(Closed) What are you doing to make your wedding more eco-friendly?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

1. It’ll be mostly vegetarian.

2. We’re not taking cars, we’re walking from the hotel.

3. Seedlings as bonbonniere.

4. We’re not having anything at the reception we’ll just have to throw out after.

This is just our ‘for now’ list. I know things change but this is our plan so far. And what I like is a lot of these things actually save money rather than costing more!

Post # 4
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

-Online RSVPs

-No inserts in the invitations

-Used decor

That’s about it. I would have loved to have local, humanely raised food, but it just wasn’t in the budget.


Post # 5
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We hired an eco-chic wedding coordinator, so anything that is disposable that can be recycled will be…

Our favors are in compostable baggies.

We are having our wedding on family property with lots of rustic/vintage elements (read:  old, repurposed, thrift store stuff)

We bought napkins and silverware to be reused at our restaurant (more repurposing instead of renting and then later buying for the restaurant)…

Our lighting is 90% LED lighting which uses less electricity.

Our invites and paper goods were printed on recycled paper (with the exception of our favor tags and signage).

We probably could have done a bit more, but it gets expensive and we are on a budget. πŸ™‚

Post # 6
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@blueskye:  We had a destination wedding (our families don’t live near each other and we don’t live near family), so the traveling part wasn’t eco-friendly. We did try to offset it a bit with our other choices.

  • Venue choice-we also had the ceremony and reception in the same place.

  • The venue uses local, organic, and sustainable sources for food (the trout came from a local farm).

  • The invitations were on recycled paper. (We talked about electronic invites, but there were enough people who wouldn’t use that route that we decided against it)

  • My husband and groomsmen wore suits they already had.

  • Our rings are made from recycled metals and fair-trade sapphires

  • We used a local flower farm for the flowers (and they were awesome).

  • Our centerpieces included a solar lantern on a wooden base. The lanterns are now in our yard (so we repurposed them) and the wooden bases were made from wood we had. 

  • We didn’t give away favors, since most people either don’t use them or throw them away.

  • Selected a few local beers and wines to be served. 

  • The photographer had established herself as eco-friendly (all digital, rechargable batteries)

If I had looked more into wedding dresses, I’d have gone with an Aria dress rather than one made in China. But when I learned about Aria, I already had ordered a wedding dress.  I don’t know if our cake was eco friendly, but it was made locally and the cake lady also uses organic sources for her supplies (I think).

I think it just takes some research and planning ahead of time for a more eco-friendly wedding. πŸ™‚

Post # 7
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Nothing that I know of. Im doing all throw away items. Cannot afford not to. You do what you can afford. πŸ™‚

Post # 9
1833 posts
Buzzing bee

Its funny when I was reading this point I haven’t done anything deliberately which would be ‘eco-chic’ but most of our lives is to it just ends up being that way. Not to mention I have found it to be SO much CHEAPER to use recycled and repurposed goods. 

Limited decor with no flowers (nothing is ever in season on the tundra) The decor that we do have will be strips of quilting fabric (bought at thrift store) used as ribbons which I will use afterwards to braid in to a rug or turn in to a quilted table cloth. 

repurposing a dress instead of buying a brand new one

Quilts and blankets as seating which will be used afterwards often 

Our venue is an old cabin next to a river. It is 3-ish miles hiking in from the road on an old mining trail. People will be hiking, canoeing, and biking to get there as there is really to way to take motorized transport. There is also no electricity at our venue, good thing it doesn’t get dark that time of year.

Favors are jam from berries that we pick in glass jars that I have been collecting and saving for years. (will cost about $12 for the organic sugar and some spare lids, maybe I will splurge on some new ribbons, or Ill just use the quilting fabric I talked about earlier)

Meal is potluck, the main dish we provide will be salmon and moose that my Darling Husband catches / hunts this summer near our home

Even though there is no electricity or running water we are still making the effort to not have disposables at our wedding. The silverware is easy enough to pack out. We are asking select friends to each bring a few plates or bowls etc. The tables we do have are made from wood reclaimed from the tundra and the monofill. (free)

Our invites are one sheet of legal sized 100% rececled cardstock which is printed by us, cut, and folded. The map is on a organic cotton bandanna. Online RSVPs. I got the recycled card stock origionally becuase it was cheaper, now I love it and will probably not buy regualr card stock again, it has a better ‘feel’ to it i think.


@o0olibelulao0o:  Its so funny you are using things from your resturant, I have a small coffee shop that I just opened and am planning to re-use a bunch of the things (forks, napkins, beverage dispensers) there. I am also doing all the desserts through our shop, which is all organic and fair trade. Are you catering your own wedding? 

Post # 10
1925 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love this post!  I’m really trying but it’s hard.  Here’s what we’ve done so far:

  • I bought my dress second-hand from a bee on WeddingBee!  :)**
  • My engagement ring and wedding band are antiques, so no new materials were used.  We bought my e-ring from a company that uses ethically-sourced gems and recycled metals.  While my ring doesn’t fit these descriptions, it’s important to me to support that kind of business.**
  • My FI’s wedding band is going to be made from recycled metal.
  • My shoes are blue so I can wear them again πŸ™‚
  • My invites will be printed on 100% recycled paper and we are not having any inserts.  All information will be included on our wedding website.**
  • We’re not having lots of center pieces or decor at our wedding to cut down on waste and costs **

That’s all I can think of right now.  The ones with the ** also are more cost-effective, proving that you don’t have to spend lots of money to be eco-friendly.  Often it’s choosing NOT to have something that makes it more eco-friendly, such as the invites.  Also, whenever possible, we’re buying things used.  I’m a big fan of buying used because you save SO MUCH money and often people don’t use things until they’re unusable.  For instance, the wedding dress?  The woman who I bought it from wore it for 6 hours.  It’s in perfect condition and my dream dress.  Why would I buy it new?  I also saved $400 (dress originally $600, I bought it for $200). 

Post # 11
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@blueskye:  Well, I will admit that I am borrowing some items to cut what I spend. SO I suppose a little. lol

Post # 12
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@blueskye:  It really was a dream venue! πŸ™‚

I also think it’s important for brides to realize they don’t have to do big things or even a whole eco-friendly wedding. The choices we make can have an impact.

@Ms.GoodEarth:  My shoes were blue too! Although honestly we don’t go out to fancy places very often, so I don’t know when exactly I will wear them again.

Post # 13
1833 posts
Buzzing bee

Have any of you eco friendly bride thought about what to do with your dress after the wedding? I know the general answer is the sell it, but I have heard recently about people dying their dresses and wearing them again. Would you ever try it?

Post # 14
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@globalmargaret:  I’m short and wide, so I don’t think selling my dress is an option. I hadn’t thought about dying it, but we don’t go to fancy places, so I’m not sure I’d wear it again if it was a different color. Never say never though, so I’ll remember your suggestion. πŸ™‚

Post # 15
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ugh, this post makes me feel bad πŸ™ I know we could be doing better. But:


*Ceremony and Reception are in the same place

BUT the venue is 1.5 hrs from town

BUT the venue itself won awards for green construction (no a/c, solar powered, built with reclaimed materials.)


*All stationary is 100% recycled, one piece with every other bit of info on the wedding website

*Favors will probably be plants

*Centerpieces will primarily be made from reclaimed old wood siding off of my parents house (planter boxes) and branches from the yard


I’m thinking of buying carbon offsets as well.




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