If you are planning your wedding this year and want to keep it as sustainable as possible, you can do a variety of things to help reduce your carbon footprint on your wedding day. From smaller, more intimate weddings to renting decor, these trends will help you minimize your environmental impact without having to sacrifice style or fun.
Sustainable Wedding Trends
The trend of small, intimate weddings started in 2021 due to the pandemic and is here to stay. Not only does it make your wedding feel more romantic, but it also helps cut down the number of extra decor items and even appetizers and dinner plates, ultimately making your wedding more sustainable.
When it comes to sustainability, we are seeing more couples seeking out sustainable wedding venues that take sustainability seriously to ensure their wedding day stays eco-friendly. When searching for a venue, look at the venue’s energy star rating and check to see if they have any environmental design certifications. Don’t be afraid to talk to the venue about their sustainable practices.
Couples are skipping the venue altogether and saying “I do” outdoors. From beaches to national parks, there are a variety of beautiful venues that will help keep your wedding day sustainable. Embrace the outdoors and use the natural foliage as part of your wedding decor. The natural lighting will make for beautiful photographs.
Venues with Built-In Decor
In 2022, expect couples to for venues with built-in decor to use as focal points throughout the ceremony and reception. It acts as natural decor while keeping couples from having to buy extra decorative items. Botanical gardens, brick walls, or greenhouses make for sustainable decor and beautiful backdrops for images. It not only helps to stay on budget but will focus on the natural beauty within the venue.
Swap Florals for Plants
While fresh-cut florals are beautiful, they aren’t the best when it comes to sustainability trends. Potted plants are making a splash this upcoming wedding season and can be reused at home, in the garden, or even used as a favor for guests. Couples are looking for potted plants that they know will fit in with their garden the best, like orchids or trees.
Couples that are opting for fresh-cut florals are sourcing them from local farms. This helps keep it reasonably sustainable by reducing the distance the flowers need to be transported. Some florists offer composting options after the big day, making it even more sustainable. If you find that your flowers cannot be composted, consider donating them to your local hospital or senior center to ensure the beautiful blooms get full use.
Rent Wedding Decor
One of the most significant sustainable wedding trends we see in Dallas, Fort Worth is renting items versus buying. You can rent just about anything for your big day, from equipment to beautiful decor. Consider swapping out paper plates or plastic cups for rented glass stemware or plates. It not only adds beautiful items to your tables but will keep the plastic and paper out of your local landfill.
Tip: Remember to check in with your venue. Some venues offer linens as part of the venue charge, allowing you to skip renting linens altogether and borrow from the venue.
Donate Leftover Decor
We are seeing more and more couples donating the leftover wedding decor that they purchased instead of renting decor. It keeps the items from ending up in their local landfill and helps other couples from having to buy decor for their wedding.
Eco-friendly registries are trending this year and are a great way to help support you to stay sustainable over time, even after your big day. These items will help you produce extra waste, like stainless straws and metal tea bags, that can be used repeatedly. If you want to truly stay sustainable with your registry, skip material gifts altogether and opt for donations to a charity instead. Choose a charity that is meaningful to you and your partner.
Ditch the Exit Toss
What was once a famous exit is forgone because it is not sustainable and suitable for the ecosystem. If you want to keep the exit toss, consider tossing flower tables for a biodegradable option, not to mention the chic and romantic addition that flower petals add. Mix the flower petals in paper bags that can be recycled or have large baskets or vessels that guests can grab a hand full to ensure the entire exit toss is more sustainable.
Cut Out Unnecessary Paper
Invites and saves the dates are often thrown out, making it a waste of paper in the long run. We are seeing more couples opting for digital save the dates and invites to help cut out unnecessary paper from their wedding. It helps to save paper and makes it easy for guests to receive the invites without the worry of it getting lost in the mail. Whether you want to skip the save the date and send invitations or use recycled paper for both, we see more sustainable options to choose from this upcoming year.
Ethical Wedding Rings
In 2022, expect to see more and more couples opting for ethically sourced wedding rings. Look for diamonds that are lab-grown as it is a great sustainable option. Look into vintage options for a more one-of-a-kind ring, whether a family heirloom or shopped from an estate sale.
More caterers are starting to offer sustainable options, specifically caterers from local farmers. Eating local not only supports your local small businesses but also cuts down on travel distance, which cuts carbon emissions.
Skip The Buffet
Buffets often lead to a lot of food waste due to the uncertainty of how much everyone will be eating. Having a plated dinner allows your caterer to plan (and cook) just enough food for each guest that attends your wedding, leading to less food waste overall.
While balloon arches are still popular, we expect to see less of them in weddings in 2022. While a fun wedding addition, they tend to get popped and left outdoors, which can often lead to animals ingesting them because they mistake the balloons for food. Couples are opting to skip the balloon arches altogether and are replacing them with floral arches.
Most wedding favors get forgotten about or end up in landfills. Couples are rethinking wedding day favors and getting creative with what they gift. Think of a meaningful gift that you know guests will actually use, like coffee mugs or wine openers. Consider skipping the favor and making a donation to your favorite charity in your guests’ name.
Are you getting married in 2022? Contact us to book your venue today!