AUTHORS BIO: Katelyn has been photographing weddings and elopements across New England for the past decade. Katelyn believes in changing the wedding industry for the better by promoting waste-free, sustainable practices to her clients and colleagues. She sees EFW as a huge opportunity to encourage and enlighten couples to the options they have and to become an ambassador for the planet.
Weddings are a special day that many people dream of, but have you ever stopped to think about the environmental impact of all that goes into a wedding day? As we move towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable way of living, it’s important to consider the impact our wedding celebrations have on the Earth. We’ve gathered the five most wasteful wedding items and offer tips on how to make your special day more sustainable and Earth-friendly! Happy sustainable wedding planning!
While they’re a classic and beautiful tradition, they’re also not eco-friendly. Think about all the paper that goes into making them, only to be thrown away after the event. Maybe you save one or two, but for the majority of your invited guests, they will end up in the waste. Instead, consider sending out any of these invitation alternatives, or creating a wedding website where guests can RSVP and get all the information they need.
Your wedding day flowers are a big thing, right? But, they’re also a huge source of waste. Most floral arrangements are only used for a few hours before being thrown away and they can be incredibly expensive. Instead, consider using potted plants or reusing floral arrangements in other parts of the wedding or reception. Luckily, we’ve gathered a few wedding flower alternatives that will be sure to create the wedding of your dreams in a sustainable way!
This might be one of the most wasteful wedding day items. From straws to cups to utensils or water bottles, there are a lot of plastic items that are used once and then thrown away. Instead, opt for reusable or biodegradable options. You can find bamboo utensils, paper straws, and even cups made from cornstarch!
Wedding favors are another area where waste and the cost can accumulate quickly. Many couples opt for small trinkets or gifts that are often left behind or thrown away. Instead, consider these eco-friendly wedding favor alternatives. Donations to your favorite charity, supporting local businesses by buying their goods, or reusable straws are just some eco-friendly wedding favors to give your guests!
While they’re a beautiful, emotional, and important part of your wedding day, wedding dresses can also be incredibly wasteful. Many dresses are only worn once before being stored away or thrown away. Instead, consider renting a dress or buying second hand. You can find beautiful and unique dresses that are not only eco-friendly but also cost-effective!
There are many ways to make your wedding more Earth-friendly and sustainable. From paper invitations to wedding dresses, there are plenty of opportunities to reduce waste and make a positive impact on the environment! By making small changes, we can all do our part to create a better future for ourselves and the planet.