How To Reduce Your Wedding Waste

Reduce wedding wasteWedding can be filled with literally tons of waste but making some smart choices can reduce the waste you create getting to your wedding day! Here are some tips on how your can save the planet and still have a day to remember.

Save the Dates and Invitations

I am a huge fan of stationary, I think it has a place even in our eco-friendly lifestyle and weddings are one of the places I think paper should be used. Paper invitations can still be eco-friendly.

Save the dates as an electronic invite has become common and acceptable. You can use services like Evite or MailChimp to design and a save the date to your friends and family.  If you want to make something special and personalized you can find tons of designers on Etsy who can design a great digital image to use as your save the date.

Invitiations are obviously a huge expense but there are tons of ways you can create eco-friendly invitations. Small choices make a huge difference like using recycled paper or less thick card stock. I also recommend that you make your response card  a postcard it will use less paper to create.

Thank you notes are very important, your guest love to know that you enjoyed their gift. If Paper Culture was around when I got married I would have used them for wedding thank you notes and I know just how I would have done it.  I use Paper Culture all the time for my holiday cards, birth announcements and thank you notes for all my kids events. You can upload you favorite picture or pictures from the wedding, write a personalized and different message to each recipent and they will mail it directly to them for you. If I were a bride now I would use a picture of the guest as the thank you note image… it does not cost that much to make individual cards and it will be such a personal keepsake. Did I mention they print on 100% post-consumer recycled paper for cards envelopes, and packaging. They also plant a tree with every order and are a certified CarbonFree company!

I would have never had an arrangement like this at my wedding if I had not teamed up with the other bride!

I would have never had an arrangement like this at my wedding if I had not teamed up with the other bride!

Flowers

Choose flowers that are local and in season to where your wedding is located. If you are having a destination in Fiji do not ask for pink roses in your bouquet. Here is a great resource of flowers and when they are in season.  If you are getting married in the winter do not shy away from everygreens either.

If you are getting married at banquet hall talk to the venue about asking them to be in touch with the other event going on either in the same room as you or in another room the same day. It costs florist less to produce an event if they are able to combine their manpower. When I got married, I did not get to chose the florist there was an in house florist. I had a day time wedding and the wedding after me was using the same colors. He combined our money and wants and created amazing pieces that stayed in the rooms all day for both events. The bride after me had a much larger budget and I reaped the rewards.

Decorations and Favors

This is the place that the bride and groom have the most creative license and can show their personality and the place where you can flex your green muscle. This is also the place where Pinterest shines so rather than boring you with TONS of ideas I made an eco-friendly wedding decorations board that will show you all the amazing things you can do.

Other posts this week about eco-friendly wedding ideas. Here is the line up: