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12 Ways to Have a Green Wedding

by Aubrey Bach
Bride and groom under trees

You want your wedding to have a big impact, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to be wasteful. Planning a green wedding isn’t hard either. With a few careful choices, you can dramatically reduce the impact your wedding will have on your bank account and the environment. These 12 tips for creating a green wedding will help you plan a wedding that is both stunning and eco-friendly.


Eco friendly wedding rings for Green Weddings

Photo credit: Uncommon Engagement

Antique Rings

A ring that has character and a story behind it is the best type of wedding rings a bride could ask for, really. Inquire with family to see if there’s a wedding ring that is to be passed down to a deserving bride, like yourself. We’ll bet that your antique ring will have your friends and family green with envy when you explain the history behind your gorgeous family heirloom.

Recycled Rings

According to environmentally-responsible jewelry manufacturer, Brilliant Earth, “Metal mining – gold mining in particular – is one of the most environmentally destructive types of mining, with 20 tons of ore required to produce enough gold for a single ring.” Therefore, consider looking into wedding rings that are made of recycled materials that are less harmful to the Earth but just as beautiful.

Tattoo Rings

If you want to be super eco-friendly, then consider calling it a day with some tattoo rings. Not only will you be eliminating any chance of your rings being unethically sourced, it’ll cost a whole heck of a lot less than what you would have paid for an actual wedding ring. However, be sure you’re in it for the long haul (i.e. forever) because tattoos are painfully hard to undo.


Recycled paper wedding invitations for Green Weddings

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Recycled paper

Using recycled paper for your wedding invitations is beneficial for the environment and for your wedding budget. Instead of sending out RSVP cards along with your wedding invitations, include your email address or wedding website that guests can send their responses online. In doing so, you will not only be saving a tree or two, but you will also be able to better manage your RSVPs because they will be digital, rather than dozens of paper responses. Hooray for technology.


Thanks to the wonderful advancements of technology and the need to “go green,” paperless invitations for all occasions are becoming increasingly more popular amongst younger generations. Save yourself some time, money, energy, and sanity by sending e-invitations. Be sure to check out our Invitation E-cards, that perfectly match your wedding website theme, rather than traditional paper invites that can and will cost you an arm and a leg.

There’s an app for that

If you’re looking for creative and very eco-friendly wedding invitations, then you’ll definitely want to check out apps like Smilebox that allow couples to customize video messages and invites that can be sent via email and Facebook, or, if someone absolutely insists on a paper invite, they can be printed and distributed (not the most “green” option, however).


Succulents as alternatives to flower decor

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Opt for a minimalistic look for your décor to cut down on the amount of resources and materials used at your wedding, especially when it comes to the flowers. Succulents and other hearty plants make for great alternatives to traditional floral centerpieces, table numbers, and escort cards — not to mention they’re super trendy right now.  If succulents aren’t your thing, then consider wild or dried flowers that make for an excellent rustic, boho-chic wedding look.

Paper and plastic goods

Wherever you can cut back on paper and plastic use at your wedding, do so. Use real glassware, non-plastic utensils/silverware, cloth napkins, and actual china plates. Of course the cocktail hour will require cocktail napkins, but you place a small sign by the napkins requesting that guests only take one. If you’re worried about appearing cheap, then simply add a line about how Mother Nature thanks them for being green.

DIY Everything

Save money by DIY’ing some or all of your wedding decorations. You might want to consider using your ceremony decorations for the reception to cut down on the amount of materials used at your wedding… because, y’know, recycle, reduce, reuse. DIY your heart out!


birdseed wedding favors for green weddings

Photo credit: Intimate Weddings

Seed bombs/packets

Give your guests the gift of life with seed packets or seed bombs that are customized for your wedding theme and that can be planted after the wedding. The greatest part about these simple DIY goodies, besides being very affordable, is that your guests will have a piece of your wedding memories sprouting into beautiful flowers right in their very own gardens at home. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, really. 

Potted Plants/Herbs

Guests love wedding favors that are unique, long lasting, and functional, which is why potted plants or herbs make for the perfect wedding favor. Like the seed packet wedding favors, potted plants offer your wedding guests a living, useful gift that they can enjoy well after the wedding. So, get a few of your nearest and dearest together for a day of DIY plant/herb potting and get your hands a bit dirty.

Birdseed Feeders

If seeds and plants aren’t your thing, consider DIY’ing some simple birdseed feeders that can be shaped into hearts, letters, birds, or whatever your little heart desires. Guests will love the adorable birdseed wedding favors that will remind them of you two: the love birds.

If you’re looking for more creative DIY wedding favors that your guests will absolutely swoon over, check out this post for  more inspiration. 

Going green on your wedding day can be très chic, and we hope these tips and tricks will help you create the low-impact wedding of your dreams. Mother Nature thanks you greatly.


What other creative eco-friendly wedding ideas have you come across? Tell us in the comments below, or join in on the conversation happening on Twitter or Facebook!

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