It is a dream of mine to create a sustainable wedding from beginning to end with our clients. If you have been around here long, you know that we are passionate about leaving the world a better place. In 2022, our goal is to continue to support non-profits like Vow for Girls and to amp up our support of sustainable weddings and eco-friendly advances as a wedding industry. My passion for this comes from spending so many years enjoying the beautiful trails and mountains in Colorado, and my passion for ensuring that all girls and women are given an equal opportunity to pursue education, marry whom they want, and decide their life’s course. If you are as passionate about sustainable weddings, supporting girl’s rights, and leaving the world a better place then you are in the right space.
Sustainability begins in the small ways we choose to consciously change our daily habits and endeavors. Your wedding can be a beautiful celebration with your family and friends while supporting your vision for a sustainable wedding. When we all choose to rather imperfectly find ways to leave the world, others, and the future a better place, we move the needle significantly. Your wedding will be just as gorgeous as you envisioned while supporting your passion for a greener world. What an incredible way to begin your life together with your partner!
I wanted to share my thoughts on creating a sustainable wedding, and I would love to encourage you to extend your eco-friendly endeavors into your honeymoon and beyond. You can also begin your first steps together as a married couple by giving back a portion of your registry and income to charities that support your passions projects. If you have other ideas on how to create a sustainable wedding, I would love to hear from you! I love sharing more on this topic, so make sure to check out this post on how to give back for your wedding day.
Creating a sustainable wedding can go beyond the day of and into your proposal, engagement session, honeymoon, and each moment together after.
For Your Wedding Day, I have 7 ideas to create a sustainable wedding. Stay tuned for other ways to create sustainability throughout your love story and life together.
- Seek Venues that Are Eco-Friendly
If you are getting married in Colorado, your options for finding a sustainable venue are vast. One of the best options is to book your wedding with a local working farm, ranch, or botanic garden to support the local economy and to enjoy the stunning scenery as a part of your design element. Venues such as Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Piney River Ranch, T Lazy 7, and Denver Botanic Gardens are gorgeous for a sustainable wedding venue.
- Donate Your Florals and Food
What could be a more wonderful way to create a sustainable wedding and give back than to donate your florals and left over foods locally? I would recommend working with your wedding planner, caterer, and florists to ensure that the remaining details of your wedding can be donated to a local nursing home, hospital, or homeless shelter. The ways to donate your remaining design elements are endless, so with careful planning this part of a sustainable wedding should be a breeze and a joy.
- Hire a Shuttle Service for Guests
Creating a sustainable wedding can be as simple as ensuring your guests arrive on time and comfortably by renting a shuttle service to transport them between their accommodations and your venue. I highly recommend hiring a shuttle service in general to make sure your guests arrive at your venue without any issues. Some of our Colorado wedding venues are fairly remote, so this ensures you support your vision of sustainability and allow your guests the ease of arriving comfortably.
- Source Local
This ties closely with working with your planner to ensure that your design elements and food items are donated appropriately while supporting the local economy. A perfect way to create a sustainable wedding and give back is to source your florals, beverages, menu, and other elements locally. You can also utilize Etsy to create unique eco-friendly, recyclable elements to your day that will support the local market and vision for a sustainable wedding. Your wedding planner can help you locate vendors who source locally from flower farms and local growers.
- Create a Limited Guest List
I know this may be quite hard for some of our clients, yet I truly believe sustainability begins with how we intentionally interact with those around us. What a wonderful gift it is to yourself and your guests to have the time and energy to truly connect with each person at your wedding. Limiting your guest count creates a sustainable wedding by lowering the risk of waste and enhances your beautiful memories by ensuring you have time to connect deeply with others.
- Source Sustainable Diamonds
One of the greatest treasures of your love story is the gorgeous ring your wear on your hand as both a symbol of your love and your legacy. Finding your ring can be quite a task, but choosing a jeweler who can trace the origin of your diamond is important for creating a sustainable wedding and legacy. I highly recommend working with boutique jewelers or even using family heirlooms for your ring set. I cannot think of a more wonderful reminder of your commitment to sustainability than the ring on your hand.
- Rent Linens, Dishes, and Furnishings
A great start to a sustainable wedding is using pieces that are rentable and sourced from a boutique rental company like Eclectic Hive or Enjoué Studio. They both have a vast array of rentals and design elements to fit every aesthetic. Often the rentals are heirloom items, antiques, and tableware pieces from generations past. Hiring a creative design team and renting your pieces is a beautiful way to celebrate with a gorgeous design and tablescape with your intentionally selected guest.
Final thought: I love seeing our couples choose to donate part of their registry to charities like Vow for Girls who ensure that a portion of your gifts is donated. I also love the idea of spending a few days during your honeymoon serving the people whose country you are visiting. Consider joining a non-profit for a few extra days on your honeymoon to serve the local community around you.