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5 Eco Friendly Wedding Tips

October 15, 2021  |  Permalink

Planning a wedding and wondering how to make it more eco-friendly! Check out these five tips!

Disclaimer: The author of this blog post was given a discount on their venue rental. All thoughts and opinions presented in this article are original to the author.

1. Consider printed items

When it comes to wedding planning, there are several points along the way where you’ll have to decide how to communicate with guests—save the dates, wedding invites, menus, programs, signage, etc.  It’s up to you how you’d like to share these important details with guests, but thanks to technology, we have other options now besides printing! You can create a wedding website that houses all your wedding details for guests to refer to, and you can collect RSVPs online as well. Instead of printing signs, consider using chalkboards at your wedding to welcome guests and communicate info they need to know.

There are certainly times where printing is necessary, but if you’d like to give your printed items a second life, consider using seed paper that guests can plant at home and watch grow into beautiful flowers!


2. Save on single-use items & repurpose goods

We use a lot of single-use items in our day-to-day but if you’re trying to reduce waste, look at some parts of your wedding where you can cut these items out. For instance, does the caterer offer reusable dinnerware, flatware, glassware, or are these items you could rent for the day? Next, consider any wedding favors or other items that are typically packaged. If there’s a way to avoid packaging them individually or not having them. We decided to skip the table numbers at our reception and instead use recycled paper bags to make place cards. There have also been some décor items used at my bridal showers that I’m going to reuse and repurpose for our wedding day. It not only helps reduce waste but also saves money—it’s a win-win!


3. Get married in the great outdoors!

One of the reasons we chose to get married at a Tennessee State Park was because of the natural beauty and built-in décor that comes along with the great outdoors! The park we chose has a beautiful amphitheater space, surrounded by towering trees that serve as the perfect backdrop. Check out all the state park options in your area to see the incredible vistas and backdrops they have to offer for your special day. The other benefit is reduced transportation needs because you can have your wedding ceremony and reception in the same location!


4. Eco-friendly décor and wedding exit ideas

If you’re getting married in the outdoors, you’ll need to be mindful of this because some items are not safe for animals and therefore should not be used, such as rice. Rather than packaging your wedding toss item into individual bags, place it in a cute basket or dish, and have guests use a scoop!

You’ll also want to avoid balloons and ribbons outdoors because they can be ingested by wildlife which is dangerous. If you choose a state park as your wedding location, check with them first if you’re planning to use sparklers as this could be a potential fire risk.


5. Edible favors

Let’s be honest: how many times have you gone to a wedding and the take-home favor is something that got stuffed into a drawer, never to be seen again? While it’s always a thoughtful gesture to have a wedding favor for guests, consider whether the item is something people will use again or if it will have a purpose after your wedding. Most people love edible treats as wedding favors, and they’re less likely to go to waste! Since we’re going with the outdoors/camping theme for our big day, we decided a S’mores snack mix would be the perfect thing to send guests off with. If you’ll be sharing an edible take-home favor with your guests, Kraft paper bags are a good option for eco-friendly packaging because they can be recycled.

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About the author

Karman Meyer lives in Nashville with her fiancé James and their cat, Pepper. She is a Registered Dietitian and writes and shares recipes on her website, Connect with Karman on Instagram: @karmanmeyer.