Our friends had a beautiful wedding and beautiful not only in a certain way, but it was planned carefully and sustainably, and turned out to be very cozy! We want to share with you how to make your big celebration earth-friendly and greener.
We arrived at their house early in the morning. Because the main celebration was planned at their house garden except the ceremony which took place in a small nearest town church
We knew planning a wedding involves a high level of stress, but our friends Vytas and Gabija looked super chilled at their wedding morning. The reason was that they decided to make their wedding as eco-friendly as possible and that eased the way they planned it.
The invitation we received was a tiny envelope with clover seeds inside of it. I thought it’s the cutest and greenest idea I have ever seen! I know that ordinary invitations don’t get a lot of excitement when you get them. My friends had an intention that guests will plant clovers and this way will plant happiness for themselves and them. So imagine anyone receives flower seeds they can plant in their backyards instead of regular poster with few sentences which would end up in a landfill. It’s a huge difference, right?
Celebration and stationary venue
Choosing a venue is very important and is usually your first major decision. One of the biggest ways to cut down on energy is to get married outdoors. As I already mentioned above our friends ceremony took place in a small church and the main celebration was organised at their own backyard. Thus they hanged hammocks and built few tents to make the guest feels cozy and relaxed.
There are tons of beautiful botanical gardens, hilltops and refurbished barns that are modern and innovative to celebrate your wedding too!
When choosing your wedding food the greenest options are to go with local and seasonal produce. It’s not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also supports the local farmers.
Our friends prepared a big variety of seasonal vegetables and they asked friends to help prepare snacks like hummus and salads so they didn’t need to buy packaged prepared food.
Tables were full with fresh snacks and they also had two friends who spend almost the rest of the evening roasting delicious meals on the grill! You’ll be surprised to find that some of the tastiest items are those that don’t really travel far, but are freshly picked and minimally prepared.
Also, don’t forget to think about those extra plates for the cake. It’s unusual to have 100 plates at home, so choose wisely and get those biodegradable tableware instead of plastic.
Did you know that flowers aren’t grown organically and companies use chemicals to keep insects away, which can end up affecting organic matter in soil or in sometimes, causing illness in the workers who handle them.
So the best decision is to go for locally grown flowers or even fruits and vegetables (yes, that’s possible) for your wedding flowers.
I was shocked to know that most brides spend about $1000 on their wedding dress? There are much cheaper and more sustainable ways to find a wedding dress than buying new one.
Upcycling a gown used by a someone in your family is a unique and special experience. You can also find amazing vintage dresses at thrift stores, if you look carefully. By upcycling, you will be lowering your environmental footprint, saving money and wearing something that carries a meaning.
My dear friend Gabija had chosen wisely and did exactly what I wrote above. She found her dress in a second hand shop, used the flowers wreath her mother worn on her wedding and her veil was passed to her form her grand mother. Gabija looked perfectly beautiful at her wedding day and all of her attributes had a special meaning.
Our friends made a very simple, but memorable favors. They went to the fields and collected wild flowers to make small bouquets. The intentions of it was that no one would leave without bouquet (when ladies try to catch the bride’s bouquet) and get married soon. Also bouquets were made from wild herb, so people could use it as a tea.
Each of us also had a small cupcake wich maybe was a guest favor too. But I’m not hundred procents sure about that. Their wedding celebration was so chilled and relaxed that they didn’t have time to explain every detail in it. I surely think that was the most perfect wedding and the first I have ever been to.
All words by Eisve Treciakauskaite and all images by Justinas Lekavicius, unless otherwise noted.