Wedding planning can be both a highly stressful and excitingly fun process. There are so many details to consider and decisions to make, including the right venue and the menu selection, that it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activities.
What is often overlooked, however, is how much money you can potentially save while also being environmentally conscious during your planning process. Windows on the Water can help with any part of the planning process and can answer any questions you may have if you want to make your wedding more environmentally friendly.
Tips to Save Money and the Environment During Wedding Planning
Here are just a few tips on how you can work to save both the environment and some money during your wedding planning:
Rent Your Decorations
It’s easy to want to buy everything new when planning your big day. But did you know that you can rent a lot of decorations instead? Many companies offer these services, allowing you to return your decorations once your wedding’s over.
Renting your decorations is a great way to both save money and help the environment. So instead of buying new items, consider renting reusable pieces such as linens, chairs, vases, or even centerpieces.
Consider Buying Used Items
Another way to cut back on costs and help the environment is to look for pre-owned items. Sites like eBay, Craigslist, and even thrift stores are great sources for gently used items such as dresses, suits, centerpieces, and more.
Don’t forget about family and friends, too! You never know what gems they may have tucked away that you could use. If you don’t want to rent your wedding attire, you can often save by buying used. So it’s a win-win for your budget and for the environment.
Choose Sustainable Invitations
Another way to reduce costs and help the environment is to go with eco-friendly invitations. Paperless invites are becoming more popular, as they are much more cost-effective and don’t require any trees to be cut down.
Additionally, you can opt for recycled paper materials or digital printing to further reduce any negative environmental impact.
Reuse Your Dress and Suit
When it comes to your wedding dress and suit, think of ways to reuse them. This means you can wear these garments again while also helping the environment by reducing waste and emissions. You can also pass on your dress or suit to a family member or friend, or donate them to charity. This way, they get multiple uses out of them.
The same goes for your bridesmaids’ dresses. Instead of throwing them away, find ways to give them a new life. The more you can reuse and repurpose items, the better.
Go for a Smaller Venue
Many people naturally opt for the biggest and best venue they can find, but this isn’t always necessary. A smaller venue will save you money and also help the environment by reducing your energy and water usage.
If you’re looking to save even more money, consider having your wedding outdoors or at a non-traditional venue such as a beach, park, or even your own backyard. You’ll get a beautiful setting without the hefty price tag. Remember to take into account the availability and costs of hiring transport for the guests, too. And if possible, try to select a venue near your reception or ceremony that requires minimal travel.
Let Windows on the Water Help Plan Your Special Day
If you’re looking for a team of professionals to help plan your special day, look no further than Windows on the Water. We specialize in planning and executing gorgeous weddings, and we’re always happy to accommodate your wants and needs. We are also here to help answer any questions you may have about the process.