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But First, Love the Planet: Why Sustainable Weddings Are the New “Something Borrowed”

Mar 19, 2024

Planning your wedding? Butterflies fluttering in your stomach? Vision board overflowing with peonies and Pinterest-perfect centerpieces? Hold on, lovebirds, before you get swept away in a whirlwind of white tablecloths and endless champagne toasts, let’s talk about something truly breathtaking: a wedding that celebrates not just your love, but also our beautiful planet!

Sustainable weddings? Doesn’t that sound like swapping fairy lights for flickering candles and ditching the dance floor for a barefoot ceremony on the beach? (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t!) Think of it as the ultimate upgrade to your “something borrowed” tradition. Borrowing a commitment to the environment for your big day is the new “it” accessory, adding a touch of conscious cool to your celebration.

But Why Go Green? Here’s the Eco-Glitter You Need to Know

It’s Not Just a Trend, It’s a Necessity

The wedding industry leaves a hefty footprint. From single-use decorations to energy-guzzling venues, traditional weddings can pack a punch on the environment. Going sustainable helps minimise your impact and ensures your love story has a happy ending for the planet too.

Conscious Couples Rule!

Millennial and Gen Z couples are increasingly prioritising sustainability in all aspects of their lives, including their weddings. By embracing environmentally friendly practices, you’re not just making a statement, you’re catering to a growing market that appreciates businesses (and weddings!) that share their values.

Save Green While Going Green!

Sustainable choices can actually save you money! Look for locally grown flowers instead of imported orchids, digital invitations instead of mass produced paper ones, and reusable décor instead of single-use items. Being conscious doesn’t have to break the bank, it can actually boost your budget.

Sustainability Doesn’t Mean Sacrificing Style (Promise!)

Okay, okay, we get it. You want a wedding that’s stunning, unforgettable, and reflects your unique love story. But trust us, sustainable doesn’t have to mean sacrificing an ounce of style. Here are some ways to add a touch of eco-chic to your celebration:

Venue Vibes. Consider a venue that embraces sustainability, like a charming barn with solar panels or a botanical garden with a commitment to conservation.
Flower Power. Opt for locally-sourced, seasonal blooms displayed using sustainable techniques for your bouquets and centerpieces. They’ll be fresher, last longer, and be oh-so-fragrant! Check out some of our wonderful flower farmers and sustainable florists.
Ditch the Disposable. Choose reusable plates, cutlery, and napkins instead of disposable options. It’s more environmentally friendly and adds a touch of elegance. Talk to your caterer about sourcing reusables.
Dress to Impress (Sustainably). Look for pre-loved wedding attire or consider renting your dream outfit? You’ll save money and rock a unique, conscious look.
Gifts that Give Back. Skip the traditional registry and ask guests to donate to an environmental charity in your name.

Ready to Say “I Do” to Sustainability?

Planning a sustainable wedding can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! There are tons of resources available to help you make more conscious choices, including our amazing Conscious Couples Planning Blog!

Stay tuned for more tips on sustainable wedding planning, from environmentally friendly favours to green transportation options. Together, let’s make sure your wedding story is one for the ages, for you and for the planet!

P.S. Want to get a head start on planning your dream sustainable wedding? Head over to our Supplier Directory and discover businesses that share your conscious values!

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