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People are more conscious of the environment now than ever before! Because of this, it’s no surprise that so many couples want to incorporate sustainability into their wedding day. Sustainable weddings have been one of the fastest growing wedding trends of the past few years, and there are many aspects of a wedding that can be made to go green. Let’s look at a few ways, big and small, to incorporate sustainability into your wedding day!


Everyone is well aware that picking the wedding venue is one of the most important factors of planning any wedding. The wedding venue is one of the most important features because it can really help set the mood for the entire ceremony and reception. But what does the venue have to do with sustainability? Well, it actually has a lot to do with it. If you want sustainability to be a big part of your special day, you could opt for an outside venue! This means that there would be a significant decrease in the amount of energy being used. However, if saving energy is what you’re going for, this would probably limit you to having a daytime wedding, so keep that in mind. If outside venues are not for you, you could achieve the same effect by picking a wedding venue with plenty of natural light shining inside!

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Wedding Dress

Another way to incorporate sustainability into your wedding day is through your wedding dress. It’s no secret that a lot of attention will be placed on your wedding dress, and luckily there are a few ways to promote sustainability while still wearing a gorgeous gown! First, there is always the option to buy a pre-owned wedding dress, which obviously includes vintage! Many people who live a sustainable lifestyle vow to buy fewer products, especially when it comes to fashion, because of the impact that fashion has on the environment. (Trust us, it’s shocking how much water it takes to make clothes!). Buying a pre-owned wedding dress may be the perfect option in this case! However, if that isn’t really your style, there is also the option to buy a wedding dress from an eco-friendly, or sustainable, designer. With the rise in popularity of sustainable weddings, there has obviously been a rise in the number of sustainable wedding dress designers, so there are plenty of beautiful dresses to choose from if this is an option you’re considering!

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Paper Products

One big way that you can incorporate sustainability into your wedding day is through the use of paper products. Instead of just buying any invitations or save-the-dates, you could switch to using recycled paper or biodegradable paper instead! We all know how many trees are cut down every year and how much paper gets thrown away or recycled daily, so this is a relatively easy way to incorporate sustainability into your wedding day! If this is something that interests you, it’s super easy to find eco-friendly wedding invites on the internet, but you can start by looking here at The Honest Consumer.

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One final way to incorporate sustainability into your wedding day is through your decor choices. You could opt for minimal decorations, but if you are someone who wants to have a lot of decor, there are plenty of sustainable options for you as well! You could rent decor from your venue or another business, which keeps you from buying products that you may never use again. You could also choose to search for decorations at local thrift stores or flea markets, which can lead to gorgeous, unique finds! Another way to commit to sustainability on your wedding day is through the flowers you buy for your wedding. If you buy flowers from a local vendor, not only are you supporting a local business, but you’re also hugely cutting down on your carbon footprint since the flowers won’t have to be transported from so far away. Basically, it’s a win-win for everyone!

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Photo Credit: Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

So there you have it! It’s super easy to incorporate sustainability into your wedding day with these tips. With the growing trend of sustainable weddings, there are plenty of options for you to have the sustainable wedding of your dreams. All it takes is a little bit of research and of course, planning!

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