Today we’re going to talk about ways to make your wedding more sustainable.
Even if you just do one or two easy things, you’ll be making a huge impact.
The easiest way to start, right off the bat is by choosing a sustainable no harm engagement ring & jewelry for your wedding!Aurate— All handmade and designed in the USA (New York) with 100% ethically sourced gold and gems. Very modern and sleek, with a touch of abstract.Trumpet and Horn — Absolutely stunning vintage inspired rings, these are classic knock outs.Catbird — These are gorgeous and super simple, AND ethically sourced and priced. Minimalist and dainty, with lots of unique gems to choose from, not just the classic diamonds!Soko — Soko is easily one of my favorite brands for your day-of wedding jewelry! Its a women-led, people-first ethical jewelry brand and tech-powered manufacturing platform built to connect artisans in Kenya with the global market. Seriously, my favorite statement items come from Soko, and it feels so good to know that they’re well made and supporting artisans livelihood.
Focus on sustainable fashion!Leila Hafiz — Norse female designer. Back in 1997 few fashion brands talked about globalisation, empowerment of women and ethical and eco conscious production from a developing country. The aim to establish this has been a core mission of the entrepreneur Leila Hafiz since she first started her production in Kathmandu, September 1997.Pure Magnolia — They have a very bohemian style wedding gown that is completely ethical and sustainable. They’re trying to be responsible to society with ethical choices across the board, from responsible sourcing to locally made, and they stay away from synthetic fabrics!
Work with wedding planners who are willing to find sustainable decor (ie. beeswax candles, french linens, natural dyes, ethical and organic florals).
Working with wedding vendors who practice 0waste and actively give back to the community, like my team and I at J.J. Au’Clair. To learn more about how we give back (10% of the company’s profits are donated every year to organizations supporting civil rights, conservation, and environmental health) check out about about page!
Venues and their sustainable practices, or have ways in which they give back.
Please think about your venue and to take a look at whether or not they practice sustainable practices and maybe even to look at ways in which they give back. And this one may not always be the biggest thing to focus on, but it is good to think about. In particular being based in the Southeast. I think it’s important to talk about venues and the ways in which they give back specifically around plantations and venues of that nature.
Historically, plantations have a lot of negative energy and dark histories around them. It’s important to think about this, especially if you’re in a place of privilege. Think about this from the perspective of what that venue or that location stood for in the past and how it can affect people in particular. You wouldn’t probably have your wedding at a beautiful location if it was previously a Holocaust site.
And if you are really set on a gorgeous venue that is a plantation, consider whether that venues currently practices giving back to the community! Consider whether or not this is a place that now is trying to make active change in what was previously a very dark history for that venue.
Additionally, if you’re going to be using that venue, consider how you can give back and make an active difference. That way you are not just feeding into a cycle. Think about giving a donation to the Black Lives Matter fund or the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. Or somewhere that can create awareness and continue growth for us systemically in that department.
Most people do this, but please use actual flatware, plates, glasses, and linen/fabric napkins instead of disposables and paper!
Invest in catering that’s organic. Organic food can feel expensive, especially if its fine catering. But what you choose to serve also has a huge impact. Grazing tables and organic wines are a simple option with healthy and incredible food for more casual or luncheon events, or as an appetizer before a full seated dinner. In Atlanta Moveable Feast does such a good job with their grazing tables, as does Grazing Affair. Endive Fine Catering in Atlanta is also a great organic catering company.
That was 8 easy ways to make your wedding more sustainable! So simple.
I hope you loved and can begin to implement some of these ideas to make your wedding day more sustainable!
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