As wedding photographers in the central Florida area we come along new trends all the time! The next new trend is… drumroll please… It’s time to plan the ultimate eco-friendly wedding! Whether you’re looking to go big and bring the party vibes or keep things subtle and elegant, there are plenty of options available to honor your commitment to protecting the environment while still giving your guests something they really love.
Think outside the traditional single-use plastic items like cups and straws. Opt for unbreakable or biodegradable materials like bamboo plates, paper bags, recycled glassware, or ceramic mugs. Think about even going to a second hand shop or a flea market to grab some, you’ll never go wrong. They might not match, but that’s ok – you can look for a certain color to bring it all together for a more unified look. Not only are these options more eco-friendly than plastic alternatives – but they also make great souvenirs your guests will take home after the big day!
When it comes to favors that your friends will actually remember fondly – why not offer potted plants? Plants not only look great in photos but serve as a lasting reminder of your special day every time they tend to them. Sweet treats made from natural ingredients such as honey or agave sugar are sure crowd pleasers too – plus, those who prefer something truly indulgent should opt for vegan chocolates created without animal products! We had one of our vegan focused brides contact a vegan friendly chocolate bar company, who was relatively new, and asked if they would donate all the chocolate bars for their wedding favors if they provided them with some wedding photos, we were happy to oblige and get them some great photos!
Beyond edible delights, consider giving out compostable seed paper cards that guests can plant in their garden after reading their kind words (or include instructions on how they can do so). Handmade jewelry pieces crafted from environmentally friendly materials such as wood or silver are also a great option; have an artisan design custom pieces for added personalization. Everyone loves handmade goodies – particularly when they come with heartfelt stories attached!
Don’t forget about eco-friendly packaging options when it comes time for wrapping up your wedding favors. Choose paper or fabric bags/boxes that can be reused many times over by your guests long after the wedding is over. This is good for both Mother Nature and cost reduction in the long run – score!
With so many creative ways you can add a touch of sustainability to your special day through favors, couples don’t have to worry about finding ones suitable for all tastes and budgets. Guests will thank you later – not just because these tokens serve as memorable reminders but also because their thoughtful gesture has helped contribute towards preserving our planet too!
Lindsay and John’s Wedding Video at Orlando Science Center