A wedding celebration is a special time to celebrate love and commitment with family and friends but they can also generate a lot of waste.
According to The Knot, the average wedding generates 400 pounds of garbage, much of which ends up in landfills.
If you want to plan a sustainable wedding to reduce your impact on the environment, here are some easy ideas for eco-friendly wedding decorations.
Venue & Catering
- Select a venue that is already beautiful so you won’t need to do much in the way of decoration which also means less waste.
- Consider an eco-friendly venue that uses renewable energy such as solar panels.
- Choose caterers that source local, seasonal and organic produce.
- Use real plates, silverware, glasses, or disposable palm leaf plates and bowls that are biodegradable for that peace of mind.
- Consider printing your menu on recycled paper and using it as a placemat.
Floristry & Plants
- Choose flowers that are in season and native to your area. Contact a florist that is close to the wedding venue to reduce the carbon footprint.
- Consider donating your cut flowers to a local hospital or nursing home after the wedding or giving away the flowers as part of the wedding favors.
- Use burlap or jute as an eco-friendly alternative to ribbon for the flowers.
- Paint glass jars or other recycled glass bottles and containers to use as vases for your flowers.
- Use potted plants and succulents as decoration. Potted plants are a beautiful and sustainable way to decorate for your wedding. You can use them as centerpieces, aisle markers, or even as wedding favours for your guests to take after the wedding.
- Use leaves, branches, or log pieces for a natural feel.
- Fill glass jars with shells, pebbles, or other natural materials for rustic wedding decor.
- Consider visiting the local charity shops or browsing online for second-hand fabrics that can be used as table runners.
- Use tree bark, log pieces or recycled paper for name signs.
- Use hole punchers to create biodegradable confetti out of tree leaves.
- Use LED lights instead of traditional lightbulbs.
- String up some LED Edison bulb lights for a vintage vibe that is still eco-friendly.
- Consider using solar-powered lights for your outdoor wedding if your venue allows it.
- Use beeswax candles instead of paraffin candles. Beeswax is biodegradable with cleansing properties when burnt whilst paraffin candles can produce soot and stains (keep these away from the wedding dress!)
- Use recycled sari fabric or vintage scarves as draping fabric for a bohemian-themed wedding style.
- Use natural wool instead of nylon for your hanging decorations like dream catchers. Nylon is not biodegradable and takes centuries to decompose.
- Bamboo sticks, tree branches, or even driftwood can be used to create unique hanging decorations.
- Consider hanging paper lanterns for decorating.
- Get creative with other eco-friendly wedding ideas like using recycled wood for signage or seating charts. These can also become keepsakes after the wedding.
- Consider using bamboo or other sustainable materials for decorations. Avoid using plastics or other non-biodegradable materials.
Wedding planning can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be!
From sustainably sourcing wedding dresses to creating eco-friendly wedding favors and biodegradable wedding decor, there are many eco-friendly ways to reduce wedding waste on your big day.
These are just a few easy ways to get started. With a little creativity, you can have a beautiful and sustainable wedding that you and your guests will remember for years to come.
We will have more eco-wedding ideas to come so be sure to stay tuned at The Wholeleaf Co for more eco-friendly wedding tips in the future.
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