Today we styled an event for a local chain of organic & ethic grocery stores and all event styling also had to follow the client company's values. In general we practice a lot of re-purposing and try not to be wasteful with resources, but let's face it: floral arrangements from freshly cut flowers, paper goods, balloons, etc - they all are one-time-use stuff, and yes, it does feel really bad to be throwing things away after using them only once and for a very short time. Today all items we used were either rented, repurposed or bought from charity shops. And that's where the majority of things will go back to after the event. Feels kind of nice.
So, when it comes to weddings & parties: what do you do and can you do to make the event even a bit more eco-friendly? Use personal items in your styling; we love the unique touch that they bring to the look and you'll take them back home where they belong afterwards. Go for cloth napkins instead of paper ones, real cutlery instead of plastic, wood or paper. Check out your local selection of party rentals - you may not have to buy everything, renting is almost always more sustainable. Use jars, cans and other recycled vessels as vases for your flowers. You could even go so far as to invite your guests only by email and set up a kicking wedding website where guests can get all the information. The list of things you can do is almost endless.
We found this eco-friendly wedding inspiration shoot styled by Bow tie + Bustle on Style Me Pretty and love the idea of using only potted plants and wild flowers as centerpieces. After your big day, you can give them to friends and family. Or have them take them home already when they leave from the
All photos by Jasmine Star
Here are some more resources on planning eco-friendly weddings:
Eco Wedding - Planning Guide
Eco Beautiful Weddings
Green Bride Guide