In nature comes a certain beauty that resonates with all of us. Plants are symbolic and powerful and can play a vital role in planning an eco-friendly wedding. From opting for local, sustainable food to choosing zero-waste plant-based wedding favors, your wedding can have a positive impact rather than a negative one and be even more meaningful.
How can plant-based weddings make a difference?
While the plant-based lifestyle has become a movement in the food and diet industry, making sustainable choices and incorporating more plants into other of aspects of lives is more important than ever. According to this article from the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, of the 2.5 million U.S. weddings annually, the average event produces 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 500lbs of waste!
By choosing to use natural elements for your wedding, you can help reduce this massive waste stream and celebrate in a way that honors the planet—something you'll never forget or regret. You'll also be a part of an important movement towards greener weddings and might even inspire others to make better choices when planning their special events.
Here are 5 ideas for planning plant-based weddings:
1.) Potted Plant Centerpieces
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Using a potted plant as a centerpiece for your wedding tables will not only add a touch of rustic charm to the decor, but it'll also make your wedding even more eco-friendly. While fresh cut flowers and exotic floral arrangements are also natural, the carbon emissions created from importing them from various destinations cause even more damage to the environment. With potted plants, you can purchase them from a local garden center and even give them to guests at the end of the wedding as a special memento from a naturally beautiful day.
2.) Seed Paper Wedding Stationery
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From wedding invitations and save the dates to place cards and thank you cards, seed paper wedding stationery is a beautiful way to incorporate plant-based elements into your wedding. Created with post-consumer materials, the special paper is embedded with pure, high-quality NON-GMO seeds that can be planted in a pot or garden.
Available in your choice of wildflower or herb, the biodegradable seed paper will compost away so you can be sure that your stationery leaves no waste behind like the traditional card stock options. Instead of tossing your invitations or letting them collect dust on a shelf, your loved ones will be able to use the seed paper stationery to add more beauty into the world instead of harmful waste.
3) Vegetarian Cuisine
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The plant-based movement has become a fantastic way to help maintain a healthy body and mind, and that includes eating a wholesome vegetarian diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. While some guests might fear a meatless wedding menu, incorporating a variety of colorful dishes with nuts and fruits will make sure they leave your wedding feeling full and satisfied.
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Plants are one of the most useful and symbolic wedding favors that you can give to your guests. Not only do they look beautiful when placed on a desk or next to a windowsill, but they're known to purify the air and help create fresh oxygen which can help prevent illnesses. Since they will require some tender loving care, plant favors will symbolize the work it takes to make a marriage healthy and strong so it continues to grow and blossom. Seed paper wedding favors are an easy, budget-friendly way to share the gift of plants with your guests. The paper is embedded with seeds so that your guests can plant them! They can be personalized with your names and a custom message and are available in a variety of colors and styles.
5) A Tree Planting Ceremony
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Plant-based weddings are all about adding more of your eco-friendly values into your day, so when you plant a tree together, the green act will symbolize the beauty of growth, life, and new beginnings in a way that will live on for years to come. A perfect photo opportunity, this idea will share your passion for green living while giving you somewhere to visit on each anniversary so you can see how much the tree has grown over the duration of the year. If you do decide to do this, be sure to choose a tree species that is native to the area so it will grow in a way that's truly beneficial to the environment.
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