How to Have a “Green” Wedding

After you say “I Do” make eco-friendly decisions an integral part of your planning that support environmental sustainability, such as using recycled wedding or reception items to booking an eco-friendly venue.

WEDDING VENUE

Choosing the right wedding venue to celebrate with family and friends can be a big decision. One of the best ways to save on energy is to get married outside, where the sun provides the best natural lighting. The Old Mill Toronto features a beautiful picturesque Wedding Garden against a backdrop of lush tall trees.

If you prefer an indoor location there are ways to make it green. Hosting your ceremony & reception in the same place, will save time on planning and will result in spending less on gas and other transportation costs, which results in less fuel emissions.  Book a wedding venue with lots of windows and schedule an afternoon wedding, you can leave the lights off. You should also consider the venues recycle policies and energy consumption. 

DECOR & MATERIALS

Being green is really about reducing, reusing and recycling. Decorating with items you can re-use from the ceremony to the reception, will save money and waste less.  

Branches: Used in their natural form, branches make the perfect Ceremony or Reception table decor. Hanging colored ornaments from the branches is a elegant decor touch and your guests can take them home afterwards as keepsakes.  

Leaves, Rocks & Acorns:  Scatter them on the middle of your tables to add a splash of color and texture and save on overlays and runners and the soap and water that would go into washing them afterwards.

Candles: Soy and Beeswax are definitely the eco-friendly way to go. Avoid candles made with petroleum by-products along with lead based wicks. Candlelight isn’t only romantic, it’s energy efficient too.

Many of these ideas, can not only be found in your own backyard but they aid in preserving our earth, and save you money . If your looking for ideas and inspiration that will bring your eco-friendly wedding decor to life, check out the 105 best eco-friendly wedding images on Pinterest

STATIONARY

Use Plantable Paper Products from invitations to favour tags, this paper will add a rustic look to your special day and afterwards, this paper can be planted to eventually turn into compost. Paper can even be embedded with seeds, so the paper turns into flowers, plants or herbs when planted. Millions of trees are chopped down annually to make paper products, this process is polluting our environment. Emailing invitations and creating a web-site with your wedding details including the details of the venue will reduce your carbon footprint. You can also purchase recycled paper products and vegetable-based inks.  Or choose sustainable resources, like cotton and bamboo options.

FAVOURS

Instead of another decorative dust collector, opt to donate that money to charities that support the environment; greatergood.org, WWF and the David Suzuki organization are a good place to start. Create a decorative sign letting your guests know you’ve made a donation to a meaningful cause in lieu of favours. If you like the idea of giving your guests a gift, bamboo coasters and frames are a nice idea and gentle to the earth. Plantable favours like potted saplings, herbs or succulents are a great eco-friendly gift. Potted plants/flowers (annuals) make great centre-pieces and can later be planted in your guest’s gardens to enjoy year after year.

ATTIRE  

Consider sustainable fabrics like Hemp, Wool, Organic Cotton, Soy Silk and Bamboo all materials that can be used in your attire. Check out vintage clothing shops or consignment boutiques and re-use a wedding gown or rent brides maids dresses.

The Old Mill Toronto has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide ranging policies & practices. We participate with the Green Key Eco-Rating program which is a rating system designed to recognize hotels for improving their environmental performance.