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How to Say "I Do" While Giving Mother Nature a Break

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

Hey there, Earth-loving lovebird!

Are you ready to tie the knot without tying up the planet? Fear not, eco-conscious couples, because we've got your back. We've put together a list of tips for hosting a fabulous, low-waste wedding that won't break the bank (or the ozone layer). So let's get started, shall we? After all, there's no time like the present to save the future!

Upcycling is the New Black

Why buy new when you can give a second life to something old? Instead of purchasing brand new decorations, consider upcycling. Hit up facebook Marketplace, local thrift stores, garage sales, and antique shops to find hidden treasures. Transform vintage vases into fabulous centerpieces, or upcycle old tablecloths into napkins or chair covers. Bonus points if you can find your "something old" and "something borrowed" in one eco-savvy swoop.

Flower Power (With a Twist)

Sure, flowers are pretty, but do you know what's even prettier? A thriving ecosystem! Consider swapping out traditional cut flowers for potted plants, succulents, or even edible herbs. Not only will your wedding décor be more sustainable, but your guests will also have a blast taking home a living souvenir. And hey, who wouldn't want to remember your special day with a bouquet of fresh basil?

Food for Thought

Food waste is so last season. Opt for a menu that showcases locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Work with your caterer to create a meal plan that utilizes every part of your chosen ingredients, and consider offering a vegetarian or vegan option to lighten your wedding's carbon footprint. And remember, there's no shame in going buffet-style or serving smaller portions—trust us, Uncle Larry will still have enough to eat.

Dress to Impress (the Earth)

Your wedding gown doesn't have to cost the Earth, literally. Look for an eco-friendly designer or explore second-hand options. Rock a vintage gown that tells a story, or give a pre-loved dress a new lease on life with some alterations. And let's be real, who wouldn't want to channel their inner Kate Moss or Audrey Hepburn on their big day?

Digital Invites, Darling!

Paper invitations? How passé. Embrace the digital age with online invites that'll have your guests raving about your tech-savvy prowess. Not only will you save trees, but you'll also save on postage, and let's be honest, who wouldn't want a few extra bucks to put towards that honeymoon fund?

Green Gifts, Please!

Encourage your guests to go green by creating a sustainable gift registry. Whether it's donations to an environmental charity, items made from recycled materials, or experiences that won't end up in a landfill, there's no shortage of eco-friendly gift options. After all, nothing says "thanks for attending our wedding" like a compost bin, right?

So there you have it, lovebird—a blueprint for hosting the eco-friendly wedding of your dreams! With a little creativity and a whole lot of love for Mother Earth, you can have a celebration that's stylish, sustainable, and oh-so-memorable. Here's to a future filled with love, laughter, and one less plastic fork in the ocean. Cheers!

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