Getting married is one of life’s big events. It can also be a big event for the environment too - and not always in a good way! More and more people are thinking of ways to minimize their footprint on this planet, and this also extends to weddings.
Here are some tips to help make your big day have a small impact on our environment (and maybe save you some money too):
- Use flowers that are in season and grown locally.
- Look for venues that use local, sustainably grown and harvested ingredients.
- In place of gifts, ask guests to donate money to a carbon offset organisation.
- Small potted herbs can do double duty as place cards and as take home favours.
- Receiving an invitation in the mail is very important for many people, so use recycled paper and materials where possible. Create a website to direct guests to for RSVP’s.
- Visit second hand stores for décor and centrepieces. This is great for an eclectic, shabby chic look.
- Look for a wedding dress that you can use after the wedding. My sister-in-law wore a stunning dress that she can, and has, worn out many times since. Also look for a dress made form sustainable, environmentally friendly materials.
- Select a venue that is central to the majority of your guests, so they are not required to travel as far. Help the environment more by selecting a location that is serviced well by public transport, or guests can easily walk to/from.
One may not be able to tick every box above, but making a few small changes can make a very big difference!