Follow these 7 tips to have an eco-friendly & sustainable wedding on the Mornington Peninsula.
Weddings are often a time for opulence, indulgence and doing things exactly how you want to do them. In times like this, little thought is given to the environment, and attempting to have an eco-friendly & sustainable wedding on the Mornington Peninsula might be the last thing on your mind.
That said, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t have your very own dream wedding as well as be considerate toward the environment at the same time. Wondering how a wedding can have an impact on the environment and what you can do about it? Read on to find out exactly how to have a sustainable wedding!
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7 Things You Can Do To Have An Eco Wedding
I’ve put together a list of 7 things you can do to ensure your big day is both memorable and eco-friendly! This list isn’t exhaustive by any means, but it’s the perfect start and a great way to get the balance into your day.
There are quite a few ways that transport can affect the eco-friendliness of your wedding. Ask yourself, how far do the guests have to drive to get here? Can I offer transport, like a bus to collect everyone? How far do the vendors have to travel?
The main way you can plan to have this part of your wedding be eco is to hire locally. The less each business has to drive to get to you, the better. And consider hiring group transport if your guests are coming from a similar location. That will make your footprint far smaller for the day! If you’re looking for sustainable wedding vendors, make sure they’re a part of a green wedding directory.
2. Locally Sourced Food & Alcohol
Once again, the less amount of distance your food and alcohol have to travel before arriving at your table, the better. If you live on the Mornington Peninsula and search for ‘eco-friendly wedding venues near me’, you’ll find a lot of venues that have their own farms and only use the wine from their own vineyards. That’s the definition of locally sourced!
3. Local Flowers
Flowers are the finishing touches that can make all the difference to a wedding’s vibe and aesthetic. Make sure that you, or your florist, source flowers entirely from Australia. A huge amount of the floral varieties available are imported, so steer clear if you’re looking for ways to plan an eco-friendly wedding. Grabbing local varieties is a great way to have some eco-friendly wedding decor!
Here’s a quick cheat-sheet to our local favs! Read about our 10 Mornington Peninsula Wedding Florists and extend your support to our local vendors.
4. Biodegradable Confetti
If you’ve made the decision to use confetti, you must make sure it’s biodegradable. You’ll find lots of biodegradable confetti made of flower petals like delphiniums, wildflowers or rose petals. Not only is this a fantastic eco-friendly wedding idea, but it also fits very well with the fairytale wedding vibe! The Whole Bride has an online shop and sells it, so it’s worth checking out if you’re interested.
5. Eco-Friendly Wedding Dress
Though your dress is an extremely personal part of the wedding, grabbing a pre-loved one is a great way to not create any more unnecessary textile waste. Fewer carbon emissions, fewer resources used, less water and less energy. To top it all off, you’re preventing older clothing from going into landfill. Does it get better than that?! Check out Still White if you’re interested.
6. Recycled Invitations Or Digital Ones
The amount of paper used for wedding invitations can have a serious effect on your eco-friendly wedding. The more people invited, the more paper you’ll need, and the more paper you’ll need, the more waste there’s likely to be. As such, recycled invitations are a great way to reduce waste and stick to an eco-friendly plan. If your guest list is on the larger side, you could even choose to send out digital invitations, which would be the most sustainable option of all.
7. Cut-Out Balloons
Balloons are terrible for the environment, and no sustainable wedding could think about including them in the planning. An alternative could be to use paper cut-out balloons instead. Of course, using paper still technically creates waste, but this time it will be biodegradable. Balloons on the other hand will hang around for up to 6 years.
Wedding planning on the Mornington Peninsula should be exactly how you want it to be. You should be able to make any choice you want, and for that to be included in your day’s proceedings. If you’re choosing to take steps toward having a sustainable or eco-friendly wedding, follow a few of these tips and you’ll be on track to have a tiny carbon footprint, produce minimal waste, and set an example to anyone else considering an eco-friendly and sustainable wedding. Even something small like sustainable wedding favours will make your wedding day far more eco-friendly than it already was.
Get in touch now to start planning your dream day!