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  • Writer's pictureClaudio Fibonacci

Green Glamour: A Guide to Hosting an Eco-Chic Wedding

How to Throw an Elevated, Eco-Friendly Wedding

Planning an Eco-Friendly Wedding

When planning a wedding, it’s only natural that you’d want all your closest friends and family to travel to your big event and enjoy a celebration full of delicious food, fun fashion, beautiful florals, and impressive décor. But add all those elements together and you’ll get two things: an unforgettable event and a major carbon footprint. There’s no denying that hosting any sort of party can accrue a certain amount of waste—but a wedding often takes things to the next level.

Thankfully, the wedding industry has made some concerted efforts to create solutions that can reduce your event’s carbon footprint while also maintaining the caliber of your event. “As a wedding planner and designer, it’s our social responsibility to implement sustainable practices whenever possible to ensure that our celebrations contribute positively to the well-being of the environment and the communities we engage with,” shares Tracy Taylor Ward, Owner and Creative Director of Tracy Taylor Ward Design. “There are a plethora of eco-conscious practices vendors and couples alike can implement at their events in efforts to ensure their celebrations are as sustainable as possible.”

Choose a Local Venue

  1. Choosing a venue that’s local to the majority of your guests will help cut down on your carbon footprint.

  2. Locations that are just a car ride away are better for the environment than those that require boarding a flight.

Go Digital

  1. Consider going digital with invitations to reduce paper waste.

  2. Paperless Post and Bliss & Bone offer sustainable digital options for wedding invitations.

Rent Your Décor and Fashion

  1. Avoid purchasing new items that may end up in landfills by renting décor items.

  2. Companies like BBJ La Tavola Linens and Rent the Runway offer rental options for wedding décor and fashion.

Embrace Vintage

  1. Shop vintage or gently used pieces for your wedding to reduce waste.

  2. Consider curating vintage items for decorations and wedding wardrobe.

Be Thoughtful With Florals

  1. Choose locally produced and in-season florals to reduce the environmental impact of cut flowers.

  2. Work with your floral designer to use eco-friendly foam alternatives and donate any extra florals after the event.

Consider Your Jewelry

  1. Consider wearing heirloom jewelry or purchasing lab-grown diamonds to minimize the environmental impact of your wedding attire.

Give Back

At the end of the day, there still will be a carbon footprint of your event. To help offset that impact, consider making a donation to local charities or environmental foundations. Registry sites like Zola offer the option to have your guests contribute a donation as their gift to you.

By incorporating these eco-friendly practices into your wedding planning process, you can host an elevated event that also prioritizes sustainability.

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