As much as we love to share our industry knowledge, tips, and tricks to help create the perfect event, we also wanted to take a step back and focus on what matters most: that you and your partner enjoy YOUR special day to the fullest. To help make that happen, we’ve dedicated an entire series on how to enjoy your wedding (or any celebratory event). This blog post is the second of this series. We hope you will follow along as we help guide you through this amazing time in your life!As much as we love to share our industry knowledge, tips, and tricks to help create the perfect event, we also wanted to take a step back and focus on what matters most: that you and your partner enjoy YOUR special day to the fullest. To help make that happen, we’ve dedicated an entire series on how to enjoy your wedding (or any celebratory event). This blog post is the second of this series. We hope you will follow along as we help guide you through this amazing time in your life!
In celebration of our beautiful planet, let’s talk about how to keep your own celebration eco-friendly.
Whether you realize it or not, a wedding has the potential to generate A LOT of waste - we’re talking up to 100lbs an hour!! That number includes everything from the Kleenex your guests will need when seeing you walk down the aisle to the leftover limes at the bar and nearly everything in between.
Here are a few tips to reduce the weight of this waste and any resulting guilt so you can fully enjoy your wedding!
Gifts & Favors
Speaking of Kleenex, why not give your guests handkerchiefs as a favor? I know it may seem old-fashioned but it’s something everyone can (and will) use. Put your personal touch on it by adding monogramming or embroidery to your order or make it extra special by hiring an artist to monogram, stamp, or even paint custom designs on-site!
You can also reduce waste by turning your escort cards into a favor. Instead of traditional cardstock, use agate slices with your guests’ names on them or even polaroid photo frames as a double-duty keepsake!
Save carbon emissions and paper usage by asking guests to contribute to an online honeymoon fund or donate to your favorite charity instead of bringing bulky gifts or checks in cards.
Utilize ornamental kale, cabbage, and raab in your floral arrangements, not only are they beautiful, but they’re wilt-proof AND guests can take them home and turn them into an equally beautiful salad! Here’s a great article on the best Kale options and one for the low-down on raab.
Pass it along by donating your centerpieces to the venue or a local church!
If seasonally appropriate, an outdoor wedding is the best way to reduce both waste and carbon emissions, as it requires less light, heating and/or air conditioning, cleaning, and decoration.
Or why not rent out your favorite restaurant for a reception like this? Not only is it an easy way to cut down on food waste but it also makes for an extra special date night and anniversary spot!
If you choose to hire a caterer, work with one who can get with the program by providing extra bins for recycling (bonus points for composting) and will ensure their staff separates everything appropriately.
#noplasticstraws Ask your caterer to use stainless steel, paper, or bamboo straws - these options are readily and affordably available for plates, cups, and flatware as well!
When made aware, the caterer can either keep extra food packaged so that it is fit to be donated to local food banks and shelters OR they can box up leftovers for guests as they leave (in biodegradable paper boxes, of course!).
Last but not least, hire a planner!
Not only will a planner help you find the best venues and vendors who are willing to make the effort to reduce waste, but they can also make these requests contractually obligating and will keep an eye on everything during your big day so you and your partner can enjoy yourselves while the planner makes sure those recycling bins are being put to good use!
Meet our very own Pollyanna wedding planners (including yours truly) here! And let us know if you’d like another blog post with more ideas on how to keep your wedding waste and costs low!