Are you trying to make your big day a green day? No, we’re not talking about the band, we are talking about making your big day a sustainable one! Putting on a large event can mean food wasted, lots of paper goods used, plastic decorations tossed, and more. Couples who are trying to make their wedding day sustainable are consciously making their wedding choices to preserve natural resources. For these couples that are taking into consideration their impact on our planet and making an effort to help out our environment – we are truly thankful!
As you are planning your wedding day, it should become more and more apparent that there’s a lot of people and places that are involved with making your special day, well, special! By getting vendors that align with your eco-friendly goal, the planning process will go a lot smoother. Don’t be discouraged, there are a lot of vendors out there that can help you meet your goal!
Here are a few suggestions to help you reach your eco-friendly dreams:
Choosing a venue that your guests can get to without traveling far will cut the carbon footprint from your wedding. FYI - this is one of the most impactful ways of having a sustainable wedding.
When searching for your venue, check to see if there are ways to conserve energy during your event.
Check if they have recycling bins to put alongside the trash cans.
Good news! There are vendors out there that are also making eco-friendly efforts. It’ll take some patience to search for the right vendor that fits your budget and goal, but not to worry, we can help you out with that!
Check to see what your vendor’s practices are to help the planet!
When choosing your caterer, check to see if they have resources for a nonprofit or community program for donating leftover food.
Make sure water is not pre-poured at your guests’ tables to reduce the use of water.
Accessories/ Decorations/ Favors
Wedding dresses, rings, decorations, favors are just a few of the things you will need for your wedding day. There are plenty of companies that have eco- friendly products like recycled paper for invitations or going paperless and sending an e-vite!
There are wedding dress shops that have second-hand wedding dresses that are still in perfectly good condition and donate to various charities.
Try making wedding favors without the use of packaging or needing to buy a lot of material. P.S. you can DIY some stuff with recycled items and still have something look beautiful.
There are many ways to host a sustainable event, but we’ll pause there for now. Having an event planner manage and guide you with suggestions will help keep things on budget and help find vendors that fit your goal! Here at DiMadeline we’re doing our part and using a program called Aisle Planner! This is an online platform that helps organize all of our projects and this helps reduce our paper use! If you need any help or need suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us!