Weddings are a great time to celebrate and get together with family and friends. But most people don’t realize how wasteful the one-night event can be. More and more brides are beginning to want an eco-friendly green wedding in order to have the time of their life, but also help save the environment. Check out these ideas to make your wedding day environmentally friendly.
1. Book a Sustainable Venue
One of the best ways to be eco-friendly during your wedding is just booking the right venue! Places like Phipps Conservatory and Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens like to keep things “green” and environmentally friendly. They can also give you easy ways to keep details of your wedding at their specific venue environmentally friendly.
2. “Green” Invitations
Paper used for invitations and save the dates can not only impact your budget, but also the environment. Especially for save the dates, consider doing digital invites or a save the date video announcement. Your guests will appreciate the sentiment of a thoughtful video to announce your engagement while also having those details right in their inbox. For invitations, utilize recycled paper to limit the environmental impact of your wedding.
3. Get Creative with Escort Cards
There are so many ways to be creative and environmentally friendly with your escort cards for a green wedding. Instead of printing on paper, consider writing names and table numbers for your guests on seed packets. Not only will there be less waste from the saved paper, but guests will also be able to plant those seeds, helping the environment!
4. DIY Décor
Using DIY décor is a great way to stay environmentally friendly while also giving your wedding a unique and creative vibe. You can create wooden signs to welcome your guests, use potted plants as table numbers, or give your guests succulents or plants as favors!
5. Flowers vs. Plants
Flowers are typically one of the biggest expenses and also leave a lot of waste! Some brides are opting to use plants rather than flowers to decorate their venue. You could use terracotta plants or succulents with taper and tealight candles to create beautiful centerpieces that are more environmentally friendly. They’ll also create an elegant, yet earthy atmosphere to the room, which guests will love!
6. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Buying your wedding ensemble can also create waste in the environment and why spend so much money on something that you’ll only wear once? Some of our brides have decided to reuse and recycle items and accessories from previous weddings. Whether you dig out your mother’s wedding dress or rent the groom’s tuxes from a local store, you’ll not only be saving money, but also the environment!
By using these ideas as a guide to your eco-friendly wedding, you’ll not only be providing a momentous occasion for your guests, but the Earth will also appreciate the thought you took to preserve it.
If you have any questions about planning a green wedding, contact us today at Hello Productions. We are happy to help make your wedding day special!