The classic wedding may be white, but in an age when we are becoming more and more aware of the importance of sustainability, a green wedding is entirely possible too. If you’re searching for ideas on how to take an ethical approach, check out our list below for some gorgeous ways that will diminish waste and reduce your carbon footprint as you discover how to have a more sustainable wedding.
1.) Responsible rings
Incorporate eco-friendly aspects into your wedding right from the very start by choosing rings that have been sustainably sourced. From conflict-free and lab-grown diamonds to Fairtrade and recycled gold, there are plenty of ways to ensure your wedding bands have a transparent story behind them. Lab-grown diamonds are becoming increasingly popular and cutting edge technology means they share exactly the same DNA as a real diamond without contributing to the environmental damage and slave labor mining that surrounds the diamond industry. You can also choose recycled metal for your bands in everything from palladium to gold. Using a precious metal that has been refined ensures there is no further damage to the environment and means you are doing your bit to prevent waste.
2) Book local
Organizing a wedding can often be a logistical nightmare, but choosing to hire locally for everything from the decor to the catering not only reduces your carbon footprint, but also supports small businesses and the community. Whether you want a rock ‘n roll trio or a classical musician, hire a band from the local area and you’ll eliminate both the cost of transport and also the emissions used. For catering, choose a local company with an eco-friendly ethos that promotes farm-to-table dining and seasonal home-grown produce. This eliminates needless flown-in food and helps the local economy thrive. The same rules can be applied to your flowers. Pick an organic florist that only uses pesticide-free seasonal natural flowers.
3.) Eco-friendly invites
Bear in mind that the likes of glitter and glue are difficult to recycle, and consider creating wedding invitations with recycled paper that can also be recycled again. Better still, go digital and design online invitations that eliminate the need for paper altogether. This is a great way to keep everything on track on your computer, allowing you to be far more in control of your RSVPs. If you do decide to go the postal route, choose biodegradable plantable seed paper. When replanted in soil, the paper biodegrades and the seeds grow into flowers, vegetables or herbs. A beautiful way to start your sustainable wedding journey and let guests get involved as well.
4.) Choose a green venue
If you’re getting married in sunnier climates, choose a stunning outdoor setting and make the most of a beautiful natural landscape. Whether it’s on the beach, at a vineyard, or in verdant forest, you’ll eliminate the need for fairy lights and extra decor and instead make use of extraordinary natural light and inbuilt scenery. This reduces the need for added wasteful decor and brings down the use of energy. If al fresco isn’t possible, research venues that promote sustainability and are passionate about the environment. This can include everything from energy-efficient or solar-powered buildings to locations that support local wildlife, and venues that use recycled materials and do everything to reduce their fossil fuel. The results of using nature’s gifts at your wedding are sure to create an even more magical affair.