- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
To me it seems like most weddings are not eco-friendly at all. It’s hard to do because generally it means it costs more which can really add up. It’s totally understandable that you can’t make an entire wedding eco-friendly, but a couple of little things can lessen the carbon footprint.
Is anyone trying to make their eco-footprint a bit smaller with their wedding? It would be also nice to hear about some affordable eco-friendly ideas as well.
Fiance and I try to be environmentally concious in our everyday lives and our wedding is no exception. We’re having a hard time finding things that are affordable, and we’re definitely far from perfect. There are still quite a lot of things that we can’t make environmentally friendly due to cost and time. Here are some things we are trying to do to keep both costs down and our impact on our environment.
- Buying secondhand decor from other brides and flea markets
- Venue is an organic community garden near a bird sanctuary (some of our rental fee goes to community programs and the sanctuary)
- Using locally and ethically raised meats from a family friend
- Catching our own seafood such as crab and salmon (if we can’t catch the salmon we’re buying it from a family friend)
- Using local flowers instead of imported ones
- Having the ceremony and reception at the same place to cut down on driving
- Cutting down our guest list to 75 instead of 100+
- Encouraging family and friends to carpool
- Making our own wine… this cuts down on buying foreign wines that are shipped thousands of miles.
- Using paper bags for our favours made out of recycle paper
Other than that… we’re not doing much. It’s hard to do! I would love to hear from other brides that have come up with creative ways to make their wedding more eco-friendly.