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.
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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.