With Earth Day approaching and environmentalism taking the world by storm, eco-weddings have become all the rage. However, the trend favours practical enviro-efforts over “hippie” clichés – think plantable wedding invitations over compost centrepieces.
If you’re an eco-conscious bride, here are some important (and often recyclable!) green wedding ideas to implement on your big day.
Eat Local and Organic
If there’s one thing that you should “green” at your wedding, it’s the menu. Locally grown catering, featuring fresh organic produce and free-range meats, is now significantly more accessible.
Below are some examples of North American seasonal food choices that can be incorporated into a wedding menu.
- Spring: asparagus, artichokes, mushrooms, spinach, rhubarb, leeks, crab, lamb.
- Summer: apples, tomatoes, cilantro, carrots, peppers, basil, string beans, duck, lamb.
- Fall: broccoli, cranberries, potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, cauliflower, squash, lamb, mussels.
- Winter: broccoli, potatoes, kale, leeks, brussels sprouts, crab, mussels.
Beverage-wise, avoid bottled water. Instead, plan your ceremony around a space that has accessible tap water. If available, buy locally made alcoholic drinks instead of imported.
Eco-Friendly Wedding Favours
Let’s be honest, the last item your guests will want to receive is a clichéd wedding favour with no sustainable, practical or personal impact. Instead, surprise your guests with a more thoughtful, eco-friendly wedding favour.
Eco-friendly wedding favours are generally natural and recyclable, and best of all – they can actually use them! Tasteful, environmentally-sound wedding favours include bamboo cheese boards, pure beeswax candles and plantable wine tags.
Dress Yourself In Vintage
Why waste money and harm the environment by purchasing a brand new wedding dress that you’ll likely only wear once? Buying used doesn’t necessarily mean you have to settle for yellow stains and missing buttons.
There are plenty of vintage boutiques that sell high-quality wedding garments. If you’d rather not buy used, consider selling your wedding dress after the ceremony (or if you’re feeling sentimental, pass it down to relatives) so other brides-to-be can enjoy it!
A Unique Outdoor Location
Outdoor weddings don’t necessarily mean that you’ll be rained on. As a great wedding venue, party tents allow guests to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of an enclosed space. Fresh green air, with protection against the elements.
When choosing an outdoor locale, other green wedding ideas include the beach, by a lake, in a meadow or at your favourite park – all of which provide the perfect backdrop for naturally-lighted wedding photography.
As your way of contributing to the environment, you’ll be occupying a space that doesn’t rely on electricity, with plenty of fresh oxygen.
Do you have any other “green” wedding ideas to share? Interested in eco-friendly wedding favours or decorations that we don’t currently stock? Get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.