Following the GO GREEN campaign worldwide, many couples are saying “I do” to Zero-Waste weddings. To protect the environment, they are focusing on sustainability for everything from floral design and invitations to dresses and food.
The ultimate goal is to recycle, reuse, compost and keep anything from becoming trash. Whether or not couples succeed in reaching the Zero-Waste wedding goal, they are indeed more conscious about the ecological impact of their wedding. Moreover, they are aiming for doing something as close to that as possible.
The key to a successful Zero-waste wedding is letting wedding planners, vendors and venue owner know from the start that the couples are serious about going Zero-Waste. While flexibility and creativity are essential.
Zero-Waste wedding tips:
Here are some useful tips to organise a zero waste wedding for 2019!
Cloth napkins, authentic tableware, glassware and plates, are better than disposables. Nowadays, it is easy enough to rent, borrow or find things in the market. While sometimes an eclectic mix of dishes and glasses can be fun.
Colourful displays of fruits, vegetables or even flower petals as table centrepieces that guests can take home and enjoy are recommended instead of floral decor.
Instead of traditional wedding gifts, guests may like to bring a side dish or something to drink, and contribute to the honeymoon fund.
Couples may also ask for donations to their favourite charity, or contributions toward a goal, such as a down payment for a house can be an ideal gift.
Couples may like to use an email option to send invitations, and this would be the best Zero-Waste option.
If they are still set on paper though, they may go for recycled paper with vegetable ink. Some papers are immersed with seeds, so guests can even soak the invitation in water and then plant it.
Wedding dresses and tuxedos can be rented like tables, chairs and linens, for both bride and groom and even for their best friends. Second-hand dresses are also fashionable and can be tailored to the required size.
Many designers now make Zero-Waste dresses using fabric scraps instead of throwing them into the trash.
To cut back on waste, make sure the florist is not using foam in centrepieces and other arrangements because it’s one of those products that is non-biodegradable and is unnecessary too.
Many organisations pick up arrangements and give them to nursing homes and other institutions. Couples may also make sure that flowers are composted instead up ending up in a landfill somewhere.
Couples may forgo cut flowers altogether in favour of potted plants, which can then be gifted or planted.
The centrepieces and other decor items, like flowers, fruits or vegetables, can double as gifts for guests, as can things like votive candles.