If you’re all about going green, there are plenty of ways to get creative and keep your big day as eco-friendly as possible!
By using online invites instead of mailing them, you’re significantly cutting down on the amount of paper you’d otherwise be using! Instead, create a wedding website and email invites to all your guests, and call for a follow-up if necessary for some.
Potted Plants/Locally Grown Flowers
After your ceremony and reception, the flowers you paid for usually end up getting tossed. Instead, try getting some beautiful potted flowers and plants to line the aisle and be the centerpieces at each table. This way, the plants can be taken home by different guests and planted in gardens where they can flourish. Using locally grown flowers (maybe even flowers you’ve picked from your own, or a relative’s garden) are also more green-friendly, as they require less transporting, less energy, and support local business. Succulents also make great centerpieces, plus they don’t take much to keep up, so you, or guests can take them home without having to worry about taking care of a plant.
Recycled Fabric Decor
For your photo booth backdrop, or just to add a little color to your reception or ceremony, you can cut strips of fabric to hang to create a picture perfect background, and reuse old fabric.
Replace the Rice
Instead of littering with confetti or wasting rice (which isn’t great for animals), have guests toss lavender (or rosemary) as you leave the ceremony or when you depart for your honeymoon!
If you can afford it, rent plates and silverware that can be washed and reused. If you have to use disposable plates/cups/silverware, use recycled and eco-friendly brands. Instead of paper napkins, use cloth ones so they can be washed and reused instead of thrown away.
Leaf Place Cards
This works especially well if your wedding theme is more natural and nature-focused. Use large leaves and write names on them to use as place cards.
Locally Grown Food
If you can, try to find a caterer that uses locally grown food items. This sustainable practice not only helps local business and agriculture, but takes less unnecessary preservatives and transportation energy.