Your wedding day is a celebration of love, and what better way to express that love than by making conscious choices that benefit the planet? Embracing an eco-friendly approach to your wedding not only minimizes your environmental footprint but also creates a celebration that reflects your commitment to a sustainable future. Here's a guide to planning an eco-friendly wedding from start to finish.
1. Invitations and Save-the-Dates:
Opt for digital invitations or use recycled paper for physical ones. Consider providing detailed information on a wedding website to minimize the need for additional paper inserts. Our graphic designer can definitely come up with a creative way to make all of this look spectacular.
2. Sustainable Attire:
Choose attire made from eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, or silk. Maybe choose something you can rewear afterwards. Avoid fast fashion and overseas gowns, as they travel from far to get here. Choose a locally made gown. Our dress designers can assist you in the creation of a more sustainable attire made right here in Canada, reducing your carbon footprint.
3. Venue Selection:
Choose a venue that aligns with eco-friendly practices. Outdoor weddings or venues with green certifications can significantly reduce the environmental impact. La cachette du héron is an outdoor venue that can definitely align with an eco-friendly vision. There are plenty of venues that have embraced a green approach.
Embrace natural and reusable decor items. Consider potted plants, reusable banners, or rented decor that can be returned with no waste after the wedding. At Bloem Atelier Floral, we try to be as sustainable as possible. We work with local flower producers to reduce our carbon footprint and have a great selection of rentable items that can be personalized with beautiful fresh flowers and foliage from our local farms.
5. Local and Seasonal Cuisine:
Opt for locally sourced and seasonal foods to support local farmers and reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation. Choose a caterer who prioritizes sustainability.
6. Eco-Friendly Favors:
Instead of traditional favors, consider gifting guests eco-friendly items such as reusable shopping bags, plantable seeds, or locally sourced treats.
7. Zero-Waste Ceremony:
Plan a zero-waste ceremony by providing reusable ceremony programs, avoiding excess confetti or rice, and encouraging guests to carpool or use eco-friendly transportation.
Things NOT to Do:
Avoid single-use plastics such as disposable plates, cups, and utensils. Opt for reusable or compostable alternatives.
2. Wasteful Decor:
Minimize the use of one time use or non-biodegradable decorations. Avoid plastic floral arrangements that may go to waste. We know they can be resold or given to guests, but most of the time we find them all over the venue because guests did not take them home or you just get stuck with them unsold. On the other hand, renting a fake flower arrangement then returning it ensures that it will be reused. At Bloem, we have a few available options.
3. Excessive Food Waste:
Plan your catering carefully to avoid excessive food waste. Work with your caterer to donate any surplus food to a local charity or tell your guests to take some home by buying reusable containers.
Things to Give Afterwards:
1.Donate Fresh Flowers: Arrange for your wedding flowers to be donated to hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. It spreads joy and minimizes floral waste.
2. Re-Gift or Donate Decor: Re-gift or donate your wedding decor to friends, family, or local organizations. This ensures that these items continue to bring joy rather than ending up in a landfill.
3. Recycle or Repurpose: If you have leftover wedding items, packaging, or decorations, explore recycling options or get creative with repurposing them for your home or future events.
An eco-friendly wedding is a beautiful way to express your love for each other and the planet. By incorporating sustainable practices, you contribute to a greener, more compassionate world. Remember, even small choices can make a big impact. Your wedding day can be both memorable and environmentally conscious, creating beautiful moments that last a lifetime.
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