Planning an Environmentally Friendly Wedding

Trends are constantly changing but one thing that continues to be on the forefront of most peoples’ minds, especially in recent years, is our impact on the environment. In our day-to-day lives we can participate in helping the environment by recycling, carpooling and reducing usage of electricity. For those of you concerned with the way your life affects the world we all live in, know that you can do more than what you’re already doing and integrate your efforts into special events, such as your wedding day.

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Photo by Torrico Photography; Arrangement by Wholesale Flowers

Whatever part of the world your dream wedding will take place in, keep an eye out for vendors that focus on sustainability. This means that they utilize local resources in an effort to reduce their impact on the environment. In San Diego, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a wedding location that has an extensively “green” vocabulary. Words like composting, energy control, and reclaimed water are not uncommonly heard here! We know first-hand from working with Omni La Costa that because of their dedication to local farmers and businesses, their catering menu has a distinctively fresh flavor. 

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Photos by True Photography

With so many paper products going into the planning of a wedding (i.e. save the date cards, invitations, programs, menus, place cards, etc.) the use of recycled paper products would be a great way to help the environment. Harken Press is a paper goods company in San Diego that we have had the pleasure of working with previously. Harken Press specializes in wedding stationery and does a fantastic job of bringing any whimsical vision to life. The vineyard-inspired save the date card featured below is digitally printed on recycled kraft paper. The postcard style card also helps to save paper because no envelope is used for shipping. Also featured below is an elegant cottage botanical-inspired design. The letterpress is printed on cotton paper, meaning no trees were used to make it. 30% of the envelope material is post consumer waste. Proof that even previously used materials can be recreated into beautiful artwork.

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Photos courtesy of Harken Press

Flowers are another aspect to think about when trying to plan an environmentally friendly wedding. One simple way to make decorative floral use easier on the environment and water usage is to purchase flowers based on season. For example, Dahlias are Fall flowers, so utilizing them in a Fall wedding would not only be a sustainable effort, but a money-saving one as well! Flowers bought on off-season will always be more pricey than flowers in-season.

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Photo by Hugo Benson Photography; Arrangement by Whimsey Florals

Another creative way of decorating is with paper flowers. Recycled paper can be used to create flowers that won’t die and can be recycled again later. This is a great project for a crafty bride looking for a fun DIY project.

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Photo by A+S Photography

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Photo by Ken Ellefsen Photography

To any couple looking to reduce their impact on the environment, we hope some of these tips helped to inspire the planning of your wedding day!

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