Going green is a movement and a wedding trend that makes sense. Weddings do not need to be wasteful. If you are conscientious of the environment and are looking for ideas for an eco-friendly wedding, you have come to the right place. We have a few tips for reducing the size of your footprint and creating the eco-friendly wedding of your dreams.
Flowers for an Eco-Friendly Wedding
Flowers can be one of the most wasteful items at weddings. We cut the stems and use them once. All of the flowers are cut to stage one single event and tossed away. If you are using fresh flowers, you might consider using potted plants or donate your cut flowers after your wedding. The best way to avoid waste with floral arrangements is to use artificial flowers that are part of the design of a wedding venue. These flowers are reused without creating waste. Foam is commonly used in floral arrangements. Floral foam contains chemicals and is not biodegradable. Make sure your florist and venue are not using floral foam. If they are, request that they do not use it at your event.
Food is another wasted item at weddings. Buffet-styled events allow for an uneven distribution of food among guests and produce leftovers in dumpsters. Plated meals are an intelligent alternative to the buffet. Plated meals portion food on each plate and serve guests without waste. Using the chinaware at your wedding venue will eliminate the waste of disposable dishes.
Eco-Friendly Wedding Jewelry
Think about that one carat diamond. Now imagine removing almost 250 tons of the earth, about 130 gallons of water, about 140 pounds of air pollution and contaminating billions of gallons of water with runoff from mining. While the diamond is a pretty picture, the true environmental cost is not. Repurpose old stones in a new setting or go with the vintage ring. Pawn shops can be a great place to find used jewelry. If you want something new with the look of a diamond, consider lab-created diamonds or moissanite.
Décor for an Eco-Friendly Wedding
There is no need to bring in outside décor to design a wedding venue when the décor already exists. Hosting your wedding at an all-inclusive venue with designs can save money, time and the environment. The designs can be customized with a variety of reusable floral arrangements, vases, candelabras, linens and accent pieces. Cloth napkins are part of the design, and are an eco-friendly wedding alternative to disposable napkins.
Edible Wedding Favors
Your guests will always enjoy edible favors, and so will the environment. Materials produce waste in the process of making favors that usually end up becoming waste. Fruits, nuts and candies make eco-friendly wedding favors that everyone will love. You might want to create special edible favors for guests with food allergies
You will only wear your wedding dress once. Most bridesmaids hang up their dress and never wear it again. Shopping for upcycled and handmade wedding attire or renting your wedding attire can save money and the environment. There are plenty of places to shop or rent wedding attire, such as Etsy and Rent the Runway.
Wedding Invitations are traditionally printed on paper and placed inside of more paper. Your invitations are another way to save the trees and go green. A trending alternative to print wedding invitations is to create decorative email invitations. If you want the traditional and formal invite, you could choose to print on recycled paper.
The Crystal Ballroom
The Crystal Ballroom is a luxurious wedding venue that is focused on the environment. This picturesque wedding venue includes all of the furnishings, décor and chinaware for a full three course meal. Reusing you décor and chinaware reduces your costs and the negative effects on the environment. Bring imagination to The Crystal Ballroom and plan an eco-friendly wedding in a venue designed just for you. Schedule a VIP tour and meet professional planners and a master design team.