Guest Post: by Alex Lerado

Maybe you’ve heard the term “eco-friendly weddings” or “green wedding” a lot lately. You may have some information about it but are unsure of how to plan one. Or maybe you don’t know what it is but would like to find out. Let’s talk about eco-friendly weddings and how to start organizing one of your own!

Eco-Friendly Weddings - What Are They and How to Plan One

What is an Eco-Friendly Wedding?

An eco-friendly wedding is an event that considers the environmental impacts and takes care not to harm the earth. It also means to try and go the extra step and create an event that can help the world. This is an excellent idea for anyone, especially those that are concerned about the state of our planet and want to give back.

How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Event

You’re ready to plan a fantastic eco-friendly party, so where should you start? Let’s check out some wedding ideas that can make your event an environmentally responsible one.

Food

This is a big way to give back to the planet. When you consider your wedding food choices, try to pick sustainable options. This may mean choosing cuisine from a local restaurant or company, but it can also mean looking into where the food comes from and how it’s grown. Choose a caterer that has environmentally friendly food practices.

Paper Products

You can easily create less paper waste by sending out your wedding invitations through email or in electronic form. Allow people to RSVP over the phone or online, saving them from needing response cards. This will save a ton of paper and can help the earth.

Favors

When you give out wedding favors to your guests, why not choose something with a green wedding theme? Favors like small plants, or seeds to plant, can be used to help the earth, and they make a memorable gift.

Awareness

Raise awareness for the cause at your wedding. Include recycle bins in addition to trash cans, and book a hotel that’s nearby so guests can walk or bike to your event. This will let people know how important it is to reduce environmental damage, and it gives guests first-hand experience with how to do so.

Other Ideas

Here are a few more suggestions for hosting a green wedding. If you want, you can allow people to donate to an environmental cause as a wedding present. This can make a big difference. 

You may also choose a wedding dress rental, or buy second-hand instead of purchasing a brand new dress. This helps the environment by giving the dress a second life and keeping it from being thrown away. Plus, you’ll likely save money, too.

Conclusion

There are millions of ways to show you care about the earth through “eco-friendly weddings”. This summer, make choices that will help the environment and raise awareness of all the ways that humans can help the planet. When you do this, your wedding is not only a joyous occasion, but you’re also giving back and helping others.

Alex Loredo is a freelance writer. She utilizes her knowledge of events and planning to create content that motivates and inspires. She writes for Thrive Global, Adventures and Coffee, and more. Alex specializes in events, hospitality, and planning topics. When she isn’t writing, she can be found reading, baking, or on a never-ending quest for the world’s best cup of coffee.

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