I’m trying but it’s hard. Here is what I have:
My dress is used and I am planning on selling it afterward the wedding (recycle).
I’m having a bus take people between the church and hotel/reception so there aren’t as many cars.There is a shuttle between the airport and the hotel. (reduce)
I’m doing brooch bouquets for all of the girls so we have fewer cuts flowers (recycling old jewelry, they can keep it).
There will still be cut flowers for the ceremony as well as for the men and parents. My DIY ideas were vetoed.
For the reception, I’m deciding between potted plants or dried branches in slate vases – I met a guy at a craft fair who makes the vases. If we do potted plants, I’m hoping to get mostly used pots. Whatever we choose, the guests can take them home.
I was trying for an all vegetarian menu, but my parents vetoed that. Instead we are having chicken and tilapia, with mostly seasonal vegetables.
I cut down on the number of pieces of paper in our invites, but I couldn’t get away with postcard rsvps (vetoed). The paper is recycled linen.
The hotel we chose is an eco-friendly hotel – high efficieny plumbing, energy reducing heating and cooling, insulated windows, recycled materials.
My Fiance decided to purchase suits for the men as their gift. They can wear them again. I let my girls pick from a few dresses, and they all ended up choosing the same dress that they will feel comfortable wearing again.
As I said, it’s hard. I’m driving around a lot trying to find things to reuse that also fit my vision, to thrift stores, to antique stores, to nurseries. I’m trying to reduce the amount of stuff that we buy and use. I’m thinking about doing a wish tree that is a real tree, and my parents would plant it in their yard afterwards. One thing I can’t control is that a more than half of our guests live out of state, so many people will be driving and flying in. Overall, I think anything you do to reduce, reuse, and recycle is positive. Good luck!