eco-friendly wedding ideas
Reception Decoration,  Wedding Planning Advice

Eco-friendly Wedding Ideas

Little things that’ll help reduce the environmental footprint of your wedding

As we dig out of the winter blizzards, recover from the gluttony of Super Bowl celebrations, and savor the last few Valentine’s chocolates, we look towards Spring, and the return of daylight savings! During the following weeks, we’ll all begin to re-appreciate Mother Nature, and from time to time, actually stop to smell the roses. This awareness and consciousness of nature has become increasingly prevalent in the world of events. Weddings professionals in particular have seen a huge spike in demand for environmentally mindful celebrations, with couples now being a lot more thoughtful in their planning decisions. Which can be an uphill battle when you consider just how much is involved in the average wedding day. But don’t worry, if you’re in the midst of piecing together your big day, and you’re struggling for eco-friendly wedding ideas, we’ve got the inspiration you need!

wedding marquee from stamford tents

Image from Stamford Tent

Planning a wedding that puts the environment first has never been easier, as there are now so many venues, vendors, and event spaces out there that align with the core values of sustainability. Something that should certainly be celebrated! The demand for this type of service is not slowing down either, meaning that hopefully, in the future, it’ll be a lot easier to come across eco-friendly wedding ideas in the mainstream media. But for now, here’s a few to get you started. 


Eco-friendly Wedding Ideas for a Greener Celebration

Here are a few eco-friendly event ideas that’ll help your wedding be more sustainable

Take Your Invitations Online

Instead of mailing formal paper invitations in the post, send a digital invitation! There are so many stunning options available online now that’ll certainly make you think twice about snail mail. Plus, you won’t have to worry about guessing postage! 

Choose Locally Sourced & In-season Produce 

When planning your wedding menu, select items that are locally grown and/or in-season. I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the simplest joys in life is eating freshly picked blueberries! Delicious!

Unless you regularly shop from local suppliers, you’ll likely be amazed at how incredible the produce is all around you. And if you buy in-season, not only will your fruit and vegetables taste better, but they’ll be cheaper too!

eco-friendly wedding ideas local produce and in-season food

Quiz Your Prospective ‘Green Venue’

Talk to your prospective wedding venue and/or event planner about their eco-friendly practices, and ensure their ideas for your big day align with your own principles. 

Do they use energy-efficient lighting? Are untouched leftovers donated to charity? How do they contribute to environmental organizations in the local community? These are just a few questions to get you started. 

Before you enter into any environmental, or sustainable conversations with your venue, set your non-negotiables and do some research into areas you’re not confident in. The last thing you want is to be getting into a discussion with a venue about sustainability, only to realize you’re way over your head! Know your stuff, and decide together beforehand on the things you cannot let slide.

Image from Stamford Tent

Choose a Wedding That Needs Little Extra Decor 

A huge contributing factor to the waste the average wedding produces, is decor. Backdrops, banners, hanging fabrics – just some of the one-use purchases that’ll likely be thrown away post-nuptials. This waste can be eliminated by choosing a wedding venue that needs little decoration. Be that a stunning barn, castle, or chic tent surrounded by acres of verdant greenery. 

Let your venue do the heavy lifting in terms of decor, and whenever possible, rent rather than buy. That way, at least somebody else will be able to use your items after you. 

Search Out Eco-friendly Wedding Favor Ideas

We’re sorry to say, but the average wedding favor is either left unwanted or tossed in the trash. Meaning your hard-earned wedding budget is being spent needlessly, while also contributing to our global waste issue. Be more forward-thinking in your approach to wedding favors, and select gifts that actually hold value for you and your loved ones.

There are so many eco-friendly wedding favors out there right now that your guests will genuinely love and get some use out of. From personalized seed packets and beeswax food coverings, to locally produced chocolate and bamboo straws. Get creative with your favors and avoid going with the easiest option.

When it comes to eco-friendly wedding ideas, there is a world of possibilities out there, and every one of them will make a difference. Be mindful with your choices today, and hopefully, our future generations will reap the rewards. 

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly wedding venue, and you like the idea of renting a tent – Stamford Tent should be your go-to. They have over 70 years of experience in outdoor events, and have built up a reputation for creating the dream wedding reception space – no matter the size. Be it an intimate garden celebration, a grand rooftop event or a huge country club reception. Stamford Tent can make it happen and put together something unforgettable for your big day. 



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