The Green Bride Guide states that the average wedding produces 400 pounds of garbage and 63 tons of CO2. With the wedding industry growing by the year, it’s more important than ever to think about how you can reduce your wedding footprint.
If you’re looking to reduce waste and save money for your wedding, there are plenty of ways you can do so.
Here are the top 9 things you can do to have a more sustainable special day.
Choose a Sustainable Venue
Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to ask your venue how they can help you host an eco-friendly celebration. Look for spaces with LEED certifications (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and Energy Star ratings.
Make sure you discuss waste, energy, and overall sustainability with your venue before making your final decision.
Think About the Destination
Hosting a local wedding will reduce both plane and car emissions. Think about where your guests will be coming from and keep convenience in mind as you’re planning.
Buy Ethical Rings
Antique diamonds are the way to go, but if you’ve already purchased your engagement ring, opt for an ethically sourced wedding band. Better yet, forgo the diamond and look into rings with stones that are more ethically sourced.
Printed wedding invites are often thrown away, making digital invites and save-the-dates a great way to save money while keeping the planet in mind. Think about printing a wedding suite just for you and your photographer, but opting for digital for your guests.
Rent or Go Vintage
Thrift stores are full of treasures that could make your day even more unique. Instead of buying linens, lighting, and other decor new, contact a local vendor that offers wedding decor rentals. That way, nothing goes to waste!
Opt for Cruelty-Free Cosmetics
Talk to your hair and makeup stylists about the products they use and make sure they aren’t tested on animals. Look into your options here and discuss your goal of sustainability with your beauty team before the big day.
Send Home Leftovers
Food waste is something many weddings struggle with, so make it a point to let your caterer know what you’d like to do with the leftover food. Instead of tossing it, send it home with guests or donate it to a local shelter.
Be Mindful About Your Exit
Though confetti might make for a fun photo, most of the brands you’ll find aren’t biodegradable. So instead, opt for tossing dried flowers, lavender, or fresh leaves. Not only will this be better for the environment, but you won’t have to worry about cleaning up afterward!
Skip the Favors & Registry
Instead of spending money on favors that are likely to be thrown away, let your guests know you’ve donated to an environmental charity of your choice. If gifts aren’t something you and your partner genuinely need, you can also opt for a charity registry, allowing your guests to donate to eco-friendly causes.
A handful of small changes can have a serious impact on both the environment and your bank account when it comes to hosting a sustainable wedding.
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