You've heard of something blue for your wedding, now let us introduce something green! Sustainability trends have become increasingly popular in recent years—and for good reason! These trends tend to be unique, adorable, and good for the environment. If you're taking a more sustainable approach when planning your wedding, we've got some great eco-friendly tips to help you out!
*In the tune of Olivia Newton-John's Physical* Let's get digital, digital! After setting the date comes sending the invites. Virtual invitations are just as effective as traditional invites and they have a much more eco-friendly footprint! Virtual invites cut back on use of paper, and consequently the waste when the invite is inevitably thrown away after the big day. They also avoid emissions during the mailing process! You can make any digital invite just as cute as a traditional one. And let's face it, it's 2023—everyone is on their phones! Virtual invites are more likely to elicit a response more quickly, thus helping you out in the planning process.
When it comes to wedding decor, you can find most of the essentials at your local thrift store! Thrift stores and vintage markets have tons of options when it comes to glassware, frames, mirrors, and linens. Facebook Marketplace is also a great way to find secondhand wedding items from brides looking to get rid of their own decor! Thrifted pieces provide a unique touch to your wedding decor, and you can get super creative with the items you find. Thrift some frames for your wedding signs. If the color doesn't match the vibe you're going for, a fresh coat of paint is a simple solution! There's no shortage of glassware at any thrift store, so why not thrift your drinking glasses? Not only is this a lovely way to provide each guest their own special glass, but it can double as a favor for them to take home at the end of the night. When all is said and done, consider donating your decor to continue the cycle for another sustainable bride.
Eco-Friendly Exit Toss
We're totally here for an extravagant grand exit on your wedding day! To get that aesthetic exit shot (you know the one), guests will typically toss things like confetti or pop streamers. While we love this idea, it's likely that not every piece of confetti or streamer will get cleaned up. Some confetti material can take years to break down, if it ever does. Avoid this by making your own biodegradable confetti to toss! Grab a hole puncher, some leaves or flowers of your choice, and get to punchin'! You can even make it a group effort. Grab your bridesmaids, some wine, and dedicate a day to confetti making! Not big on confetti? Dried flowers are a stunning option, too! An added perk to this trend is that you won't even have to clean it up after it's tossed.
Reuse and Repurpose
One of the most sustainable things you can do after the wedding is keep the decor! Reusing or repurposing things from your wedding ensures that you get your money's worth and keeps it from getting tossed after a single use. Try to purchase items that can double as home decor after the wedding! Use mirrors (bonus points if they're thrifted) as wedding signage. Write on them with a paint pen and then wash it off after the wedding. Who doesn't love a tablescape? Many elements can be reused or repurposed for your home. Plates, vases, and glassware can all be reused in various ways after the big day. Place table runners on a mantle or console table. If you have multiples of one item, give them to your friends or family to use in their homes!
You can still have your dream wedding while being environmentally conscious! Having sustainable elements can make your wedding stand out and avoid negatively impacting the environment and excessive waste.