How to Up-Cycle Your Wedding!

Tons of articles exist on how to host an eco-friendly wedding, but what to you do about all of the items you have when the big day is over? Here are some suggestions for brides and grooms to be eco-friendly and re-use some of your favorites from the wedding!

The Ring

Yes, up-cycling can start before you even know you are planning a wedding! Family heirlooms are one of the best ways to up-cycle and have wonderful meaning for couples! Vintage diamonds are absolutely stunning and are often 100% certain to not be conflict diamonds, plus buying vintage decreases demand for conflict diamonds! Work dealer who is committed to obtaining precious metals and gemstones in ways that are socially and environmentally responsible. Some great places to go are Tiffany & Co., Ash Hilton, Brilliant Earth, Cred Jewellery, Dogeared, Leber Jeweler, and Ingle & Rhode!

April Smith Photo :: CvB Custom Jewelry :: Riane Murray
April Smith Photo :: CvB Custom Jewelry :: Riane Murray

Your Invitations!

It is so easy to repurpose old paper, old paper pulp or recycled paper for great, high quality cardstock that leaves a lighter environmental footprint! You can also do your save the dates electronically and only use that beautiful up-cycled paper for invitations. Careful though, recycled paper doesn’t always work best for bright white invitations, so we suggest using a solid color as a background instead. Here are some different options: recycled paper products and vegetable-based inks from The Windmill Paper Boutique, give your guests flowers, herbs or plants via Botantical Paper Works and their invitations imbedded with seeds or choose a different type of paper like cotton, bamboo or hemp.

The Windmill Paper Boutique & Traci Burke Photography :: Botanical PaperWorks
The Windmill Paper Boutique & Traci Burke Photography :: Botanical PaperWorks

The Flowers

Try finding sustainably farmed and produced florals, or have your center pieces be potted plants that can double as favors for guests! If you can take home your flowers, you can upcycle them into amazing decorations for you and your persons new home with a lovely, bright reminder of your special day. Look for local farm or gardener for your flowers. If there isn’t one by you, the floral counter at Whole Foods sources sustainably and ethically grown blooms.

First Photo by MyWedding :: Second Photo by Coco Red Events & eb photography :: Third and Fourth Photos by Melissa McClure Photography, Ashley Elizabeth Designs & Before I Do Events
First Photo by MyWedding :: Second Photo by Coco Red Events & eb photography :: Third and Fourth Photos by Melissa McClure Photography, Ashley Elizabeth Designs & Before I Do Events

The Dress

We all know that classic joke with bridesmaid’s dresses of “the best thing is you can hem it and wear it again!” Well, you can actually have your bridal and grooms parties dressed in clothes that are made by eco-friendly companies and they can actually repurpose! You can also go with vintage clothing – always great to add some creative flair to already stunning clothing! Some of the best clothing companies to look at are: EdunOrganic by John PatrickH&M ConsciousTitania InglisMelissa Joy ManningAmour VertZady and Beyond Skin.

First Photo by Heart and the Sea, Willow and Fleur & Pearl Button Bridal :: Second Photo by Whisper Shout Photos :: Third Photo by The Vintage Cult
First Photo by Heart and the Sea, Willow and Fleur & Pearl Button Bridal :: Second Photo by Whispershout Weddings :: Third Photo by The Vintage Cult