Going all out for your wedding is almost everyone’s dream from a very young age. As you get older, you realize how many wasteful items are included in weddings and receptions, as well as how expensive they can be. Small, smart decisions can make a large impact. Whether you are going completely eco-friendly or just trying to be somewhat eco-conscious, these 5 tips can help you make decisions that are good for the environment and your wallet.
1. Venue decisions
Choosing a venue is one of the most important decisions that you’ll make when planning your wedding. If you are going for an environmentally-friendly venue, the key is to cut down on energy. The best way to do this is to have the wedding outdoors. There are some beautiful outdoor options such as mountains, gardens, beaches, and barns that can give natural sunlight as lighting. If you’re not an outdoorsy person, try to find a venue that is energy-efficient or has a lot of natural light. You can also be eco-friendly by having your ceremony and reception at the same place.
2. Renting > Buying
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The first step in going green is to be resourceful. Although you may think it is more convenient to just buy everything you may need at your wedding (and you might not even need it all), most things can be rented for a lesser cost. Renting decor items will also save you the hassle of storing them or throwing them away after the wedding is over. Renting from someone who uses vintage finds or getting creative with DIY decor are great ways to be eco-friendly. Another tip: after your wedding, ask the bartender to make sure that all empty bottles and cans get recycled.
3. Choosing a Caterer
When it comes to your wedding menu, don’t overdo it! Having a large buffet and tons of food that likely won’t get eaten is not a good way to be resourceful. When having plated meals there is less of a chance that tons of food will be wasted. When choosing a caterer, try to use someone that cooks with locally-grown food and ingredients over the ones that do not. Going with a seasonal menu is another great way to ensure you’re being sustainable. You can also ask if they donate any uneaten leftovers to homeless shelters.
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Remain conscious of the wedding favors that you decide to hand out. Buying hundreds of party favors, only to have many of them left behind is not cost-friendly or eco-friendly. An edible treat can be something that is very practical to send home as a wedding favor, and if you want to be more eco-friendly, try sending home plants or small bags of seeds!
5. Floral Fun
Choosing flowers that come from organic farms or working with a florist that sources flowers from local nurseries or farms can ensure that your floral creation is eco-friendly. Typically, choosing out-of-season flowers is not environmentally friendly due to the cost of them being imported from other countries, so be sure to stick with flowers that are in season. Another way to remain completely eco-friendly is by choosing succulents and other greenery options.