Weddings can be a wasteful event. If you're someone who cares about the environment then you might find wedding planning frustrating! There are so many things you want to include but they all come at a high cost to the environment.
In Honour of Earth Day 2018 we want to give brides a way to make their wedding more sustainable. Though completely "zero waste" may not be possible, don't let that stop you from doing your best! Learn how to throw a zero waste (or at least a low waste) wedding below.
Whether your have 25 guests or 300 guests, start your wedding on the right foot with zero waste stationery! It's really easy to make this switch. Choose to have e-vites instead of traditional paper invitations. If you're not into online invitations, choose recycled or seed paper for all your stationary.
A lot of couples these days are moving in together before getting married. This means traditional registries aren't usually necessary because you already have a lot of homewares! Instead, opt for a donation fund. Have guests contribute to your honeymoon, a down payment to your house, or another large purchase. Asking for money is becoming a lot more popular these days, and rightfully so. It is the perfect way to have a zero-waste wedding!
Flowers can be a large source of waste for weddings. Often times, many flowers are used for bouquets and decor and simply thrown out after. To make your wedding zero waste, you'll have to think of your florals. Don't worry though, there are a few options to make your flowers zero waste! One way is to buy silk flowers. These are faux flowers that look like real ones without any of the waste because you can use them after the wedding! Another option is to donate or compost your flowers after. You can donate to funeral homes or compost in your backyard to make your wedding zero waste!
Using disposable dinnerware may be inexpensive but it is far from sustainable. Instead, try to use reusable dinnerware. Think ceramic plates and cutlery with cloth napkins. Now you'll be able to wash the dinnerware and use it again. This easy switch makes your dinnerware zero waste!
An easy way reduce waste is to not actually buy but instead rent your wedding necessities. You can rent everything from tablecloths to bridesmaid dresses! Opting to rent instead of buying is a sustainable solution for your wedding. Instead of having waste afterwards, you simply give it back for another couple to use for their wedding.
Inevitably, your guests won't eat everything you serve at your wedding. You are almost certainly going to have leftovers. Instead of throwing it all in the trash, choose to compost any leftovers you have. This is an easy way to contribute to a zero-waste wedding!
As much as you think everyone will love their little handmade favours, a lot of guests will leave them behind at the wedding, never really use them, or even throw them out. This leads to a lot of unnecessary waste. Instead, put a philanthropic spin on your wedding. Have them vote for their favourite charity and make a donation in their name. This is a great way to reduce the waste of your wedding and keep your guests happy!
Yes, your wedding dress is sentimental. But really, you're never going to wear it again. Eventually it will end up in the landfill and contribute to your wedding's waste. Instead, opt to donate your dress for another bride to use. Not only does donating your dress add to your own zero waste wedding but you're also empowering another woman who may not have been able to afford their own wedding dress.
A zero waste wedding doesn't have to be daunting. With a few simple switches, you'll be able to have the zero waste wedding of your dreams! Looking for other eco-wedding hacks? Read our 10 Easy Tips For An Eco-Friendly Wedding.
Happy Earth Day!
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