We teamed up with Your Morning on CTV to chat about 5 Tips On How To Have An Eco-Friendly Wedding.
PICK A VENUE THAT’S SUSTAINABLE
Find venues that are Bull Frog powered and LEED-certified. Pick one central location for all your guests to meet—this reduces additional travel. Arrange for a shuttle bus to reduce carbon emissions. When you find a venue, check to make sure they recycle and compost.
USE RECYCLED PAPER
If you’re sending paper invitations, make sure you’re using recycled paper, FSC certified paper or treeless paper-like bamboo or hemp. Think about using postcards so you don’t have to send an envelope or just send email invites or e-vites to cut down on paper altogether. If you really want to think out of the box, consider sending plantable invites.
CHOOSE ECO-FRIENDLY FLOWERS
Choose a florist that sells local, organic and seasonal flowers as flowers typically have a large eco-footprint. Once you’re done with them, donate them to a local hospital.
SAY “I DO” WITH LAB-CREATED DIAMONDS
Diamonds may be great to look at but they can have a detrimental effect on the environment and the people who work in the mines (think blood diamonds). Instead, it’s best to look for Canadian mined diamonds that are conflict-free or even better, look for lab-created diamonds.
RENT YOUR DRESS
Look for natural materials and vintage products and rent the tuxes/suits as a way to reduce and reuse. Consider buying a pre-owned dress and donating it to charity so they can sell it to raise funds. Also, rent your wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses.