ADVICE - 5 Impactful Ways to Plan An Eco-friendly Wedding

17th February 2020

Every year, people plan larger-than-life extravagant weddings with couples spending considerable money to create picture-perfect memories on their big day in front of hundreds of guests. While weddings are often accused of being wasteful events in many ways, they don’t have to be. There are many different eco-friendly wedding options one can go for to reduce wedding waste or lessen the carbon footprint while you tie the knot.

Want to have a beautiful wedding without feeling guilt-free about the environmental impact? Here are 5 ways to have an amazing eco-friendly wedding! Check ’em out!

1. Use Plantable Wedding Stationery

5 Impactful Ways to Plan An Eco-friendly Wedding - plantable stationeryEveryone loves receiving a wedding invite, and not just because it is something stylish addition to the mantelpiece. Wedding invites are a way of expressing to your loved ones that you want them to share the joy of celebrating your future together. Beautiful, right? And, yet, ironically, many wedding invitations are actually quite harmful to our future. Wedding invitations are generally printed on sheets of fancy paper; as well as the save-the-dates, response cards, and the envelopes they all go in. All things considered; your invites could be using up a sizable chunk of forest. So, why not plant love and give back to the environment with plantable wedding stationery? These are biodegradable seed paper products that grow! Each such item is embedded with seeds and is available in multiple colours and designs, as are the seed wedding favours, tags, place cards, and reply cards.

2. Donate Your Wedding Food Leftovers

5 Impactful Ways to Plan An Eco-friendly Wedding - donate leftoversWe understand. Once the reception is over, it can be difficult figuring out what to do with leftover food at the banquet. No matter how carefully you plan, you might end up with an abundance of side dishes, extra cake, and mountains of gourmet snacks. Thankfully, it doesn't have to go to waste. If your wedding venue is close to a homeless shelter or food bank, make plans ahead of time for someone to drop off the leftover food to the shelter or have someone from the shelter pick it up. That way, someone who really needs it will get a nice meal. And you'll end up earning karma on your big day!

3. Opt for Ethical Engagement Rings

5 Impactful Ways to Plan An Eco-friendly Wedding - ethical engagement ringsChoosing the perfect diamond ring for your wedding? You do know there are both human rights and environmental concerns to be considered, right? Well, hello! Have you been living under a rock? The Harvesting diamonds has a history of causing conflicts, and the mining of precious metals is often detrimental to the environment. An ethically-sourced ring is therefore a must. and there is a wide variety of stunning and affordable options. Nowadays, many jewellery companies source recycled or Fair Trade gold, as well as vintage and conflict-free diamonds and jewels, to create engagement rings. Many such brands are green-certified and give back to environmental projects and local communities.

4. Go Thrifty with Decor Pieces

5 Impactful Ways to Plan An Eco-friendly Wedding - thrit and charity shop decorNot only is shopping at thrift stores a great way to save money, but it's also a pivotal way to plan a thoughtful wedding. Consider your carbon-footprint when shopping for items for your big day. Doesn't it feel better to use something again, rather than wastefully buying something new? Thrift stores are gold mines for wedding decor. Honestly, why waste a fortune on something like say a table decor that you'll only use once? If you are involved in planning a wedding, definitely hit up the local thrift stores and see what you can score. You'll likely find many of the essential decor items for a fraction of the cost.

5. Use Ethical Beauty Products

5 Impactful Ways to Plan An Eco-friendly Wedding - ethical beauty productsAnimal testing is the ugly side of the beauty industry, and it's time we firmly support companies that choose not to participate in it. Nowadays, many beauty brands do not test their cosmetics on animals or use animal products, and many of them use natural ingredients that are good for you and the earth. Some are entirely vegan, and all are at least vegan-friendly, so if you're avoiding animal ingredients, there are plenty of beautiful options to choose from. Try adding some cruelty-free, zero-waste or locally-produced products to your pre-wedding skincare routine, if you haven't already.

So, these are 5 eco-friendly wedding planning tips and ideas. Hope you like this post. If you have any more tips that you’d like to share, add them to the comments below!

About the author: HappyShappy is a discovery platform for India’s best ideas and favourite products and is also a universal shopping cart for all the things you love from anywhere else on the web. HappyShappy celebrates the best of India’s homegrown brands and provides consumers with a variety of content across 20+ categories – fashion, gifting, beauty, food, decor, jewellery, weddings, birthday cakes and more. By bridging the gap between users who enjoy amazing inspiration and unique products, and sellers who want to reach relevant customers on an aesthetic platform, HappyShappy is making India much happier, one app at a time.

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