August 9, 2021
As an event planner, I am always looking for the opportunity to create environmentally conscious events that capture the needs of the client, while imposing a minimal environmental impact. Fortunately, today’s sustainable and eco-friendly options have become even more accessible and affordable.
I have had the pleasure of working with many eco-friendly couples. One of my past couples based in California bonded over nature, parks and family. We really wanted to showcase their story by incorporating sustainable and eco-friendly elements into their special day. They selected a local park in El Segundo as their wedding venue. The flowers were provided by a local flower market and arranged by the aunt and cousin of the bride. Mason jars were used as vases for the tabletop floral arrangements, that were later repurposed for storing food and jams. Burlap table runners and twine served as recyclable décor elements that paired seamlessly with the table setting consisting of biodegradable silverware and plates made from palm leaves. The park’s outdoor structures served as locales for cocktails and casual gathering spots between the ceremony and reception. We lined the picnic tables with butcher paper and encouraged the guests to write special notes to the happy couple. At the end of the night, my assistant and I made sure to roll up the liners and tie them together with burlap cording so the couple would be able to enjoy reading all the sweet messages in the days following the event. At the end of the night, guests were encouraged to take the floral arrangements home as gifts, so they would have a beautiful memento for their homes, and a special reminder of the big day.
It was truly a memorable and a one of a kind wedding that spoke volumes about the couple and their connection with those they love, as well as the environment. It was truly an honor and a delight to have taken part in their special day.
For couples looking to making their dream wedding eco-friendly and sustainable, here are a few other ideas and tips:
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