to commemorate your love for generations to come.
Rent or Borrow Wedding Decor
Looks count for a lot during weddings. It’s not surprising that many people seek out a unique aesthetic for their upcoming nuptials. However, there’s no real reason to purchase these items outright.
In fact, it’s usually more cost-effective to rent your wedding decor. Whether you’re going for the popular farmhouse aesthetic or want to make your wedding look like a page right out of a fairytale, there are wedding decor rental companies that can help you make your dream a reality.
The one downside to renting is that at the end of the day, you don’t actually get to keep anything that you’ve paid to use. Another option is to try and borrow as much decor as you can from friends and family. Let people know that you are trying to be as eco-friendly as possible on your big day—you’ll be surprised how generous people get when it is to help a worthy cause.
Not only will this give you an eclectic mix of decor, but you could also try to borrow a few different dinnerware sets or china if you really want to get fancy. Mix and match table settings are super trendy, and this would give you the best of both worlds—recycling and trend-setting.
There are many diamond alternatives that are more eco-friendly and ethically sourced than mined diamonds. Lab-growth diamonds, lab-grown gemstones, and moissanite are just a few.
It’s virtually impossible to borrow everything that you need for your wedding, so it’s essential that you shop smart and opt for sustainable choices. Make a list of everything you can’t rent or borrow and research the best way to make it a “green” purchase. Here are a few of our recommendations:
- Wedding/bridesmaid dresses
There are tons of ways to opt for a sustainable wedding or bridesmaid dress. As mentioned above, borrowing or receiving a hand-me-down dress is a great way to go, but if that isn’t an option, there are still tons of retailers who offer sustainable wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
- Wedding rings/jewelry
As technology advances, so do the options that individuals now have for engagement rings, wedding bands, and wedding day jewelry. There are many diamond alternatives that are more eco-friendly and ethically sourced than mined diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds, lab-grown gemstones, and moissanite are just a few.
- Stationary/paper products
When it comes to weddings, it is easy to forget just how many paper products are traditionally used. From the save-the-date cards to all the event invites (engagement parties, bridal showers, the wedding, etc.), paper products used on the day-of, and, finally, the thank you cards, here are a few alternate options:
- Send out save the dates, invites, and thank you cards digitally
- Use recycled paper
- Make sure all day-of paper products are reusable or recycled
Although flowers are eco-friendly on their own, they are often thrown away immediately after the wedding. Try using these tips to help make your florals even greener:
- Use flowers from local farms or local stores.
- Use potted flowers and plants so that they don’t have to be thrown away.
- Use something other than flowers as your bouquet—like carrying adoptable puppies, instead.
When it comes to sustainable weddings, making eco-friendly choices will not only greatly benefit the planet, but it can also ensure that your day is uniquely memorable.
Take Advantage of Nature
There’s not a lot that can beat a summer sunset or the warmth of a sunny day. If you’re eyeing an eco-friendly day, don’t overlook what’s right in front of you—the beauty of nature. Hosting an outdoor wedding can have its challenges, but it’s vastly more eco-friendly than an indoor wedding.
Additionally, breathtaking scenery can make for the perfect and most-memorable backdrop for your big day. Among the obvious eco-friendly benefits of having an outdoor wedding, there’s also the added benefit of cost. Outdoor weddings tend to cost less than their indoor counterparts.
When it comes to sustainable weddings, making eco-friendly choices will not only greatly benefit the planet, but it can also ensure that your day is uniquely memorable. To start your journey toward sustainable wedding planning, do your research and come up with a detailed plan. From there, your options are endless, and you can get started on making your wedding day perfect.