5 Simple Ways To Make Your Wedding Green
You don’t have to have a full vegan reception that everyone rides bikes to in order to have a green wedding. (Though if that’s your thing more power to ya!) Here are 5 easy ways you can make your wedding more eco-friendly:
1. Plastic Straws Ban
Plastic straws are the worst!! They serve little to no purpose, not to mention the huge negative impact they have on the environment! It is estimated that 500 million straws are used every single day in the United States alone! That’s enough to fill 127 school buses every day! Trust me, no one is going to miss them. Talk to your venue/caterer/bartender about instilling a no plastic straw policy at your wedding. Who knows, maybe your Crunchy spirit will inspire your venue to begin to introduce a no straw policy of their own! I would also recommend providing paper straws for those guests that insist they are unable to drink their jack and coke without a sipping instrument.
2. Go Electronic
Wedding websites are the way of the future! They provide a paperless alternative to getting info to your guests, tracking RSVPs, linking your registry and they are just plain fun to create! Oh did I mention they are also free! There are lots of great options out there for wedding websites, but if you are use your smart phone more than your laptop I recommend Zola. Their app is very intuitive and makes the whole process easy to use. For your more traditional guests, you can send eco-friendly invites the old fashioned way. Be sure to check back for our blog on paper alternatives.
3. Buy Local Beer & Wine
It’s always great to support local small businesses but another benefit to buying local means you are helping cut down on carbon emissions from having to import products on large supply trucks. This is also a fantastic way to give your guests a taste of the local spirits!
4. Ditch the Koozies
If you are considering favors, skip the koozies! By the way, we’re using “koozies” as a generic stand-in example for any personalized favor that will spend most of its life in a junk drawer or landfill. They are not eco-friendly in the slightest and, let’s be honest here, most guests don’t want them. So save your money and put it towards something original you and your guests will love. Or put that money saved in your pocket, there’s nothing wrong with that! Keep an eye out for an upcoming blog post titled “Favorable Favors” for environmentally friendly favor ideas.
5. Donate Your Flowers
If you are opting for real flowers (We’ll cover this topic more in depth later), make arrangements to have your flowers donated at the end of your reception to a local hospital or nursing home. This is a great way to give your flowers a second life rather than having most of them tossed in the trash. You could also consider a flower sharing program such as Bloomerent, who work with local florists to reuse your flowers the following day at another wedding or event. Flower sharing programs are also a great option if you are on a tight budget and would like to cut costs somewhere without cutting the appearance.
Do you have any easy tips for making your big day more Crunchy? Comment or connect with us! We’d love to hear it!