Weddings are a special and joyous celebration that couples can share with family and friends, but can take a toll on the environment. From shipping invitations to setting up decorations, it’s easy for weddings to have a negative environmental impact. However, there are many easy ways to make your wedding more earth-friendly. Here are a few ways to celebrate and honor the planet on your special day.
Ditch the Paper Invitations
Invitations are a special way to let guests know about the happy news, but sending paper invitations adds an additional cost – not only in the paper itself, but also in the energy and emissions from shipping. Instead, go digital and send all your wedding details to guests via email. For a more personal touch, consider creating a website dedicated to your special day, where guests can RSVP and get all the latest updates. To further reduce your environmental impact, consider sending a tree or shrub to guests and let them know that it’s your gift to help reforest the planet.
The décor of your wedding can set the mood, but it can also cause a lot of harm to the planet. Consider using natural or recycled items for decorations. For example, make bouquets out of potted flowers or fill up vintage glass containers with eco-friendly decorations. Instead of buying new decorations, consider renting décor from a sustainable wedding company that specializes in eco-friendly items. You can also find other ideas on websites like Pinterest and Instagram.
Local and Organic Foods
When it comes to food, it can be hard to know if what you’re eating is good for you and the planet. Opt for locally-sourced, organic foods when looking for catering and dessert options for your wedding. Foods grown locally have the lowest environmental impact, and organic foods are free of chemicals that can harm ecosystems. Not only are you helping the planet, but eating organically can also help you feel better by refueling your body with wholesome, nutritious food.
Responsible Waste Management
Wedding decorations and food are just some of the things that can produce considerable waste. Make sure you partner with a responsible waste management company to handle all of your wedding’s ecological aftermath. Create a waste-reduction strategy that includes composting, recycling, and donating unused items. You can also opt for refillable beverage containers instead of having single-use plastics on site.
Your wedding is a special time to share your love with family and friends, but it doesn’t have to come at the expense of the planet. Taking a few simple steps can help make your wedding more eco-friendly while still allowing you to enjoy a beautiful celebration. Use digital invitations, decorate with recycled materials, opt for organic foods, and put responsible waste management practices in place to ensure your wedding day has minimal environmental impact.