Tips for a SUSTAINABLE WEDDING
Updated: Jan 6
A sustainable wedding is one where the couple makes the decision to reduce the ecological impact of their wedding, implementing certain actions and materials that help achieve it. It is important to keep in mind that the important thing is to REDUCE, it is not necessary to feel bad if you cannot have a 100% sustainable wedding.
Recently, sustainable weddings are more and more seen and heard from all sides. It is inevitable to become more aware of the impact we have on the place we live and we know that massive events are great generators of garbage that could be reduced if we take the necessary measures.
Here are some tips to make your wedding sustainable and eco-friendly.
1. Wear a second hand or vintage wedding dress.
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting on the planet, that is why opting for a more environmentally friendly alternative is one of the best decisions you can make for your sustainable wedding.
One option is to choose to wear a vintage or second-hand dress, either from a relative or purchased. The wedding dress is a garment that is worn only for a few hours, you can find online pages where other brides sell their dresses in very good condition for a much lower price than the original.
If you have not had luck buying a second-hand one, another alternative is to look for wedding dresses from sustainable brands that use recycled fabrics, under ecological processes and manufactured in an ethical way.
2. Celebrate in an eco-friendly venue
Having a wedding on the beach is an excellent option, hotels in Punta Cana are committed to caring for the environment, in addition to having a wedding on the seashore ensures a most beautiful wedding. You won't have to sacrifice style for sustainability. You and your partner will be sure to create the least amount of waste during your celebration.
3. Choose a banquet with a local menu and friendly to the environment.
Choose a menu that is based on seasonal, organic and local products. By doing this you reduce the carbon emissions that would have to use food that has to be imported. In addition, helping local producers and businesses is always a plus.
4. Recycle and give things a second use
Sit with your partner and make a list of things you want for your wedding, try to eliminate those things that are single use and that cannot be given a second purpose. Disposables, balloons, straws, paper napkins... there are many elements that we use at parties that we could replace with ecological elements.
5. Use recycled paper
We love wedding stationery, it is a super original and creative way to personalize the decoration. A good idea to reduce the impact of using paper is to use recycled or biodegradable paper.
6. Ask for a donation from an NGO as a wedding gift.
Sometimes it seems that gifts is one more protocol to fill in some weddings, or many times we receive gifts that are not to our liking and end up stored in the closet. One idea that you can implement at your sustainable wedding is to choose a nonprofit organization that supports a cause you genuinely believe in, so your guests can make a small donation instead of buying an expensive gift.
7. Hand out wedding souvenirs with purpose.
Why don't you give something nice, original and useful, that also doesn't pollute the planet? From seeds and plants to sow at home, bath salts, essential oils with natural ingredients to enjoy in a relaxing moment. There are many options that will leave a nice memory of your ecological wedding to your guests in a responsible way.
Remember, do not pressure yourself too much to have a zero waste wedding, it is only a matter of making more conscious decisions and choosing the most ecological option. Choosing to have a sustainable wedding is more about reducing the impact, but not about solving all the problems in the world with your wedding by sacrificing its celebration.
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By Veronica Rodriguez