Easy tips to plan a plastic free wedding
What is a plastic-free wedding? Well, simple answer, it's a wedding with no single-use plastic. Now, that is a lot harder to achieve than it sounds.
I recently got married and obviously, I wanted to create the least amount of waste as I possibly could. So, how can you avoid unnecessary rubbish on a day that's could potentially be literally littered with plastic? These are my tips.
I gave each of our guests a cacti as a little thank you. They were also used as table decorations and came in a terracotta pot. At the end of the night, each guest took one home with them.
We had quite a few kids come to our wedding. To keep them entertained I went to my local craft shop and purchased x5 big 3D letter 'T' and x5 letter 'D''s (our first initials). Once at the venue we collected four long sticks and there was our homemade nought and crosses game.
I also handmade bubbles for the kids. I had some glass jars in the house, as well as those craft pipe cleaners. I borrowed a little bit of fairy liquid (as I use a dish wash block) and added it to water, shaped the pipes and there you have your DIY bubbles.
Plastic Free Confetti
We got married in June and during the month of May we get a lot of cherry blossom in our local park. I picked it as it began to fall and popped it in the oven at 150 degrees for about 10 mins and it was dry and ready to use as confetti. You can also put it in the airing cupboard if you have one, it just takes a bit longer.
If you have a florist, just speak to them about it. A lot of the time all you have to do is raise awareness and people realise that not everything has to be wrapped in plastic! Or alternatively, go to your local market as a lot of the flowers won't be wrapped. Another great idea, is dried flowers that you can get from loads of different places. A friend of mine got hers from Etsy, and obviously you can then keep them for years and years!
Plastic Free Decorations
Our wedding was boho themed and really natural. We used gin bottles as flower vases, we had paper lanterns hanging in trees and I did a macrame course a couple of months ago so I could make a few of those beautiful hoops. We also had candles in glass jars, lavender from the garden tied on with twine, and old carpets outside on the glass for people to sit on.
Speak to your catering company about what's in season and create a menu around those options. We were lucky with ours as it was a summer wedding we had lots of choices. You can also pick up ingredients yourself from your local farmers market.
All the drinks were served in glasses or bottles and all alcohol came from a glass bottle. You just have to think about what you want to serve and if you can get it in glass - i.e. tonic water. It might be a little bit pricer but you can save in other ways or just decide not to offer it. We asked them to provide paper straws for those who wanted them, but the drinks were automatically served without one.
Questions? Drop me a message in the comments below if you're planning a plastic-free wedding and I'll get back to you.