Eco-friendly and socially-conscious weddings, going green isn’t as difficult as you think it is!
Proud to be hosting on our blog some tips and inspiration on eco-weddings by the lovely Felicia at Will Work for Weddings.
Nature and environment have always been a big focus in our lives, not only as photographers, but also as human beings, we have always honoured the planet and nature. We teach our children daily how important it is to respect the environment in which we live, how important it is to be conscious about waste, about recycling, about making choices that will effect the planet positively - of course, there is sooo much we can still do to improve, on so many different levels!!
But here's a little article that hopefully will give you a little extra inspiration for a greener, more eco-friendly wedding. Even only opting for a couple of the points listed below would help making the whole wedding industry going towards a greener direction!
Hope you will enjoy it,
Benni & Carol xx
Weddings are happy, beautiful occasions that celebrate love. Yet weddings are also one of the biggest ways to waste resources. And because celebrations are done on a larger scale, the repercussions of amassing waste are bigger, too.
Now, we’re not saying you have to cancel the large parties altogether, or go one hundred percent waste-free. All we’re asking, is for you to consider taking these small yet impactful steps, into making your wedding as sustainable and waste-free, as possible.
1. Choose a local venue that is socially responsible
There are several considerations to keep in mind when confirming a venue. Whether it’s the budget, the look and feel of the space, and its location, you can now add one more thing to your list of must-haves: one that practices eco-friendly measures.
These venues are the ones that minimise food waste by obtaining food sources locally or regionally, harness the use of solar energy and rain water, and so on.
A venue that looks great on its own without much décor, is great too.
2. Find the right dress
If you’re not particular, opt for a vintage dress, secondhand, or find a bridal salon that offers dress rental services instead. That’s a sure way to minimise using resources that go into the making of a brand-new wedding dress that you’re only going to wear once in your life.
3. Rewear your suit
Already own a suit? Consider asking your groom to wear that for the wedding. Even if he wants to make a new one, he’ll probably get more wear out of his suit than your dress.
4. Sustainable wedding rings
When looking for your wedding rings, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Think vintage bands that offer character and charm, ethically-sourced diamonds or gemstones (psst, you really can’t tell the difference with lab-grown diamonds!), or rings made out of recycled metal.
5. Biodegradable invitations and save the dates
In this day and age, we don’t quite see the need of having physical save the days, and invitation suites anymore. However, for your elderly or more traditional relatives and friends, consider printing your invitations on recycled paper, or seed paper instead. The latter is made out of material that grows into plants when left in the garden, or a pot of soil. When looking for your wedding stationer or printer, be sure to ask if he or she gives back to the environment in other ways, too.
6. Favours for charity
Skip favours your guests may not appreciate, and put that money into a charitable cause that’s close to your heart instead.
7. Sustainable gifts
In your wedding registry, opt for items that help minimise waste, such as lunchboxes, reusable straws, silicone bags, linen bags for produce, and so on. If you already have a home, and don’t need extra items, consider having your guests make donations to a charity of your choice, in lieu of wedding gifts.
8. Reusable crockery
Should you require the services of a caterer, look for one that uses reusable plates, cutlery, and mugs, instead of plastic ones. If you’re unsuccessful, ask your caterer if you’re able to bring your own reusables instead.
9. Take it home
Minimise food waste by encouraging your guests to take excess food home if they are unable to finish theirs! This is more likely if you’re having a buffet instead of a sit-down meal.
10. Your flowers
Freshly-cut blooms aren’t the best for the environment. They’re also not the most practical either. Mitigate the situation by looking for a florist that works with local flowers for your bouquet, as well as uses foam-free arrangements instead. Also, swap the flowers for something else instead, if you can! For instance, replace table floral arrangements with potted flowers, bottles of wine, dessert, or even practical favours your guests can reuse over again.
11. Donate them
Once your wedding’s over, reuse, recycle, or donate your unwanted decorations – especially flowers – to organisations that could use them.
12. Rent, or buy second hand
If you can, check out websites that offer décor rentals, or buy second hand decorations off brides before you, or at thrift stores. Here, you get to enjoy savings, and minimise waste at the same time. Win-win!
13. Eco-friendly confetti
Should you have an exit toss, consider confetti that’s made from biodegradable or recycled material such as recycled paper, flower petals, or leaves.
We really hope you enjoyed reading through these tips that the lovely Felicia at Will work for Weddings kindly shared with us, we would love to read in the comments below if you are taking "green" choices for your wedding and if so, how!
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