Although I’m in the midst of planning my dream day, I have to admit that the extravagance of weddings often makes them very wasteful. Between invitations, your single-use dress, imported flowers, mined jewelry, aisle runners and other decor, and all the other “trash” that your big day leaves behind, the environmental impact of weddings can be huge.
To combat this, many eco-conscious couples are demonstrating their “green” ways by planning an event with a bit smaller footprint. And with all the resources now available to us, there are many ways to plan an eco-savvy event without sacrificing style or elegance!
How you ask? I’m not claiming to be an expert, but here are a few ways I know of to lessen your wedding’s mark on the planet:
Many savvy brides and grooms are choosing to skip the printing altogether and going with e-invites and RSVPs. The Plunge Project recently partnered with a company that provides such a service, Glö, and will be giving away a package for free on July 23. If that’s something you might be interested in, be sure to enter.
If you can’t bear to be without printed invitations, they are many recycled options as well (a Google search will find you tons of options). And if you’re really feeling crafty, you can buy recycled paper and make your own.
Decor and Accessories
If you’re planning an eco-friendly wedding, you need to check out Dream Green Weddings. It’s a great place to find eco-chic decor, favors and gifts, accessories and organic bath and body products. From cake toppers to escort card holder to table numbers and more, Dream Green has all the decor you need to make your green wedding unique and stylish. Just check out some of these products…
You have a few options if you’re looking for eco-chic engagement rings and/or wedding bands, and Brilliant Earth is a great place to look. Using recycled metals means less pollution than mining gold and silver. Buying your jewelry used is also a great way to help save the planet, and estate/antique jewelry can be an amazing eco-friendly alternative.
And if you’re using a stone, make sure it’s conflict free! Even though I’m not planning a “green” wedding, I refuse to wear a conflict diamond on my finger. The jeweler should have paperwork proving their conflict free diamonds.
Of course, there are tons more ways to plan an eco-chic event. Do you have any more tips for environmentally conscious brides?
About Nicole Denton
With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.