10 Eco-Friendly Wedding Planning Ideas + Tips

10 Eco-Friendly Wedding Planning Ideas + Tips | Always Creating Studio Weddings & Events
Waste reduction was at the forefront for me while working with Emily and Chris as we looked for ways to cut back, reuse/re-purpose, and most importantly, source out vendors who also believed in their sustainable wedding vision.

Going semi-paperless. With so many trees being cut down every year to put up skyscrapers and more luxury condos than we need, it was hugely important to Chris and Emily that the less paper waste we can achieve, the better. They are both fans of national parks (they got engaged at one!), so their programs were made from recycled paper, signage was minimal to reduce unnecessary waste.

Ways we created an Eco-friendly wedding

  1. The couple selected a sustainable venue. Rust Manor House is a set amid 68-acres of woods and meadows on the western edge of Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia.(more about Rust Manor House below)

  2. No plastic straws, bottles, or cups; there were also no printed menu cards

  3. We used natural items such as pumpkins for decor, including potted plants

  4. We opted for no wedding arbor or arch at the altar, instead the beautiful tall matured evergreens at the venue pulled triple duty–as backdrop/arch/decor

  5. Our couple choose mini photo frames as favors

  6. Our couple selected an all vegetarian menu; leftovers were taken to the post-wedding brunch at a local winery

  7. The bouquets were repurposed as centerpieces

  8. We used vintage decor items. We used vintage suitcases for cards and gifts, guests signed vintage globe to be used as decorations and keepsake in their home

  9. Guests could take home the mini flowers arrangement as favors

  10. The couple opted for small, local, women / minority-owned businesses as well as LGBTQIA vendors

What else would you add to this list? Comment below or on Instagram.

10 Eco-Friendly Wedding Planning Ideas + Tips | Always Creating Studio Weddings & Events

Venue: Rust Manor House

Planning/Designer/Coordination: Wildflower Hill Co.

Florist: Bee’s Wing Farm

Glory Barbaris, Founder + Creative Director


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