Decorating your ceremony can prove costly: both to you and the environment. Opting for non-floral decor—especially items that can be reused—will help both problems. Check a few of our favorite non-floral wedding ceremony decor ideas.
The quintessential wedding image: the newly-married couple leaving their ceremony, being pelted with rice.
Why the heck do we do this, anyway? Throwing things at a newly married couple is a very old tradition, and is intended to give newlyweds good luck. Most of the items thrown at the couple represent fertility and abundance.
Although the rumor that rice kills birds is widespread, it’s actually an urban myth. If you’d like to have it thrown at you (and your venue allows), feel free. Looking for a more eco-friendly wedding rice alternative? Check these out:
Flowers are the go-to decoration for weddings, and for good reason: they’re gorgeous! But wedding flowers can leave a big environmental footprint—countless cut flowers are imported from developing countries with poor environmental and labor regulations. Choosing local—and hopefully organic—flowers helps lower emissions and avoids unwanted pesticide use, while growing your local economy.
We have compiled a collection of beautiful, in-season flowers for each season on Pinterest. Please click below to visit each board.
Green your Footprint – Use one of many easy-to-use online tools to calculate your wedding’s carbon footprint, and then offset your emissions.
Eco-Invite – Create your own Wedding Page.Save on printing costs by putting your save the date and RSVPs online, and include maps, lodging suggestions, and even your proposal story! If you do send invites, choose recycled or tree-free paper.
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse – If it can’t be recycled, reduced, or reused . . . Rent! Ask if your vendors have a recycling policy. Plan ahead and find a shelter or retirement home for leftover food or flowers. Creatively use recycled materials throughout your ceremony and reception.