How to Create an Eco-Friendly Wedding

As soon as you and your fiancé decided to spend your lives together, you've been ready for the big day. You soon realize that this day requires lots of materials, flowers, and food. Like, a LOT of materials. 

As an environmentally conscious individual, you've spent some time trying to reduce your carbon footprint, so why waste all of that effort by creating a lot of non-recyclable waste on your happy day? 

Being environmentally friendly on your wedding day does not need to be hard. We have some helpful tips that can make it easy. Get ready to have a beautiful day and maintain your status as Eco-Friendly Queen.

 Use an ethically and environmentally friendly sourced ring.

Use an ethically and environmentally friendly sourced ring.

1. Find the right ring.

You might be overwhelmed with the amount of ring options you have. It is a big decision. I mean, this ring will live on your finger until death do us part. 

Narrow down your search by using only ethically and environmentally sourced rings. This does not mean you will have to compromise quality or appearance. The Good Trade has compiled a list of 16 Ethical and Conflict-Free Engagement Rings that are absolutely stunning.

2. Have an outdoor wedding.

What better way to go green than having an outdoor wedding? 

Outdoor weddings reduce the amount of energy that would be used in a building. If an outdoor wedding is not practical for you, then try having your wedding and reception at the same venue. This reduces fuel emission due to people driving to another location.

3. Figure out the flowers.

 Use flowers that weren't grown with harsh chemicals.

Use flowers that weren't grown with harsh chemicals.

Did you know that not all flowers are organic? The Knot specifies that some companies use harsh insecticides that permeate the soil and eventually make workers sick. 

Find companies that use Veri-Flora certified flowers. This certification ensures that the flower farmers did not use harsh chemicals or unethical working conditions.

 

4. Use recycled wedding invitations.

Before you labor over designing elegant invitations, make sure your company uses recycled paper. Or better yet, choose Paper Source. Brides shares that Paper Source uses 100% post-consumer recycled wedding invitations. But the best part is, Paper Source plants a tree for every order they receive.

5. Use material that matters.

Dressing flower girls, ring bearers, bridesmaids, and groomsmen requires a lot of material. Of course, you want to use the best material for a picturesque wedding, and the words "re-used material" do not always sound appealing. However, when you choose the right materials and create a new product the right way, it can be beautiful and eco-friendly.

 Photo courtesy of Sarah Letcher.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Letcher.

Many of our own fabrics are sourced via various repurposing venues, like thrift shops, garage sales, etc. When cutting the fabric, we try to use as much of it as we can, even saving buttons and zippers for future use, thus reducing our need to buy these items new, which results in less packaging waste, as well.

Using discarded clothes helps reduce clothing waste. If clothing doesn't sell at thrift stores, it eventually ends up either in a landfill or in developing countries.

6. Research your vendors.

Whether you're looking for a venue, a caterer, or a florist, consider how your vendors run their company. Do they uphold environmentally sound values?

At Lindsay Brook Designs, we strive to reduce our carbon footprint while providing quality goods to our customers. All of the paper products we use in our business are made from at least 50% post-consumer recycled paper. 

We are on our way to converting completely to bio-degradable plastic, paper mailing bags, and plastic-free tape. By 2019, we will have used all the plastic supplies we have currently, and will switch to paper and compostable plastic.

In 2018, Lindsay made it her goal to begin buying organic cotton fabrics for our company, with the end result being that at least 25% of our fabrics are now organic or repurposed.

We also recycle all recyclables that enter our home studio, including paper, plastic, batteries, and printer cartridges.  

Each day, we get closer to achieving our goals of protecting the environment. 

 

Melissa Lawrence