With the popularity of elopements, backyard weddings, and overall “microweddings" in the the wedding industry. A trend thwarted forward due to the pandemic. Yet, let’s not forget before all of this, there was the less popular but similar trend in style and value; The Eco Friendly Wedding.
There have been books, blog posts, whole manuals and how-to guides on having an eco-friendly wedding. It maybe got half a year of trend traction before the idea fell flat to cupcake cakes at the time.
For someone like me, a sustainability nut, the idea has always stuck with me. I thought this alternative way of planning and throwing an event is something I could see growing in the future. Well, in 2019 if you would of asked me about eco-friendly weddings I would say the industry has been going in the opposite direction.Then 2020 came along and now everything has changed.
Whether you too are intrigued with having your wedding be less or non-impactful to the earth and environment or just curious on what makes a Wedding “eco-friendly.” Keep reading to discover some eco-friendly alternatives to the traditional ways.
FOOD- I can’t tell you how many times I have seen full plates discarded, family style dishes piled with chicken taken back to the dish tank at large banquet weddings. Each time, my heart slowly breaking for the excess in waste because of normal event dining standards. Some eco-friendly wedding alternatives are outdoor food trucks, BBQ pits, even scout out eco-friendly catering. Have a fire pit where you encourage guests to discard their paper waste in the fire and food waste in a compost bucket.
TRAVEL- Airplanes are the number air polluter yet, are an essential mode of transportation these days. One traditional wedding could generate an excessive amount of the flights with out of town guests. As well as if you decide to have a destination wedding and planning an elaborate honeymoon or bachelor/bachelorette parties. Technology these days allows for knowledgeable videographers like Milan Arielle Productions to provide live streaming services for guests that live far and wide. As for the honeymoon, consider a Road trip which will quickly solidify if you can really be married for forever.
LIBATIONS- The best part about a wedding is the open bar, fancy cocktails, and lots of champagne to toast the night away with. But let’s talk about those dumb little straws and piles of of wet cocktail napkins. Instead, opt for drinks that can be served in easy to recycle cans and bottles. Even encourage your guests to bring their own reusable drink container or straws if they want. Also, reusable cups and straws make a great wedding favor too!
GIFTS- Whichever wedding tradition you decide to uphold on and surrounding your big day, do it because you truly want to do it, not because you feel expected to do so. In a wedding, it has become expected from the bride and groom to give gifts to bridesmaids/groomsman, parents, guests, and of course each other. Rather, provide meaningful experiences. Even if it is just a fun game night, a themed sleepover, tickets to a show, or gift card to a restaurant!This will way more impactful to the receiver and less on the planet.
DRESS- There have been over 7 decades of wedding dress ware out there in the World. Why buy a new ridiculous expensive one, for one night. If guys usually rent their tuxedos or suits why isn’t there a viable alternative for women? Personally I dream of finding a vintage designer gown, hand made of high quality material that I will get tailored to hug my curves perfectly.
Thanks for checking out this blog post, if you are planning a eco-friendly wedding or are a eco-friendly wedding planner please let me know if you have any other tips and tricks for having an eco-friendly wedding! Stay tuned for more blog posts about weddings, zero waste living, and empowering women in video production.