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In today’s eco-conscious world, couples are increasingly looking for ways to celebrate their love without leaving a heavy footprint on the planet. Eliminating single-use plastics from weddings is a significant step toward this goal. It’s not just about being trendy; it’s about taking responsibility for the impact our celebrations have on the environment. 

At Windows on the Water, we understand the importance of creating a memorable event that aligns with your values. We’ve seen firsthand the beauty and elegance that can come from making sustainable choices, and we’re here to guide you toward creating the eco-friendly wedding of your dreams.

3 Ways to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic From Your Wedding 

Some of the best ways to be more environmentally friendly for your wedding include:

Choosing Eco-Friendly Invitations and Decorations

Traditional invitations often come wrapped in plastic or include plastic elements that can’t be recycled. A great alternative is to opt for digital invitations. They’re not only eco-friendly but also allow for a quicker RSVP process. For those who prefer a tangible invitation, consider paper options that are either recycled or sourced from sustainable forests. Some companies even offer plantable paper that is embedded with seeds that guests can grow as a reminder of your special day.

Decorations are another area where single-use plastics often sneak in, particularly in the form of balloons and synthetic ribbons. Instead, think about using natural materials like flowers, leaves, wood, and stones to add a touch of elegance to your venue. Not only do these materials offer a unique aesthetic, but they also can be composted or reused after the event. For lighting, solar-powered lights or candles can create a romantic ambiance without the need for plastic.

Utilizing Sustainable Catering Options

Food and drink play a central role in any wedding, but they often come with a lot of plastic waste, from packaging to utensils. To combat this, work with a catering service that prioritizes sustainability. Ask about sourcing ingredients locally to reduce transportation-related plastic use and carbon footprint. Many caterers are willing to accommodate requests for bulk condiments and beverages instead of individual packets and bottles, significantly cutting down on plastic waste.

For serving, insist on real cutlery, plates, and glasses rather than their plastic counterparts. It’s a small change that can make a big difference in the amount of waste generated. Additionally, plan for a composting option for food scraps and donate leftovers to a local shelter or food bank to minimize waste.

Thinking About Gifts and Favors With a Purpose

Wedding favors are a lovely way to thank guests for their presence, but they often involve plastic packaging or are themselves made of plastic. Consider gifts that not only commemorate the day but also encourage sustainable living. Items like reusable shopping bags, bamboo cutlery sets, or potted plants can be both meaningful and eco-friendly. For packaging, fabric wraps or paper made from recycled materials can be a beautiful touch.

Additionally, offering experiences instead of tangible gifts can significantly reduce waste. Think about gifting vouchers for local experiences, like a day at a spa, a wine-tasting session, or a cooking class, which not only minimizes environmental impact but also supports local businesses. These gifts ensure your guests remember your special day through memorable experiences rather than items that may eventually end up in a landfill. 

Windows on the Water Is Here to Help Make Your Wedding Perfect

At Windows on the Water, we are committed to helping you plan an event that not only celebrates your love but also respects the environment. Our outdoor venue is the perfect backdrop for couples who dream of a natural and sustainable wedding. With our guidance, you can enjoy the beauty of nature while minimizing your environmental impact.

From our sprawling outdoor spaces that reduce the need for artificial lighting to our expertise in organizing events that prioritize eco-friendly practices, we’re here to ensure your wedding is not only beautiful but also kind to the planet. For more information or to start planning your event, reach out to us at (609) 208-9475 or visit our contact form. At Windows on the Water, your dream of a green wedding becomes our mission.