Sustainable Weddings Are An Awesome Trend
Trends come and go, but something like sustainability is a concept that should grow. Events can create a lot of waste. Thankfully, there are some things you can do and the choices you can make to reduce the footprint your wedding leaves on the planet.
Eco-friendly weddings are a perfect theme or backbone for San Francisco brides, California weddings all over the state, or nuptials across the country.
Here are some things to consider.
Sustainable Weddings Use Digital Invitations
It may not seem like a huge issue, but your save the date cards and RSVP announcements all end up in the recycling center or landfill. You can save some money and the environment by creating a digital system to communicate with your guests.
Why not make an app or website for your wedding and refer people to it for RSVP? Even if you have to send out physical notices to some of your friends and family who aren’t tech savvy, you’ll reduce your overall paper pushing.
Sustainable Weddings Ask, Can We Compost?
Did you know that San Francisco sends less trash to landfills than any other major US city? If you provide specialized receptacles at your wedding, guests can sort their trash into compostable and noncompostable waste.
Contact SFEnvironment.org to learn about collection requirements. They may have some ideas about how to implement sorting and collection during and after your big day.
Another route to take includes reaching out to local businesses like Common Compost. They offer collection services to area restaurants among other services.
Finally, see if the venue that’s hosting you already has a composting service set up. That’s a huge bonus!
Sustainable Weddings Require A Chat With Your Florist
We don’t want to be a downer, but flowers can carry a big environmental weight. Some things you can do to reduce this includes opting for plants instead of cut flowers and giving them away as favors to your guests. Larger plants or living arrangements make wonderful gifts for your wedding party and parents of the bride and groom.
Ask your florist if they have ideas about more sustainable options including skipping the foam or incorporating a sustainable trend like sola flowers into your event.
Sustainable Weddings Give Forever Favors
Another unfortunate reality about wedding preparation is that many people throw away their wedding favors when they get home after the party. You can avoid this with a little careful planning.
Skip favors altogether or choose something guests can consume. Candy, petit fours, artisan spices, and spreads, and even coffee or teas have a greater chance of being used, not tossed.
One of our favorite ideas are the cards that come pre-loaded with seeds embedded into the biodegradable cardstock. Your guests can keep them around until the weather is nice and plant them!
Yet another idea is to mention in the card that instead of a favor, you’ve made a donation to an organization like Arbor Day in honor of each of your guests. They’ll use the funds to plant trees which reduce carbon emissions and fight the greenhouse effect.
Sustainable Weddings Soar With Green Wedding Planners
Choosing an eco-smart wedding planner will eliminate a lot of the brain power needed to green up your wedding. Ask potential candidates if they’ve given any thought to sustainable weddings or, better yet, search planners that advertise proficiency in this area.
Great Brainstorming Sesh!
Any of the local companies we’ve linked to in this article are simply suggestions to get you started. We aren’t affiliated with them nor are we endorsing them specifically by including them here.
Once you’re done going green and its time to think about equipment rentals, a wedding DJ, sound and lighting, give us a call! We offer other event services like videography and photography as well. We would love to be a part of your unforgettable day.