Distinctively Southern Wedding Winter 2020 Issue

issue four / winter 2020 DISTINCTIVELY SOUTHERN WEDDING Middle Tennessee's community magazine bringing you the latest trends, fashion and ideas for your big day!

18 Ways to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Feb 18, 2020 at 11:25 am by adminjen

Courtesy of marthastewartweddings.com

Even small details can make a big impact on your big day. Protecting the environment is increasingly important, but luckily, it's also increasingly easy. If you and your soon-to-be-spouse plan to host an earth-loving celebration, you'll be pleased to know that there are plenty of ways to do so. Here are just a few favorite ideas for executing an environmentally-and socially-conscious event.

Keep Things Biodegradable
Disposable and biodegradable serveware, vessels, and utensils can be a great way to stay organic.

Use Recycled Paper
Save-the-dates, invitations, programs, menus, and thank-you cards can quickly add up to a whole lot of paper. Look for recycled options.

Veer Toward Vintage
Besides lending style and sentimentality to your big day, incorporating family heirlooms or special items already in your possession cuts down on consumption.

Glow with Candlelight
Set the mood for a romantic evening and cut down on electricity by lighting your reception tables with candles.

Toss It Wisely
Have a disposal system that includes recycle containers for cans and bottles.

Recycle Your Wedding Flowers
Let your arrangements live beyond the wedding day by donating them to a nursing home, hospital, or shelter.

Donate Leftovers
Many food banks across the country will pick up chilled leftovers of unserved food from your rehearsal dinner or reception.

Get Charitable
Purchase products from organizations that give back, such as vino from ONEHOPE Wine or tree sapling favors from the Arbor Day Foundation.