The question’s been popped, the engagement ring is on. But now it’s time to plan. Many are much more conscious of making eco-friendly choices these days, and weddings don’t have to be an exception. Here are our top tips for throwing an eco-friendly wedding that is still everything you dreamed of.
Easy Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips
The Stationery: Use Recycled Or ‘Seed’ Paper
Once, paper invitations were the only way to go. Now, there’s emails, Facebook events, third party websites, the options are endless. But if you want to use the real deal, there’s still eco-friendly wedding worthy choices.
Recycled paper is easy enough to access, and many designers offer it. However, you can go one step further and get ‘seed’ paper. Seed paper is actually embedded with little seeds. So once your guest has attended the wedding, they can bury the paper. This will grow a plant or two that reminds them of you! How cute.
The Menu: Make It Seasonal
Menus can be so much more than ‘chicken or fish?’ these days. Find a caterer who can work with a seasonal menu using local ingredients. Seasonal ingredients are not just easier to find and cheaper to source, but will also have more flavour.
Your menu will not only be tastier – it will also require fewer ‘food miles’, support local farms, and will be more affordable. That’s a winning combination!
The Venue: Choose Recycling-Friendly
There are so many questions to ask when viewing a potential venue. But one that many forget is asking about the venue’s rubbish policy. But the waste from a wedding can really add up quickly, between alcohol bottles, leftover food and napkins.
Look for a venue that uses recycling for glass and paper items. If you’re lucky, you might even find one that also uses composting to reduce waste.
The Decorations: Hit The Op Shops
Flower centrepieces have been done too many times. Now, the trend is quirky decorations that can be re-used instead of tossed in the trash. You can take this one step further and hit the local op shop for ideas.
Transform cheap mason jars into tea-candle holders. Look for mix and match glasses, cutlery and decorations that suit your theme. Use bottles to hold some seasonal sprigs of herbs instead of flowers. You might even find a dream accessory or dress if you’re lucky!
The Transport: Look For Carbon Neutral
Sure, you can catch a bus or ride a bike if you really wanted. But if you want to find a happy compromise between luxury and eco-friendly, look for a carbon-neutral transport option.
Did you know that Australia In Style is Sydney’s first transport company to offset its emissions? We believe in keeping things eco-friendly. So if you don’t want to bike it to your wedding, we’ve got you covered.