Your wedding is meant to be the greatest day of your life, but it can also be one of the most wasteful—tossed paper goods, excess food thrown away, and leftover flowers dumped in the garbage. We're not saying to skip the party or those gorgeous details, but consider these eco wedding ideas, featuring small changes that can make a major impact.
Propose with Estate Jewelry
You can also switch up your approach to finding a ring by going vintage. Instead of hitting up your nearest jeweler, consider reusing or recycling a ring. Propose with a family heirloom, like Prince Harry did with Meghan Markle's engagement ring, or shop at an estate jewelry store for one-of-a-kind pieces.
Choose Eco-Friendly Invitations
As wedding vendors become increasingly environmentally conscious, it's easier than ever to find invitation suites that are printed on recycled paper or use alternative materials like upcycled fabrics, leather, and wood.
You can also opt for an outdoor space. This is a great way to be one with nature on your wedding day: a lush forest, rolling hills, or a picturesque vineyard are all stunning spots to say “I do.”
Opt for Sustainable Meals
Food can be a hotly debated topic in the eco-friendly wedding conversation. Look for caterers who focus on local, sustainable, and seasonal cuisine. Ask about the farmers that they work with as well as how they source proteins, including seafood and beef. The more local, the less carbon-footprint from long distance shipping.
Reduce Food Waste
Any large affair will have leftovers and buffet dinners are a huge offender. What happens to all the extra chicken in the chafing dish? It’s tossed in the trash post-service. Opt for plated dinners to avoid excess food, and if you do go for a buffet, speak to your caterer about saving leftovers.