How to Have a Sustainable Wedding: 3 Top Considerations

The number one trend in weddings for 2020 is likely to be an emphasis on sustainability, according to some leading experts. If you are getting married in the next year and would like your festivities to show you care about the planet, here are some things you can do.


Diamonds have been the traditional stone of engagement rings in America since the 1940s, but they are falling out of favor. Ruthless mining practices sometimes involve child or slave labor, and there is a possibility of buying conflict diamonds, inadvertently contributing to corruption and war in poverty-stricken regions of the world. Avoid the issues by choosing moissanites from The brilliant stones are eco-friendly, bright as diamonds, and totally sustainable. Unlike other diamond substitutes, they are guaranteed to never cloud or lose their sparkle. They are the second hardest stone used in jewelry, so you won’t ever have to worry about scratching them; they will gleam forever.


There are several ways you can make your bouquets and centerpieces more eco-friendly. First, let your florist know you want no floral foam used in any arrangements. The foam is often constructed with hazardous materials like formaldehyde; insist that your florist opt for more biodegradable stabilizers such as sand, marbles or wire bases. See if your designer can recommend seasonal flowers supplied by local growers or coordinate clients’ decorations to recycle flowers if possible. To further reduce your celebration’s carbon footprint, emphasize greenery over blooms, or incorporate dried flowers in some arrangements.


Let all vendors know you are aiming for zero waste. Have your caterer design the menu with sustainability in mind and buy fresh produce from local farmers. Favor vegetarian offerings and locally sourced protein options. Dinner ware should be free of plastic, and if paper items are used they should be recycled products. Be sure the bar is not stocked with plastic straws or garnishes; to reduce your carbon footprint, be sure it is stocked with locally sourced drinks. Every state and most regions have local wineries, breweries or distilleries, which means your reception can be earth-friendly and fun.

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