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.
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)
No plastic straws, bottles, or cups; there were also no printed menu cards
We used natural items such as pumpkins for decor, including potted plants
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
Our couple choose mini photo frames as favors
Our couple selected an all vegetarian menu; leftovers were taken to the post-wedding brunch at a local winery
The bouquets were repurposed as centerpieces
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
Guests could take home the mini flowers arrangement as favors
The couple opted for small, local, women / minority-owned businesses as well as LGBTQIA vendors