Thinking Green for Your Wedding Reception

Want to keep your reception as eco-friendly as possible? Many people do these days, especially considering the amount of waste produced by the average wedding. One survey, for example, found that a wedding reception hosting 100-120 people produces about 400-600 pounds of waste. So if you want to create a sustainable wedding reception, here are a few ideas.

Combine sites

One way to cut down on travel for the wedding party and guests, thus reducing carbon emissions, is to find a venue that can accommodate both the wedding and the reception.

The historic Alfred I. duPont building in downtown Miami is a perfect example of a venue that can serve dual purposes. With its dramatic interiors and convenient location, it makes an ideal setting for any wedding theme, as countless couples have found.

Choose a sustainable wedding menu

Skip the buffet, which typically leaves a great deal of leftover food waste afterward. Opt instead for a plated sit-down meal. This will also save on your budget.

And be sure the caterer works primarily with local suppliers, including area farmers, breweries, distillers, and vineyards.

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Go for green decor

A large amount of the waste from wedding receptions comes from the decorations. So here’s your chance to be inventive.

Find antique or thrift-store items that match your theme to use as decorations. Or select things you will move to your home after the reception, such as mirrors, artwork, and rugs. Consider renting reusable items, which can also save you money.

Liberal use of candlelight is one way to cut down on electricity use, as well as create a romantic mood.

Rethink floral arrangements

Flowers are lovely to have at a wedding reception, but it’s better for the environment if your florist uses local blooms that are in season and that won’t have to be flown in from long distances.

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Better still are potted plants that don’t have to be trashed afterward. Think orchids, hibiscus, rose bushes, citrus trees, even potted herbs that the couple or their guests can take home.

There’s a lot of planning that goes into throwing a memorable wedding, so don’t make yourself crazy by trying to go totally green. Just keep our earth in the back of your mind as you make your plans and you’ll be going a long way to help.