Planning an Eco-Friendly Wedding

October 22, 2019

Eco Friendly Wedding

Did you know that the average American wedding of 150 guests produces approximately 500 pounds of waste? At Amethyst Event Productions, we have a passion for incorporating sustainability into weddings by minimizing waste and using sustainable products for a truly eco-friendly wedding.

Because sustainability is important to us, we have a package option that works with our clients to create a wedding that is eco-friendly and vegan without compromising the overall design. The package provides a curated preferred partner list, like vendors who specialize in zero waste, to create a truly mindful event. We even provide a dedicated sustainability meeting to work through the different options you have to incorporate eco-friendly options into your design. Here are a few common steps you can take to show some love to our planet while incorporating sustainability into your wedding day!

1. Wedding Invitations
Consider printing your wedding suite on recycled paper if you’d like to go the more traditional route of physical invitations. An even more sustainable option would be to use a website like Paperless Post to send beautiful invitations and keep track of your RSVP’s digitally.

Wedding Invitation Suite
Photo by: Lace and Lapel

2. Biodegradable Confetti
Often, we’re asked to incorporate confetti into our weddings in a post-ceremony celebration or in the bride and groom’s send-off. Biodegradable confetti is a cute and fun way to add an eco-friendly flair to your wedding day. You can place these on your dining tables, on your ceremony chairs, or give them to your guests to use in your end-of-the-night send off.

Biodegradable Confetti

3. Floral Design and Flower Donations
Flowers are usually one of the biggest ways to incorporate sustainability into your wedding. We always recommend speaking to your florist about ways to keep your wedding sustainable. Your florist can work with local flower farms and produce arrangements without foam. Flowers are also one of the biggest expenses for a wedding day. Although you typically enjoy their beauty for one night, donating your centerpieces can be a wonderful eco-friendly way of recycling your flowers. Many florists work with nursing homes or children’s hospitals to donate the flowers and make someone’s day a little brighter. Be sure to ask your florist if they partner with any organizations for floral donation.

Floral Centerpieces - Los Angeles Wedding Planner

4. Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors
Who doesn’t love wedding favors that you can use over and over again? Reusable bamboo straws are a great alternative to single-use plastic straws. They are eco-friendly, affordable, stylish, and a perfect addition to your wedding drinks and decor. Bamboo straws are 100% natural, can be reused hundreds of times, and composted at the end of their lifespan. They can even be custom engraved with your initials or unique wedding hashtag. A little something your guests and Mother Earth are bound to appreciate. 

The Other Straw

5. Share Your Values
We firmly believe that your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple. If you’ve made an effort to incorporate your sustainable values into your wedding, we suggest creating signage that you can place on your welcome table or at the bar. This will let you closest friends and family know how important these values are to you and may event cause them to make small changes in their lives as well. Check out more photos from one of our favorite sustainable weddings here.

Photo By: Ashley Strong Photography

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