It is wedding season here in the Whitsundays and, after attending a few functions, I have noticed that although we have come a long way from single use plastic, there is still room for improvement.
Here are some simple tips that can be applied to any wedding or large event, without compromising the big day itself.
Keep it small and go paperless
Capping the number of guests can go a long way to reducing your impact. A big lavish wedding may sound appealing, but an intimate gathering with those closest to you can be an efficient way to reduce the cost and waste.
The large expense of sending paper invitations can be eliminated by sending virtual invites. Programmes like Canva make creating beautiful and unique invites easy.
Say yes to the right dress
Consider hiring or borrowing pre-loved clothing, allowing you to still look fabulous. This can be applied to the wedding party and guests too.
Decorate in style
Dried flower bouquets and decorations are a stunning addition to any wedding and can easily be kept as keepsakes.
Pot plants, herbs and flowers in jars, and greenery from the garden, are perfect to add splashes of colour.
Choosing a catering company that shares your values is important and make sure the event is not over catered.
A locally grown menu will reduce the transport emissions and can really benefit local suppliers, while a fully plant-based menu will have a smaller carbon footprint.
Having clear, labelled bins for compostable items, recyclables and others can help make cleaning up a breeze.
Giving useful Zero Waste items, like reusable cutlery or straws, are a great way to share your values with your guests and maybe kick-start their Zero Waste journey.
Potted flowers, herbs or tree saplings that were used for decorations can double as favours.
Thrifted glassware used on the night can be taken home as a quirky and useful favour.
Having a gift registry is a great way to avoid doubling up and being left with unwanted items.
Asking for donations to put towards the honeymoon, or experiences, are a great way to ensure a holiday to remember.
Weddings can be stressful to organise but with Zero Waste mindfulness and simple swaps it can make your big day low impact.
By Co-Founders Karen Jacobsen and Lucy Smith.