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6 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly!

Eco-friendly weddings are a recent trend we can definitely get behind. Your wedding is probably the biggest party you’ll throw in your entire life, but that doesn’t mean it has to be wasteful!

From the small things (like ditching straws and single-use plastics) to the bigger decisions (like working with local suppliers), there are countless ways to go green on your wedding day without compromising on the beautiful details.

Wondering how to reduce the carbon footprint of your upcoming celebration? Read on for 6 of our favourite eco-friendly wedding ideas below.

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly | Tweed Coast Weddings
Image via Figtree Wedding Photography

Scrap Single-Use Plastics

When it comes to your wedding decor, think about where you can cut out single-use plastics and use eco-friendly alternatives instead. For example:

-Swap traditional confetti for biodegradable confetti made from rice paper.  Biodegradable confetti (stocked by our friends at The Whole Bride) easily washes away with water – and unlike traditional confetti, it’s approved by most venues.

-Request that your wedding venue doesn’t use any single-use plastics such as straws and disposable plates, or ask about any reusable alternatives that could be used instead.

Hire table decorations such as vases, candles, tea light holders and linens instead of buying them brand new – or, purchase them second-hand via a platform like Aisle Wedding Market.

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly | Tweed Coast Weddings
Image via Wanderer and the Wild

Go Digital With Your RSVPs

Cut down on paper by managing your wedding RSVPs with an online invitation service like RSVP Online Collective. You can create digital invites, link them to your custom wedding website, and have your loved ones RSVP online in just the click of a button. Bonus: you’ll probably receive your RSVPs much quicker, too!

If you have your heart set on traditional stationery, ask your stationery designer if they can print on recycled paper. Or, when it comes to your wedding day details, consider opting for statement pieces rather than individual items. For example: instead of individual ceremony programs for each guest, work with your stationery artist to create a beautiful oversized display instead.

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly | Tweed Coast Weddings
Image via Ivy Road Photography

Choose Preloved Wedding Attire

Going second-hand with your wedding day attire is friendlier on the planet and your wallet! Preloved bridal party outfits are easily found on platforms like Still White and Facebook Marketplace, or can even be hired rather than purchased brand new. Continue the cycle by selling your wedding attire after the big day to help another couple go eco-friendly!

Go Seasonal With Flowers and Produce

When it comes to fresh produce like food and flowers, be inspired by the season of your wedding. Using local, seasonal produce that is readily available on your wedding date isn’t just good for the planet – it’s also going to look and taste better, too.

Work with your wedding caterer to design a delicious menu that showcases the local region (which is easily done here on the Tweed Coast!), and chat to your wedding florist about the blooms that will be most accessible for your wedding date. Speaking of flowers, we love the idea of delivering them to a local nursing home or hospital after the day so they won’t go to waste.

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly | Tweed Coast Weddings

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly | Tweed Coast Weddings
Image 1: Rawn and Pallow Photography / Image 2: Cloud Catcher Studios 

Use Your Gifts to Give Back

Instead of traditional guest favours (which, let’s be honest, might end up sitting in the back of the kitchen cupboard), why not use your wedding favours to support an environmentally-focused charity?

You could make a small contribution to an organisation like WIRES, ACF or WWF on behalf of each guest, or ask your loved ones to make their own donation in lieu of a wishing well.

Choose Local Suppliers

Choosing a team of local wedding suppliers means less transport, fuel and energy required for venue meetings, set-up and pack-down after the day. Plus, you’ll avoid these extra travel costs being passed on to you.

Local suppliers will likely have experience at your wedding venue too, and can give you their expert advice on how to get the most out of your day. For example: your wedding photographer can suggest the best secret spots for your wedding portraits, or your wedding stylist can offer ideas on how to transform the space based on their previous experience.

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly | Tweed Coast Weddings
Image via Nathan Lapham

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