Our dear friends just had their wedding, that was not only aesthetically pleasing but also beautiful in the most important way. They planned a gorgeous ceremony, keeping in mind all the ways to make their special day as sustainable as possible. This day turned out to be very special and cozy. Naturally, we want to share all the ways that you can make your big celebration eco-friendly and good for the earth.
We arrived at their house early in the morning. The main celebration was held in their house’s garden and the ceremony took place in a small nearest town church.
We knew planning a wedding involves a lot of stress, but our friends Vytas and Gabija looked super chill on their wedding morning. They decided not to stress themselves out with unnecessary details and kept their wedding small, cozy and very eco-friendly.
The invitation we received was a tiny envelope with clover seeds inside of it. I thought it’s the cutest and greenest idea I have ever seen! I know that ordinary invitations don’t get a lot of excitement when you get them. My friends had an intention that guests will plant clovers and this way will plant happiness. So instead of getting regular paper waste in the form of invitation, everyone got beautiful flower seeds that they can plant in their own backyard. There’s a huge difference, right?
Celebration and stationary venue
Choosing a venue is very important and is usually your first major decision when planning a wedding. One of the biggest ways to cut down on energy is to get married outdoors. As I already mentioned above our friends’ ceremony took place in a small church and the main celebration was organized in their own backyard. To make the atmosphere more relaxed and cozy, they hanged a few hammocks and swings, put out comfy chairs and tables.
There are tons of beautiful botanical gardens, hilltops and refurbished barns that are modern and innovative to celebrate your wedding too!
If you want your wedding to be eco-friendly, you need to consider what food is going to be served. When choosing your wedding food, the greenest solution is to go with local and seasonal produce. Not only is it going to reduce your carbon footprint, but it will support local farmers as well.
Our friends served a big variety of seasonal vegetables and they asked friends to help to prepare snacks like hummus and salads so they wouldn’t need to buy packaged food.
Tables were full of fresh, raw veggies and snacks, while two friends spend almost the all of the evening roasting delicious meals on the grill! You’ll be surprised to find that some of the tastiest items are those that don’t really travel far but are freshly picked and minimally prepared.
Also, don’t forget to think about those extra plates for the cake. It’s unusual to have 100 plates at home, so choose wisely and get biodegradable tableware instead of plastic.
Did you know that flowers aren’t grown organically and companies use chemicals to keep insects away, which can end up affecting the organic matter in soil or in some cases, causing illness in the workers who handle them?
So the best decision is to go for locally grown flowers or even fruits and vegetables (yes, that’s possible) for your wedding flowers.
I was shocked to know that most brides spend about $1000 on their wedding dress. There are much cheaper and more sustainable ways to find a wedding dress than buying a new one.
Upcycling a gown used by a someone in your family is a unique and special experience. You can also find amazing vintage dresses at thrift stores if you look carefully. By upcycling, you will be lowering your environmental footprint, saving money and wearing something that carries a meaning.
My dear friend Gabija had chosen wisely and did exactly what I wrote above. She found her dress in a second-hand shop, used the flower wreath her mother worn at her wedding and her veil was passed to her form her grandmother. Gabija looked stunning on her wedding day and all of her attributes had a special meaning.
Eco-friendly Party Favors
Our friends made a very simple, but memorable party favors. They went to the fields and collected wildflowers to make small bouquets. The intention of it was that no one should leave the wedding without a bouquet (when ladies try to catch the bride’s bouquet) and would get married soon. Also, the bouquets were made from wild herbs, so people could use it as a tea if they want to.
Each of us also left with a tasty cupcake.
This whole wedding was very cozy and relaxed, the atmosphere as unforgettable.