I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always eco-friendly. As much as I try to be, I don’t always bring my reusable cup everywhere (although I’m obsessed with it). I also did say yes to the cashier at Trader Joe’s when he ask if I wanted to buy a bag. I’m not proud of it and I am working on being better this year!
But when it comes to the outdoor, adventurous weddings I plan, going green is a big focus. So let’s jump right in, shall we?
Rent real glassware
Yes, you’ll have to pay a little extra. However, not only are you eliminating plastic cups entirely from your wedding but you’re upping the classiness of your wedding too. I love the contrast of having a laid back outdoor wedding but throwing elements like nice glassware and beautiful plates at the dinner tables to add a touch of elegance.
Choose locally grown flowers
Of course, succulents are ideal for outdoor weddings, especially desert weddings, but I also absolutely love a table full of colorful flowers. Ask your florist if there’s a way to incorporate more native flowers in your bouquet and centerpieces. Not only are you reducing your carbon footprint, but locally grown flowers are also fresher and look more vibrant on your big day!
Skip the wedding favors
I always tell my clients that if you’re looking to save money, skip the wedding favors. Unless it’s something meaningful, a lot of favors get left behind at the end of the night. If you absolutely must have favors, how about opting for a plantable one. This is perfect for local weddings (remember, your out-of-town guests might have to fly home with whatever you give them) and it’s something that can be planted and become a part of your guests yards or homes.
Don’t print programs
I see wedding programs less and less these days. Instead, I’m noticing that my clients are getting creative with signage. Whether it’s a weekend schedule on a chalkboard sign or a ceremony program on a mirror, there are so many ways to avoid the paper printouts!
Choose vendors who are eco-conscious.
Listen, it’s impossible to have a 100% eco-friendly wedding but when you have wedding vendors who are on board with the idea of reducing the overall carbon footprint it makes planning your wedding this way a lot easier!
BONUS: Some venues like Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree will even give you a discount on the venue rental fee if you commit to their “Green Wedding” program! So going green can even save you money on your wedding day and who can say no to that!
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