In the previous two posts of the series we talked about specifics. In part 3, we are going to discuss a general theme that can really set the tone for your green wedding.
The theme is resource management – and the three main components are: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
When it comes to sustainability and eco-friendly, an important aspect to look at is how we are using and managing resources. Being mindful of this, we can avoid a lot of unnecessary waste.
Planning ahead will help make this theme integrate nicely into your big day, rather than have it be a burden or stressor.
This applies to everything from flowers to food. Any chance you get while planning, think about how you can reduce your consumption, which will in turn reduce your footprint. This doesn’t have to take anything away from the day, consider the idea that less is more.
If you have a program for the event, consider creating a short condensed version for the table, and have a detailed version available online for guests to refer to after the event. This tiny action will save considerable amounts of paper and ink.
In an effort to reduce the amount of food waste, consider offering guests biodegradable take-out containers for their leftovers. This especially makes good eco-sense if you have a set menu with more than 3 courses (appetizers, main, dessert).
There are so many chances to make use of second hand or rental items for your celebration. Many aspects of a wedding already have this down pat. You rent the hall, the linen, the limo, down to the centre pieces, and décor.
Speaking of décor, why not use potted plants as centre pieces or accent pieces throughout the space? At the end of the event, send the plant home with lucky winners by raffle or by playing a game. Bonus points if you can find a native perennial allowing guests to plant it at home and enjoy it for years to come.
When it comes to the gown, Second Dance has your back. There is an amazing selection of previously loved gowns and other bridal wear to help you and your wedding party go green on your big day. The best part, once you are done with your dress, you can bring it back in for another spin – helping the next bride apply eco-friendly actions into her wedding.
The definition of recycle is to “convert (waste) into reusable material.”
We don’t need to limit this to just cans and bottles. Think about food scraps from plates and how we can convert it into compost for the garden.
Where ever you hold the wedding, plan ahead for waste diversion. This means making sure that you have recycling and composting bins on site which are properly labelled. This may require calling a private company to hull off the waste after hand. A small investment that makes a big impact.
With all that dancing, you’ll want to keep your guests hydrated. Make sure you have pitchers of water throughout the hall and at the bar with glasses. If you go water bottle free for the event, that’s a big weight lifted from your footprint.
“Recycling turns things into other things. Which is like MAGIC.” ~ Anonymous
Now that we’ve covered the basics on resource management, take a peek at your planning papers to see where you can apply reduce, reuse, and recycle into the mix.
Stay tuned for the fourth and final part of our series: Part 4 – Honeymoon, Gifts, and Gratitude.
Do you have an innovative way that you integrated waste diversion into your celebration? Share your stories and inspire others to go green! Comment below or connect with us on social media.