Eco-friendly weddings are the en vogue theme for the 2020-2021 wedding season.
What’s better than organizing your own special day in a unique way and, at the same time, doing your part to minimize your environmental impact?
It’s not difficult to be responsible and mindful about the planet. Keep reading for new ideas and inspirations eco-sustainable with lower environmental impact but that are still on trend.
Here are five ideas you can follow to celebrate your love in an eco-friendly way:
Zero-waste bridal gown
Starting from the wedding day’s wardrobe, you can embed a variety of recycled details to make sustainable decisions.
Reusing a wedding dress can be a very romantic choice, especially if it is the one that your mother wore at the altar. If instead you desire to purchase the dress of your dreams, you can search among vintage shops and boutiques that offer stylish dresses either pre-worn or made with recycled materials, such as organic cotton or linen.
You can find several models: from the simplest lines to the most extravagant cuts, from empire style wedding dresses to mermaid shape. Another pro of buying second-hand dresses is that they often come at a much better price.
Finally, think about reselling, donating or repurposing your dress after the wedding, having it turned into a cocktail party or everyday dress by a tailor.
A genuine and local choice
Eco-sustainable choices also involve food and flowers. In both cases, it is possible to select fresh and seasonal goods that can reduce the environmental impact and rely on local companies that focus on responsible production.
With regards to food choices, you can include organic, local ingredients in the menu, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. As for flowers, consider using local wildflowers or potted plants as centerpieces, which can be repurposed as house plants after the wedding.
Don’t forget to replace the traditional rice or paper confetti with flower petals, this is a romantic idea with a much lower impact on the environment!
Another area where you can make a green choice is wedding invitations.
Modern times allow you to limit waste by using digital save the date, invitations and RSVP’s. If having paper invitations is important to you, consider using recycled material or even find paper with seeds sown into it that can be planted.
Venue and decoration
Some wedding venues are more eco-friendly than others. You can get married in outdoor areas such as a park or beach, or in “green places” such as organic farms and vineyards. In Italy you can find numerous and diverse venue options where the setting’s natural beauty makes purchasing lots of additional decorations unnecessary. Let Mother Nature be your backdrop!
When choosing decorations, how about checking out flea markets and thrift stores? You will find truly unique items to create an original look for your wedding layout, such as candle holders, frames, glass vases and table runners.
Eco-conscious wedding favors
Set your creativity free and make unique favors using recycled materials. If you don’t have a passion for crafts, you can opt for gifts that express your act of love for the planet such as small pots of succulent plants or flower seeds.
Another possibility is to choose regional products such as olive oil & vinegar, liquor, soap or works of art that support local artisans and shops.
Consider including a note with your favors or wedding program about the eco-friendly choices you made for your special day. You might just inspire a future bride or groom to do the same!
Eco-friendly touches can be applied to every aspect of your wedding.
Unleash your creativity to find sustainable ideas to make your special day unforgettable and green.
P.S: A nice idea to enshrine the relationship with your partner, without unnecessary waste, is to plant a tree together as a symbol of your love for each other and for the planet!