Ways To Make Your Wedding More Sustainable

Your wedding is a celebration of the bright future awaiting you and your soon-to-be spouse. As you plan for that magical and exciting day. However, it’s also time to give some thought to how your ceremony will leave it mark on the future of the planet. It’s estimated that weddings generate more than 1 billion pounds of trash. And contribute about 157 million tons of CO2 to the atmosphere every year. You may want your special day to be everything you ever dreamed it would be. But there are many elements of the modern wedding that can be made to be more sustainable and less wasteful. 

For example, floral arrangements made with cut flowers look beautiful, but they won’t last nearly as long as potted plants such as orchids or spray roses. Decorating with these brings just as much beauty to your venue without the waste. When choosing the space for your ceremony and/or reception, look for venues that hold LEED certification to help reduce your carbon footprint.

Good planning requires good sources

As you plan your reception, it’s a good idea to hire caterers who specialize in using locally sourced food. Because it cuts down on emissions from shipping ingredients over long distances. Rather than choosing the convenience of disposable plates, glasses, and utensils, look into renting reusable options. If you choose to provide a shuttle service between the ceremony and the reception, you’ll also prevent additional pollution created by everyone driving their own vehicles. 

Beyond the day, choosing lab grown diamonds for your rings is a more ethical alternative to those sourced from mines. As you and your fiancé prepare to start your brilliant future together. There are a lot of ideas you can use to help ensure your wedding doesn’t have a negative impact on the environment. For more sustainable ideas, please see the accompanying resource. 

Infographic created by Grown Brilliance, a lab diamond engagement rings provider

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