The World Needs Our Help

   
    

Here are ten ways you can use your wedding to make a difference!

  • Use recycled papers for invites and save the dates. Recycled paper is also a great way to add a unique touch of style, and set the tone for your ecofriendly wedding. If you want to go the extra (green) mile, ‘plantable’ invites are a thing too. The paper is embedded with native flower seeds, and can literally be thrown in the garden, where they will sprout gorgeous blossoms. And if you want to skip paper invites all together, design a wedding website where you can communicate all the information with your guests online.

 

  • Instead of cutting flowers and putting them in vases on the tables as centrepieces, or scattered down the side of the aisle, replace them with planted blooms that will live long past your special day. You could even encourage guests to take them home at the end of the wedding and plant them in their gardens.

 

  • Work with your venue to set up a dustbin system that includes recycling bins for cans and bottles and a compost bin for biodegradable matter, like fruits, vegetables, and plants.

 

  • Choose ethical wedding rings. Make sure the rings you are choosing to symbolise your love and commitment are made of sustainable metals and that the diamonds and jewels are safely and ethically obtained.

 

  • Reusing or re-purposing a used wedding dress is a great way to save not only money but also cuts a chunk of your consumption down. Use a family members old dress and have it altered to fit your style. Sure, that’s not, and you may have your heart set on a specific dress you saw - if that’s the case, do your research and choose a sustainable designer.
  • Biodegradable confetti is a wonderful way to replace the flower petal toss or simply even the ordinary confetti toss!

 

  • Ask your guests to donate money to a good cause or plant a tree instead of spending hundreds of rands on a wedding gift for you. Perhaps, use the prewedding events as a chance to volunteer at shelters or to do a beach or street clean up with your guests.

 

  • The farm-to-table movement is big at the moment, meaning it's more accessible than ever to get healthy, earth-friendly food. Again, this method minimises your consumption footprint, as well as the use of unnecessary plastics and other packaging materials. Support local! After all, it is lekker.

 

  • Discuss with your caterer beforehand if they are willing to donate any leftover food from the wedding to shelters or soup kitchens instead of just scraping it off into a bin.

 

  • When getting ready with your bridesmaids for your special day, try and make sure that you use organic and animal-cruelty free make up. You can look beautiful while making a difference! Have the day of your dreams, while helping out the world around you!

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