It’s easy going green with these wedding tips! Today we’re sharing our top 5 tips for hosting an eco friendly wedding. I was a wedding photographer for 8-years and was always so disappointed with the amount of waste I witnessed. There is just so much tossed at the end of the night and everything from the flowers to food goes to waste. Hosting an eco friendly wedding doesn’t mean you need to skip on anything, rather it’s about making small changes so you make a smaller footprint. Read on below for our 5 tips for hosting an eco friendly wedding!The Happy Bloom via Coastal Bride
Decorate With Potted Plants and Faux Flowers
Potted plants are a great option for wedding decor as they won’t go to waste. After your wedding you can easily replant them at home and a bonus is that you’ll always be reminded of your wedding day when you see them in your garden! This couple decorated their reception with potted herbs and I think we can all agree it’s super chic!
Another option is to rent your flowers. Something Borrowed Blooms offers flowers for all of the details of your wedding including bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Made from silk flowers, Something Borrowed Blooms looks just like the real thing! Plus, by renting faux florals you can have any type of flower you want, no matter the season!
Use Items That Serve Double Purposes
Decorate your wedding with items that serve double duty. Place cards that also serve as wedding favors like these DIY succulent favors are smart on your wallet and the environment. These DIY champagne cork place cards are elegant and a great way to reuse an item that would have normally been tossed. If you get creative there are a lot of ways you can re-use items within your wedding decor.
Work with your bar service, catering company and venue to insure that all wine bottles and beer cans are being recycled. This may seem like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many bottles stack up at a wedding only to simply get tossed in the trash at the end of the night.
Provide Guest Transportation
Providing transportation for your guests not only is safer but will reduce the number of vehicles (and therefore gas) used.
Donate Your Wedding Leftovers
Ask your caterer if they have a partnership with a food redistribution center. If they do not, contact a local food bank or shelter to see if they would be interested in receiving your leftover food and what the requirements may be. Most food redistribution centers will only accept food that is packaged or kept in a controlled environment, but it never hurts to ask!