Your wedding should be one of the most memorable days of your life! As a wedding photographer, I always pray that my brides and grooms will be surrounded by joy, happiness, and love not only during their big day but throughout the entire planning process. I hope in the weeks leading up to your day, you are overjoyed to pick your passed hor d’oeuvres, branded napkins, cake plates, and more! I am also continually blown away by the kindness of my couples. It’s been so neat to see all the ways that couples have chosen to use their day to make a difference in their corner of the world!
The term “sustainable” has definitely grown to be more trendy as of late-but what does that really mean? I LOVE grand events that have lots of beautiful florals, food and really create an experience for the bride, groom and guests. However, these types of gatherings have the tendency to create waste. As a fellow caretaker of this beautiful planet God has gifted us, I am all about reducing unnecessary waste in all kinds of ways. You also have a unique opportunity during this time to give back to your community as well! Planning a sustainable wedding is really just thinking carefully about the impact your event can have, and striving to make it a positive one!
I hope these tips and tricks below will help you give back to your community and the environment before and after you say “I Do!”
Ways to make your wedding more sustainable
- Host your wedding at a nonprofit venue-art museums are an excellent option!
- Use eco-friendly, recyclable invitations like those at Paper Culture (bonus-every order plants a tree!)
- Plan a bachelor/bachelorette celebration centered around serving your community or helping a cause close to your heart
- In lieu of gifts, have your guests donate to your favorite charity
- Have your guests plant flowers as their favor
- If eloping, practice Leave No Trace principles
- Opt for glass dishes over plastic so they can be reused
- Serve a farm-to-table meal from locally sourced vendors
- Donate any extra food to your local shelter
- Donate your flowers to a local nursing home
- Donate your wedding dress to someone in need
- Find a venue that offers recycling or composting bins on-site
- Keep your guest list smaller for a more intimate experience
- Rent tuxes for the groom and groomsmen
- Instead of confetti, use bio-degradeable rose petals
There are so many ways to enjoy your wedding day while also taking care of the environment. Did any of these tips inspire you to make small changes? I’d love to hear other suggestions on how to make your wedding make a difference!
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