My Sustainable Wedding: Planning Update!

J and I are about 8 months away from our wedding date and the sustainable wedding planning is really starting to come together! We’ve got our venue, DJ, photographer/videographer, florist, wedding dress, our engagement photos, and are just about ready to hit send on our (electronic) Save the Date’s. While there has already been a fair share of stress going around, now that most of the biggest chunks have been taken care of we are excited to dive into honeymoon planning. I will say that a comfortable stay at a tropical resort isn’t really our idea of an amazing honeymoon, but I will save the details of that for later 😉

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I’m not going to lie, the fact that we got our engagement photos back is one of the reason’s I’m writing this post. Enjoy them as they’re sprinkled in throughout this post. Our photographer, Nova Markina, did an amazing job and we are so incredibly happy with the photos! I am seriously so excited to see what the wedding photos will look like!

But the other reason I’m writing this is because I wanted to share some of the things I’m doing to make our wedding more sustainable. Weddings create an enormous amount of waste each year, from food waste to unnecessary plastic to the mere energy that it takes for a wedding to come together. Eloping might arguably be the most sustainable way to get married, but J and I wanted to include our close family and friends in the special event, and so we’re going about it in a different way. I’ll have more to share later on in the planning process, but so far, here are a few ways we’re planning our sustainable wedding:

Keeping It Small

Neither of us have particularly large families, and some of my family also lives overseas, so this wasn’t too difficult to implement. We’re inviting everyone we can’t image the big day without, and limiting the plus-ones to serious relationships only. We don’t have final numbers yet, but our estimate is that we’ll have somewhere between 55-75 guests.

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Minimize The Travel

Our families are separated by about an hour, and though we looked at venues in each of those cities, we settled on a venue about 1-2 hours away from everyone (many venues have guest count minimums that tend to be around 90-100, which would not work for us). Though guests will still need to do some driving to get there, and most will probably also stay the night nearby, we made sure to find a venue that could do both the ceremony and the reception. Not only does this save on fuel emissions, but also makes it much simpler for our guests.

Source It Locally

I guess ideally you might want to avoid flowers altogether, but I love flowers and I knew I wasn’t going to cut that out. Instead, I found a florist who sources the flowers and greenery as locally as possible, and because the wedding is at the start of September it shouldn’t be too difficult to do. I haven’t confirmed anything yet, but I’m also looking into ways I can repurpose the flowers by donating them afterwards.

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Mind The Dress

By that, I mean that there is more to the dress than just what designer or silhouette it is. Consider the details – where was it made, who made it, what were the working conditions, and what materials is it made of? I’m not saying this is going to be easy, but if there’s a will there’s a way. For those that have a strict budget, secondhand dresses are also a great way to make your wedding more sustainable.  Look into local bridal consignment stores (if you’re near Toronto, try The Bride’s Project), or use a website like Still White to find people selling their wedding dresses near you. My dress is from a local designer and will be made-to-order in Toronto, but the details of that will be a post-wedding blog post.

Re-Wear and Rent

This can apply to your wedding dress as well, but I’m referring mostly to all the other outfits you will undoubtably find yourself searching for throughout a traditional wedding planning process. Events like the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette, and engagement photos don’t have to call for new dresses or clothing. In fact, the dress I wore for our engagement photos is a bridesmaid dress from a wedding I was in last summer! I was quite happy about that, but if I didn’t already have it I would’ve rented a dress from somewhere like Boro or Rent Frock Repeat.

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That’s all for now! If you’re not already, you can follow along our sustainable wedding planning journey (and life!) on Instagram @thecuriousbutton. Talk soon!

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