Did you know that the average wedding produces 400 pounds of garbage? For a day that’s supposed to be all about the love, that’s a whole lotta’ trash. Whether you’re on your way to zero waste, or just want to make this special day sustainable, we’ve got what you need for a waste-free wedding with all the bells and whistles!
Eat, Drink & Be Merry
Whether you’re catering a wedding, or throwing your own, one of the biggest producers of waste at these kind of events comes from the food packaging and single-use cups, utensils, and napkins. While some wedding planners are ready-to-go with 200 sets of stainless steel utensils, simply choosing compostable disposables is an easy way to reduce your impact, while not dealing with the hassle of cleaning all your guests’ dishes. These unique plates, sporks, forks, and knives are made from biodegradable and sustainably harvested bamboo, without pesticides, bleaches, or dyes. So serve up a feast, then forget the cleanup–just throw them in your commercial compost bin!
We love buffets for a zero waste way to feed hundreds of people. What we don’t love? The single-use serving utensils that often get tossed in the mix. Make the sustainable switch with molded bamboo, upcycled cedar, and natural bamboo reusable servers! Not only are they a great way to present and serve snacks, but they’ll be a great addition in the home of the bride and groom after all is said and done. Make large, shareable plates of food in reusable trays, then serve to your guests on some compostable or reusable plates.
There’s no doubt that champagne or sparkling juice flutes will be at any wedding celebration–but what about good ole’ fashioned water? Pick a large, reusable jug that can easily be filled with water, then leave out stainless steel or glass cups for your guests to fill at their leisure. Pro tip: leave an empty table, bin, or bucket clearly labeled for dirty dishes (with a trash can, compost, and recycling next to it!) This lets your guests minimize their waste, and makes cleaning up a breeze.
Looking to have a classic wedding? Or do you want to make it modern? Maybe glitter is your thing. Or maybe your “flower girl” is actually your dog. Whatever way you make your wedding truly yours, you’re going to need some beautiful eco-friendly decor to tie everything together. Candles are amazing mood setters–turning any dining table or outdoor decor into a woodsy work of art. Go classic with thin, tapered candles, or spice it up with amber tinted glass soy candles! Love is (literally) in the air.
Unless you’re having a backyard wedding, chances are, you’ll need to bring some things from home. And what better way to do that than with serving trays that also add a touch of natural beauty to the table? This cedar wood server is toxin-free, long-lasting, and naturally resistant to stains and bugs (just like a healthy marriage!) Plus, each tray is totally unique–with different grains, lines, and knots that feel rustic, yet refined. Whatever your style, there’s a serving tray to spice up any table.
Making your wedding look like a million bucks doesn’t have to cost, well, a million bucks. Get crafty with it! Go scouting at your local park or riverbed for rocks that could work as napkin weights, use broken branches as centerpieces, or sea glass as table “glitter”. Upcycling is always a great way to make imaginative decor, and be gentle to the planet at the same time. The internet is always a great resource for inspiration, or just ask your friends at EarthHero!
Crank up the post-ceremony party tunes with a recycled content speaker from House of Marley! After the vows have been said, and first kisses had, it’s time to bust out the dance moves. From the bride and groom’s first dance, to everyone’s last dance, this speaker has 8 hours of playtime to last you all night long. Plus, it’s waterproof, just in case things get a little messy (that’s life!)
It’s summertime, and outdoor weddings are becoming the go-to for couples everywhere. Set them up for a day of friendship, fun, and festivities with some outdoor yard games like frisbee! Opt for a plastic-free one like this one made from 80% recycled fishing nets that can be sent back to it’s maker, Bureo, to be made into something entirely new if it falls apart, or a natural hemp version! Plan ahead: will kids be there? If so, set them up with some recycled plastic or biobased toys so they can stay entertained during the wedding reception.
The Finishing Kiss
We love love. Aaaand we love the planet. And there’s nothing that combines those two loves like a zero waste wedding. Whether you’re planning and throwing a 200+ person gala, or just having 20 of your closest friends and family over, designing a wedding around your sustainability values can be super simple. From the gifts on your reception, to the decor on the table, your zero waste wedding can have a meaningful impact on your friends, without a long-term impact on our planet!