As millennial couples are taking over, it is becoming increasingly important to know how to make your special day easier on the environment (and your wallet!). Check out these three areas where you can truly make an impact!
Pick a venue you know sorts out recycling, compost and trash. By having your event at a venue that is already committed to decreasing their environmental footprint is an easy, worry free way to continue your eco-friendly theme! Other ways you can make your venue eco-friendly is choosing somewhere that is naturally beautiful so there is a need for less decor. Finally, get married locally, that will decrease the large fuel footprint that will be made from guests traveling to your special day! You can also check to see if your venue re-uses their rentals. Consider lighting your venue with candles not only to add to the overall ambiance of the night, but decrease your use of electricity!
Whether you’re doing your food yourself or hiring a caterer, make sure you know your plate sizes, number of guests in attendance and where you are sourcing your food from! Get it from a local organic farm to make the food even more delicious for your guests! You can also ensure that you use decomposable cutlery and dish wear (but you’re not using 100% glassware) throughout the ceremony and reception. Check out Susty Party or BioandChic.com for some beautiful, compostable dishes made for a cause! There are also fabulous organic wines and champagnes or locally brewed craft beer that your guests would love and are better for the environment! Buying your beer in bulk (i.e. a keg) reduces the waste from containers – give your guests cute cups to refill all night with their name card! Look at The Organic Wine Company for certified organic and vegan wines and Organic Consumers for the goods on socially responsible products and services, plus a list of organic caterers in your area.
Your Favors and Gifts
We all know how hard it is to figure out what to give your guests that is not a complete waste of money and will be left behind. Seeds, plants and succulents have experienced exponential popularity in weddings over the last few years, but those are the only options. Consider asking for a charitable donation to go towards a green organization or register for part of your honeymoon in lieu of traditional gifts. Check out Plant A Memory for Green guest favors, like flower bulbs and tree seedlings or plant a tree in their honor through American Forests Global ReLeaf or donate an acre of rainforest! You can also purchase fun favors that you just like from companies with a cause – check out ONEHOPE Wine, the Arbor Day Foundation or Oprah’s site for gifts that give back. If you don’t want to go any of these routes, make sure you give your guests something they can use at your wedding and again – like water bottles.