5 Tips for an Eco Friendly Wedding

When planning your wedding, it is easy to get so wrapped up in picking your vendors and deciding on pretty details that we often forget to consider the effect that a wedding has on the environment. Unfortunately, some popular wedding trends are a bit hard on Mother Nature. In celebration of Earth Day, we are sharing 5 tips to ensure you are doing your best to have an eco-friendly wedding.

Tip #1: Choose an Eco-Friendly Favor

Ask any married couple and they will tell you that many of their favors were left behind, and while choosing a consumable favor such as a cookie may seem like a step in the right direction, consider how many plastic wrappers are used. Consider using potted succulents as a wedding favor. Succulent wedding favors aren’t just an eco-friendly choice, they can also serve as a place setting and make for beautiful table decor!

You can also choose to completely forgo the favors and instead donate to your favorite cause. Check out  I Do Foundation to get started.

Tip #2: Go Digital!

Ok, so we know that for the most part photography is digital, but what we don’t often think of is the photobooth! Orange Blossom Bride vendor Party Shots Orlando told us that couples who want to make sure they are taking it easy on Mother Nature can opt to skip the printed picture strips and stick with digital copies!

Tip #3: Rent Your Tableware

Depending on your venue and caterer, you may need to provide your own tableware. Instead of purchasing disposable plates for your wedding, opt to rent your tableware from a local vendor. This is the perfect way to keep your wedding environmentally friendly while also creating a beautiful table setting for your guests! Bonus: Many of your rental companies have setup, pickup, and washing included in the rental fee! We are happy to have Dishie Rentals as Central Florida’s go-to tableware rental company! 

Tabletop Rentals: Dishie Rentals | Florist: Events by The Flower Studio | Photo: Brandy Grace Photography

Tip #4: Toss Lavender or Dried Flowers

While shiny confetti may seem like a ton of fun to toss while you are exiting your ceremony, it is most definitely not environmentally friendly. If not cleaned up immediately the pieces can be swallowed by wildlife, and even if it is cleaned up properly it is still waste that can be avoided. Opt for dried lavender or wildflowers. It looks beautiful, smells beautiful, and is safe for the environment! 

Tip #5: Make Signage From Reusable Materials

We love custom signage as much as the next person, but to make your wedding day a little more eco-friendly consider ditching the paper signage that will just get tossed after the wedding and instead opt for reusable items such as mirrors or acrylic pieces. 

These are just a few small changes that can make a big impact on the environment. If you have any additional tips on having an eco-friendly wedding please leave them in the comments below!

Calligraphy: Two Peas Designs / Photo: Ashley McCormick Photography