Spotlight: 7 Green Wedding Ideas for a Sustainable Celebration

Reduce your wedding's carbon footprint with these eco-friendly tips
Written by
Laura Cross

Are you planning a wedding and want to make it a more sustainable and eco-conscious event? We've gathered a few expert tips to help you create a wedding that's not only memorable, but also environmentally responsible. From organic garden venues to eco-friendly candles and thoughtful flower planning, here are seven sustainable wedding ideas to reduce your wedding's environmental footprint.

1. Organic Garden Venue
If you're dreaming of an intimate and organic wedding reception, consider hosting it in a Certified Organic Garden like the one at the Boulders Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Julie Garber from the Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale recommends this 5,600 sq. ft. garden with naturally-flowing water, reflection ponds, and outdoor dining areas. The garden grows seasonal organic vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers, and even offers a variety of citrus trees. Customized wedding menus feature ingredients freshly picked from the garden, including organic wines and beverages.

2. Plantable Invitations
Send out wedding invitations that guests can plant to grow wildflowers or herbs. These plantable invitations are made from biodegradable materials embedded with seeds. Once the wedding is over, your guests can plant the invitation and watch it bloom, creating a lasting memory of your special day.

3. Sustainable Candle Magic
Instead of traditional candles, opt for eco-friendly "sand wax" candles, as suggested by Dominique Mattessino from Soul Agave. These candles can be reused multiple times, reducing waste and the need for constant replacements. They burn cleanly and last longer, offering a warm glow to your wedding.

4. Zero-Waste Favors
Instead of traditional wedding favors that often go unused or discarded, consider zero-waste options. Give guests items like reusable canvas totes, stainless steel straws, or potted succulents. These eco-friendly favors are not only practical but also reduce the overall waste generated by your wedding.

5. Upcycled Decor
Get creative with your wedding decor by upcycling items to give them a new life. Consider using reclaimed wood for signage, tables, and backdrops. Vintage and thrifted items can also add character to your wedding, from antique frames for table numbers to repurposed mason jars for centerpieces. Upcycling not only adds a unique touch to your decor but also reduces the demand for new resources.

6. Thoughtful Flower Planning
For floral-filled weddings, Mattessino recommends hiring a local florist who supports eco-friendly practices. Spread the floral love by donating your flowers after the wedding to retirement or funeral homes. Alternatively, brighten up your post-wedding brunch with by repurposing some of the flowers from the night before, enhancing the atmosphere and giving your guests another day to enjoy the flowers.

7. Catering with Local and Seasonal Ingredients
Choose a caterer that focuses on using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. By supporting local farmers and using in-season produce, you not only provide fresh and delicious meals for your guests but also reduce the carbon emissions associated with long-distance transportation. A farm-to-table approach is not only sustainable but also showcases the flavors of the region.