As couples begin to prioritize sustainability in all aspects of their lives, it comes as no surprise that eco-friendly wedding trends have gained immense popularity. With weddings being one of the most celebrated and memorable occasions, why not take this opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment? Planning an eco-friendly wedding not only reduces your carbon footprint but also sets a wonderful example for your guests. In this blog, we will highlight some innovative and inspiring eco-friendly wedding trends, along with useful tips for couples to incorporate them into their special day.
Whether you opt for traditional paper invitations or digital ones, there are ways to make them sustainable. Consider using recycled paper or plantable seed paper to minimize waste. Alternatively, you can go digital and create a beautiful e-invitation, saving both paper, energy, and cost! There are endless choices. And that, my friend, is the subject of a whole separate blog post in itself.
Mindful Menu Choices:
Choose a caterer who specialises in sustainable and locally sourced food. Incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables into your menu and opt for organic options wherever possible. Additionally, work with your caterer to minimize food waste through careful portion planning and the donation of leftovers to local food banks. We are lucky that at The Woodhouse Wollombi, our caterer, Fennel & Co, only works with fresh, seasonal produce.
Embrace nature-inspired decorations by using locally grown flowers and plants instead of imported ones. Consider potted plants as centrepieces, which can be gifted to guests or planted later. Alternatively, consider fake flowers. Fake flowers have really evolved over the past few years, and the really good ones look almost indistinguishable from the real ones. It might work out to be slightly more expensive, but the best thing is that you are not wasting anything and will have beautiful flowers that will last a lifetime to take home with you and reuse.
Choose sustainably made wedding attire by opting for organic fabrics, vintage gowns, or dress rentals. For accessories, consider lab-grown diamonds or vintage pieces. Additionally, encourage your wedding party to wear clothing they already own or rent outfits, rather than buying new ones.
Instead of traditional wedding favours that often end up unused, consider giving your guests eco-friendly and practical gifts. Options such as seeds, potted plants, reusable tote bags, or locally made organic products are not only thoughtful but also promote sustainability.
Carbon Offset Honeymoon:
As part of your sustainable wedding journey, take the opportunity to offset the carbon emissions from your honeymoon. Support a carbon offset project that aligns with your values and compensates for the environmental impact of your travel.
Eco-Conscious Photography and Videography:
Ensure your chosen photographer and videographer follow sustainable practices. Discuss options such as using digital albums, minimizing photo prints, and prioritizing energy-efficient equipment.
By adopting these eco-friendly wedding trends, couples can plan a truly memorable and sustainable celebration of love. Bridging the gap between romance and sustainability, these simple yet impactful choices will not only reduce the environmental impact of your wedding but also, hopefully, inspire your guests as well. Remember, small changes add up to a big difference, and planning an eco-friendly wedding is an excellent way to embark on your journey towards a more sustainable future.