Post # 1
I just got engaged, and am beginning the first steps to planning our wedding. I am very conscious of the amount of waste (particularly plastic waste) I create in my everday life, and would like to continue this into my wedding. I am having the ceremony at my church, and the reception at his mothers cottage, by a lake. We are going to have a small, lowkey bbq. Has anyone ever planned a wedding that was very low waste? Does anyone have any tips, suggestions or experiences? Thanks! I know the key will be reusable things, but am looking for any other tips someone may have.
Post # 2
Just avoid unnecessary decor. I see people on here and other wedding websites collecting piles and piles of stuff in the months before their wedding, literally filling a whole spare room just to scatter it around a venue for a few hours and when it’s over it is basically rubbish.
Post # 3
For the BBQ, use palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2020 - Summer Camp!
I love it too because it feels nicer and sturdier than paper plates and fits the rustic BBQ theme. And it’ll be too difficult to wash that many dishes, unfortunately.
I’d add to not bother with favors. And sell or donate what you don’t plan to keep (plus you’ll save another bride money, which is a win-win).
Edit: Kegs and boxed wine. Forgo champagne toasts so you don’t need champagne flutes.
Post # 5
I’m using wheat straw plates and wooden utensils. As for my decor, we’re mostly going with thrifted things that I can donate right back once we’re done– think old glass bottles filled with ferns, thrifted tablecloths, blankets, etc. The only thing that I think will really be wasted is fabric I’m cutting to a certain length that will not be reusable, our ferns/flowers, and the (compostable) plates and such
Post # 6
My goal was to have all my decor be able to be composted, given away, or sold after. For my centrepieces, I sanded/oiled/wood burned pieces of wood scrap from my carpenter uncle – they were given to family after as cheese boards. On top of those I put my flowers in glass bottles/jars that I collected out of our building’s recycling (and then washed and removed labels). Flowers were from the local farmer’s market and then given to guests (I really wanted to do potted plants for better reusability but we were married in a botanical garden that had a no-soil policy). I made my table runners from gingham table cloths. Bought an easel for a welcome sign that we gave to our niece as a thank you for being our flower girl. Table numbers were mounted on driftwood that we returned to the beach after. At the end of the day, I was able to make much of my decor from upcycled objects, and didn’t have any of it to throw out after.
We did use catering so they supplied reusable plates etc. We also brought Tupperware to take home the leftovers – we knew there would be lots and our caterer said because of food safety, they legally weren’t allowed to donate what was left. Gave my family and I several more meals out of it!
I personally loved the challenge of trying to make things as green as possible! Good luck! 🙂
Post # 7
No help here but I love the fact that you are doing this! Hope it catches on, OP!
Post # 8
Thank you all for the suggestions. I had already planned on using wood that my brother had been clearing from his land for centrepieces and to place dishes on and stuff like that. I had no idea about palm leaf plates so I’m definitely going that route! And I am also pumped about the idea of repurposed glass bottles. I’m still a year away so have plenty of time to save wine bottles and such for flowers. This had made me even more excited!!
Post # 9
We are also currently planning a low waste wedding. So far we have decided to not have anything “disposable” – anything we will only need for the day will be recyclable or things we can give away to others afterwards. For place names we are going to write names on leaves (we are getting married in a tropical conservatory, so this will fit nicely). We haven’t decided if we are definitely having confetti yet, but if we do we are going to hole punch leaves. For our flowers, we are going to have all arrangements in glass vases so we don’t need foam or any other single use floristry stuff. Our caterers source locally and sustainably but I’m going to talk to them more about how we can take this as far as possible nearer the time.
Also this isn’t exactly low waste, but I will only have a makeup artist that is strictly cruelty free.
One of my favourite things about our venue is that it’s in London, so I will literally be getting public transport to my wedding, which tickles me for some reason 😂
I’ll be following this thread with interest!
Post # 10
I didnt really think about this at the time, but as far as I’m aware my wedding didnt really create a great deal of waste. Nothing was served in single use items, and we didnt use floral arrangements other than our bouquets in glass vases. We also didnt really decorate anything as our venue was gorgeous as it was. I still have all of our centrepieces, they just consisted of silk flowers, photoframes, pretty placemats, crystal sugar bowls and candles, and I use them around oue house now. Also our venue grew most of the food onside.
Its really great that you’re thinking about this – I’m pleased to retrospectively realise we did pretty well in this regard but I’d be lying if I said Id planned it. What about going to junk shops for glassware? We did this for putting our centrepieces together, and theres a shop close to where I live where you can buy old wine glasses for probably cheaper than getting disposable ones.
Post # 11
You got some great suggestions for the wedding. Just wanted to chime in and say you should consider communicating this to your bridesmaids because in my opinion showers and bachelorette parties generate a ton of waste. Weddings are usually a bit more high end so naturally generate somewhat less plastic and junk (usually, some people obviously still choose to use a lot of plastic/single use items), but oh my goodness the mindless buying of cheap disposable crap that will take 150000 years to decompose for those parties are pretty out of control. Balloons, banners, favors, crowns, penis items whatever. Everyone thinks it’s only for their 10/20 friends but yeah, in my view definitely part of the problem!
Post # 12
You can buy biodegradable wooden cutlery on Amazon it’s honestly not that much more expensive than plastic and so much better for the environment.
Try buying things you can’t DIY used, rent suits and bridal party wear if possible or buy them from sites like Preownedweddingdresses.com
Instead of cut flowers use live plants that you know your guests will take home or you would keep in your own home. Or grow wilfdlowers!
Set up a carpooling group on Facebook or Whatsapp so guests can share rides.