Your wedding is meant to be the greatest day of your life, but with tossed plastic pieces/bags, excess food thrown away, and leftover flowers dumped in the garbage, paper strewn all over, it can also be one of the most wasteful. We’re not saying you should skip the party or forgo those gorgeous details, but if you’re eco-conscious and want to reduce your event’s effect on the environment, there are plenty of small changes you can make that will have a major impact.
Planning a green wedding doesn’t necessarily have to be harder than planning a less environmentally friendly affair. These days, sustainable wedding ideas are plentiful, with more eco-friendly wedding decorations on the market and greener options for catering, invitations, and more.
If you want to throw a more sustainable celebration we’ve some eco-friendly wedding ideas that will inspire you to do some good for the environment on your big day. (You’ll win some major karma points with Mother Nature, too!)
Choose E-vites over Paper Invites
The effort, money and paper that is wasted in printed invites is colossal. Replacing the traditional wedding invites with the e-invites will not only help you avoid waste of plastic and paper that come along with printed wedding invites, but will help you save money and time as well.
Today technology has made it possible to send E-vites over WhatsApp Facebook and through email with a press of a button. These invites are very attractive and contemporary. The additional advantage is you can be as creative as you want to be. Some sites are also offering video invites.
Opt for a Charity Registry
If material gifts aren’t your thing, consider a charity registry as part of your big day. This allows you and your guests to donate to causes close to your heart, especially foundations with a focus on the environment or animal welfare. There are so many to choose from. A charity registry is an especially good idea if you and your partner already live together and don’t necessarily need to register for items like kitchenware, linens, and household décor.
Pick an Eco-Friendly Venue
The easiest way to have an environmentally friendly wedding and shrink your celebration’s carbon footprint? Choose a ceremony and reception site that takes sustainability seriously. You can search for hotels and event spaces with LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certifications and Energy Star ratings. With so many beautiful venues going green, you won’t have to sacrifice style to be sustainable.
Marry in the Great Outdoors
You can also opt for an outdoor space. This is a great way to be one with nature on your wedding day: a lush forest, rolling hills, or a picturesque vineyard are all stunning spots to say “I do.”. You’ll also save on your energy usage by cutting down on the amount of lighting you’ll need—thank you, sunshine! Even better? All the natural light will result in beautiful photographs.
Opt for eco-friendly Decor
Don’t spend a fortune on flower décor on your wedding. We all know that flowers are perishable and once they are plucked they won’t stay for long. Hence, the best is to go for eco-friendly ways, instead of using flower décor on your wedding and affecting the environment, go for cloth décor.
Believe it or not, cloth decors not only look beautiful but also give it a romantic look. You can get yards of cotton/rayon sheets in different colors and decorate the entire venue with that including tables and ceilings. And it is really inexpensive. All you need to do is get creative with fabric and create a romantic, and intimate atmosphere at the venue.
Reduce Food Waste
All weddings will have leftovers, and buffet dinners are the worst offenders. What happens to all the extra chicken or paneer or the aloo gobi? It’s tossed in the trash pot. Speak to your caterer about saving leftovers and donating to a homeless shelter. Speak to the homeless shelter from before and organize it beforehand.
Also, give an accurate number of guests to the caterer for him to plan accordingly. Though caterers have fine-tuned the process of being efficient some excess food is always leftover.
Host a Day wedding
Weddings in a natural light will be mesmerizing! Most couples opt for a night wedding so that the celebrations can carry on till the next morning and are said to be more fun. But the truth remains that night events require extensive use of electricity and fuel-run generators, which is not a great idea for a couple who is environment-conscious. So, hosting a day wedding is the best option to go eco-friendly. Also, day weddings are pocket-friendly, as you are going to save a lot of money on lighting and other things.
Plastic has become an inevitable part of our lives, but it’s high time we all need to learn to say NO to plastic now. As plastic is the biggest threat to our environment. To have an absolute eco-friendly wedding, the best is to not use plastic items at the wedding. If it is not possible to avoid completely at least we can try to minimize its use. For instance, most weddings use plastic glasses for water, instead we can opt for metal tumblers. Metal tumblers can be rented. Likewise, wherever there is some use of plastic, make sure you go with an alternative.
Go for Cruelty-free Makeup Products
Another way to have an eco-friendly wedding is to go for cruelty-free makeup products. There are many brands offering cruelty-free makeup products, you can simply choose them for your makeup kit. You can ask your bridal makeup artist to use only cruelty-free makeup products.
Use Eco-Friendly Cutlery
Yes, these days edible as well as eco-friendly cutlery is also easily available. Avoid using regular cutlery at your wedding. There are many vendors who are producing edible cutleries that too in unique flavors that everybody at your wedding will like. Using edible cutlery is a beautiful way to save environment and minimize your wedding expenses as well.
Go for Eco-friendly Thank you notes
Last but not least, instead of sending a printed thank you note the most eco-friendliest way to send a thank you note is to send all your guests an e-note to say thanks. It will not only help you save a lot of paper, postage expenses, but also it will save a lot of time and money!!
Hope you like these unique and eco-friendly ways. These ways will not only allow you to host an eco-friendly wedding and reduce the impact of weddings on the planet but will also serve as a source of inspiration for your wedding guests to practice the same in their families. Today, what we all need are the will and effort to make eco-friendly weddings a reality. Believe it or not, but the truth remains that we are a few generations away from an apparently uninhabitable earth. Now it’s time to opt for environment-friendly approaches at home and taking part in nature conservation outside if we really want to save the environment now and for generations to come.
Thanks for reading, hope these ideas help!!
Host an eco-friendly wedding and contribute your part to the environment!!