It’s no secret that weddings generate lots of waste, but how is it possible to create your dream Pinterest wedding the environmentally friendly way? We’re sharing our tips on eco friendly wedding ideas:
Print is beautiful, but not many guests will keep your save the dates and invitations as keepsakes. Instead, opt for beautifully designed digital invitations and have one set printed, which you can keep as a reminder of your special day.
If you have your heart set on printed invitations, we love the idea of plantable seeded paper!
Research Your Venue
The first step in ensuring you have an environmentally friendly wedding is choosing a venue that supports your vision. South Africa is host to many stunning green hotels and venues that support sustainable initiatives and has an ethical business practice. Some of our favourite green venues include The Oysterbox, Thaba Eco Hotel and Grootbos Nature Reserve.
Ditch The Sparklers
Sure, a sendoff with sparklers is incredibly beautiful and they make for beautiful images, but is it worth the environmental impact? What about lanterns or balloons that get released into the air? Instead, opt for sustainable options like biodegradable confetti, birdseed or an array of petals and greenery.
Use caterers who make use of local, seasonal and sustainable produce. By eating locally, you will contribute to less carbon emissions from shipping. If you’d like to go one step further, we recommend donating all leftovers to your local shelter!
Choose Potted Plants
Instead of elaborate floral centerpieces, opt for potted plants. Not only are these incredibly beautiful, they can also double up as guest favours. If you’re using flowers, remind your florist to only make use of locally sourced flowers that are sustainably grown.
Research Your Vendors
Do a bit of research on your potential wedding service providers. Do any of them make a conscious effort to reduce waste and minimize their carbon footprint? Speak to your service providers and talk them through your dream of having an eco friendly wedding. We’re pretty sure that they would be delighted to assist in making your dream a reality!