Fresh flowers trucked in from exotic locales. Throw-away favors. More food than a small army could consume in a week. RSVP cards, save-the-dates and menus, oh my!
With these wedding planning details (and more) included on every “must-have” checklist, today’s weddings are not only expensive — more than $35,000, on average, according to the latest numbers from The Knot — but also often embrace a lavishness that isn’t exactly eco-friendly. According to The Green Bride Guide, by Kate Harrison, the typical wedding produces at least 400 pounds of garbage.
Thankfully, the nuptial tide is turning, and more couples are choosing to say “I Do” to cutting down on wasteful wedding receptions, too. “We do believe there’s been an increase in care and consideration for this sort of event production,” says Stephanie Sica, founder of New York-based event company Orchard and Broome. “There’s been a huge shift toward sustainability, creating less waste and making more conscious decisions.”
There are a variety of ways to make your big day more environmentally (and wedding-budget) friendly. Catherine Agopcan, 34, and her husband opted out of favors and used one venue for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception to minimize travel and parking, among other things. “By keeping it simple, we did not incur any debt or generate a lot of excess waste,” says Agopcan, who lives in Woodbridge, NJ, and got married in 2012.