The disastrous effects of climate change are being shown in the news every day. People are being inspired toward living more sustainably in all areas of their lives. It’s possible to have a wedding that is both sustainably done and fulfilling for the bride, groom, and all of their guests.
Here are some tips to create an outstanding, environmentally-friendly wedding:
- Reduce Paper Where Possible:
The wedding process can include a lot of paper. From engagement announcements to save-the-date slips and the official invitations. There are numerous companies that use sustainably-sourced paper products or allow clients to go completely paperless for their announcements. This small step can significantly reduce the environmental impact of the wedding.
- Rethink Your Rings:
There is a trend of choosing alternatives to natural diamonds for wedding rings. One option that’s grown in popularity is lab-grown diamonds. That’s because lab diamonds are more environmentally-friendly and sustainable than traditional diamonds. They don’t require destructive mining of the earth. They are not ethically questionable. They are gorgeous and almost indistinguishable in appearance from traditional diamonds. Choosing an ethical, sustainable ring can start the wedding planning off right.
- Choose a Conscientious Caterer:
The dinner is a large part of the wedding experience. Choosing a sustainable catering company that sources local foods and supports local farmers is a prudent option. The environmental impact will be lessened. The food will be fresher and in-season. The local economy will get a boost, also.
- Choose Secondhand or Rental Attire:
The wedding attire can be a show-stopper. The wedding party can look like kings and queens for the ceremony. That doesn’t require new attire. Sourcing gently-used or rental clothing for the wedding party can reduce environmental impact but provide the same experience.
- Use Potted Plants Instead:
Flowers and greenery can be a nice touch to the wedding’s ambiance. A sustainable option would be to use potted plants or succulents as decor. They can be taken home afterward by the bridal party or as guest favors. They will live longer than the ceremony and can be locally grown and sourced.
- Reconsider the Registry:
Often, the wedding registry contains a lot of things. Deciding what’s really needed can reduce the list. Another option is requesting things like gift cards or honeymoon experiences instead of objects. Making memories is a beautiful gift. It reduces consumption and waste.
- Upgrade the Exit:
When the couple emerges from the venue, there’s a celebration. Sometimes balloons or sparklers are used. Conscientious options include tossing rice, birdseed, or biodegradable confetti instead.
- Change the Favors:
Wedding favors can be environmentally taxing. They’re often disposable. They’re often costly. Guests may appreciate alternative favors like edible treats, reusable glasses they can take home, or charity donations in lieu of a tangible favor.
- Consider Transportation:
Having destination weddings or weddings that require travel among various venues produces a lot of greenhouse gasses. A local wedding that takes place in a singular venue would be a more environmentally sound choice. Understandably, travel may be necessary. The key is limiting the need for it when possible.
- Have a Virtual Ceremony:
Weddings are resource-heavy events. One of the most sustainable options is having a video-based ceremony. Family, friends, and loved ones can still be involved. The day will still be full of love and joy. The environmental impact of the day will be cut exponentially. Whether by necessity or choice, a virtual wedding may be a good option.