Botanical gardens, parks, museums and even historical buildings provide a beautiful backdrop and decorations without any additional work or materials from you. Finding a place that doesn’t need much more added to it will not only save you money but also minimize your environmental footprint.
Coastal cleanups have found up to 40 pieces of balloon per beach mile.
Why not rent your decorations or buy them used? This cuts down on costs and packaging from new items.
The average wedding results in 400 pounds of garbage, much of which is decorations.
Find ways to have your decorations do double duty for you: Make place cards that function as favors, use glasses guests can reuse throughout the evening and then take home, or stick to décor you’ll use in your home after your wedding is over.
“We chose a beautiful tree to have the ceremony underneath and made that the focus of the decorations. The only other decorations that we used were made from materials we or friends and family already had, including mason jars, rebar and twine. We purchased and organized the flowers ourselves and then reused the same bouquets from the ceremony for the dinner table at the reception.”
“I'm very conscious of my landfill contribution, and seeing how many other brides are selling their decorations afterward makes the idea of buying anything new (with more packaging) feel so excessive. If we do have to buy anything new, we are investing in pieces we can use after the wedding.”
“All of my decor was borrowed, thrifted, salvaged or from antique shops. Signage was made from old fence boards. I think it’s really easy to minimize the impact by being thrifty and looking for things you already have or can borrow instead of buying tons of mass produced decor.”
"We got a lot of our decorations, including vases and lace tablecloths, from secondhand and vintage stores. When the celebrations were over, we donated items we decided not to keep."
“My father-in-law built the corn hole game for our reception from spare wood he had in his shed. He even sewed the beanbags full of dried corn himself. We still have it, six years later, and bring it out all the time.”
“We saved empty glass jars for months, and put tea lights inside them. [They] looked great, and the only new resources used were a bag of 100 tea lights. The jars were recycled afterwards.”