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How to Throw an Elevated, Eco-Friendly Wedding

Having hundreds of guests travel to your wedding by plane, train, and automobile does, of course, come with a sizeable environmental impact. While destination weddings have their draw, choosing a venue that’s local to the majority of your guests will help cut down on your carbon footprint. Even locations that are just a car ride away are way better for the environment than those that require boarding a flight.

Go Digital

Between save-the-dates, full suites with multiple inserts, and the fuel costs of shipping mail to hundreds of guests around the world, invitations can also increase your wedding’s carbon footprint. To lighten that impact, consider going digital. While e-vites may have felt less-than-elegant in the past, new options are not only elevated, but can help you with the wedding planning process. An industry go-to is Paperless Post, which offers an entire suite of wedding “paper goods” from wedding invitations to save the dates to shower invites to thank you notes with customizable options from designers like Monique Lhuillier and Oscar De La Renta. In addition to the sustainable design aspect, Paperless Post also offers premium event management features that can poll guests on dietary requirements or calculate attendance at every event. A favorite of planner Kelsey Connely of Downey Street Events is Bliss & Bone, which offers both invitations and wedding websites to inform guests of your event plans.

Rent Your Décor and Fashion

Purchasing new items—that likely will be thrown away in landfills—can be one of the biggest drivers of your wedding’s waste. Ward advises to “avoid any single-use items (i.e. paper cocktail napkins) and hire a waste management company (or working with a venue who partners with one) to help compost and recycle following the event.” Of course, you will need some linens and other pieces of furniture to create that reception space you’ve always dreamed of. That’s where rentals come in: Companies like BBJ La Tavola Linens and Bright Event Rentals offer items that fit your celebration’s style, then reuse them for other clients at a later date.

Your wedding wardrobe also doesn’t have to always have a place in your closet. Consider using high-end rental services like peer-to-peer platform By Rotation, subscription-based Rent the Runway, or high-end showroom Janet Mandell to find designer pieces for showers and wedding weekend events that cut back on both costs and environmental impact.

Embrace Vintage

Bride Tish Weinstock wore a vintage John Galliano dress for her Halloween nuptials in England.

Chris Lensz

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