Whether you’ve heard the reports about the event industry being a bit un-environmentally friendly or you’re just trying to do your best to lessen your carbon footprint in general, there are some important ways you can help to plan an eco friendly wedding. Let’s dive in…
Instead of intricate several-card invitation suites, consider reducing the stationery to an invite and an RSVP card — possibly even combining your save the dates and invitations into one. Or you can go entirely paperless! For a more traditional route, you can order your suites through eco-friendly suppliers as well to off-set if you do want to keep them a little more involved.
Consider also your transportation needs. If you can lessen the amount of travel guests need to do from one location to the next, or if guests can carpool, that could be a great option.
And of course the biggest “reduce” suggestion is to reduce your guest count. Having 80-100 guests is a very different footprint than 200-300 (and 20 is very different from 100!) From food to flights and everything in between, cutting down on the number of people makes a big difference as well.
Reusing decor throughout the day is another great option for being more eco-friendly, and a double benefit is you can lower your costs for the day too! Buying floral decor that can be moved from ceremony to reception, and using your wedding party’s flowers for centerpieces or other table decor, can really make a big difference.
For other decor, choose items you actually would like to display in your home. If you don’t want 15 lanterns with candles in them, see if a rental company has a similar option you can rent that they can use over and over!
These tips are just the tip of the iceberg to plan an eco friendly wedding, but they are a good starting spot! Leave your other suggestions in the comments for how couples can dive even deeper into environmentally friendly weddings.