There are so many things to think about when planning a wedding. Thankfully, there are many eco-friendly options available to help you keep your wedding as green as possible. Here are five tips we’ve pulled together for you.
Get your rent on
Rental companies have more variety than ever before. Whatever your theme, they can accommodate with tents, tables, chairs, linens and décor. Resource Vintage Rental, of La Crescent, Minn., offers unique vintage pieces for your wedding. From china to typewriters, chandeliers to silverware, you don’t need to stress about creating the perfect atmosphere. Renting vintage items instead of purchasing new leaves a lesser imprint on the environment, so you can feel good knowing your decorations were and continue to be reused.
Think outside the hotel ballroom
Though it can be hit or miss, Minnesota’s weather is often beautiful. Think warm summer afternoons and snowy winter mornings. There are many gorgeous days perfect for weddings. Skip the indoor reception hall, which uses lots of electricity, water and non-eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Instead, opt for a greener outdoor venue with a tent, in case of inclement weather, or check out one of the many barn options around (barn weddings are trendy at the moment). If you do choose an indoor wedding, consider holding the ceremony and reception in one place to cut down travel emissions.
Roses and peonies and hydrangeas, oh my
Seasonal blooms are your best bet for a green greenery option. Do a bit of research to find what is in season around your wedding day and plan your bouquets around them. You can even include succulents and other non-flowering plants in the bouquets. Consider eucalyptus, rosemary, artichokes, kale and other show-stopping ornamentation. Or skip the flowers altogether! Make a bridal bouquet from brooches or paper flowers. You can also get creative with your centerpieces. Instead of bunches of flowers, use potted plants on your table. Bonus—these make great party favors.
A gift to remember
Speaking of party favors, consider if they’re even necessary. If you forego favors, make a small donation instead to one of your favorite charities or non-profits. There are some eco-friendly options if favors are on your wish list. Seed packets or menus printed on paper infused with seeds are great for guests to plant their own flowers. Jams and jellies from local sources in reusable glass jars are another eco-friendly option that also supports the local economy.
Look for a caterer who utilizes local vendors. Work with them to create dishes using seasonal foods. Think asparagus for spring, lovely fruit parfaits in the summer, squash soups for fall and winter. This will cut down on packaging and fuel emissions transporting out-of-season foods. Talk with your caterer if having an all-organic or vegan menu is important.