Elegant Ideas to Incorporate into Your Ethical and Eco-Friendly Wedding

As the internet connects us more and more with the rest of the world, we also get more and more ideas than ever before when it comes to loving on the Earth. And we think being eco-chic in everyday translates beautifully into the big day! Weddings can often leave big footprints behind as large amounts of guests gather, travel, and stay, but there are simple ways to consider sustainability when planning your celebration. From ethically sourced wedding attire to recycled gold rings to natural surroundings, beautiful ideas abound that marry your eco-conscious personalities with saying I Do.

Simple and elegant eco chic wedding day at Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk Virginia

Naturally Beautiful Ceremony Venue

Choosing a wedding venue that has breathtaking natural scenery and one that you don't have to do much decorating is a great way to be eco-chic. Outdoor spaces, like this one at Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, with organic beauty or historical structures with a lot of character not only can be budget-friendly but also leave a smaller footprint afterwards.

Photography: Erika Mills Photography | Venue: Hermitage Museum and Gardens | Florals: Roost Flowers | Coordination: Jamie Leigh Events

Pretty way to have a recycle bin at your wedding

Elegant Wedding Recycle Bin

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Make recycling a priority on your day by setting up a venue-friendly recycling bin near your cocktail bar and food stations, especially if you're having an outdoor celebration where cans and bottles are a necessity. If your caterer is unable to do the recycling for you, designate a recycle bin wrangler to make it happen after the festivities.

Wood Recycle Sign: High Oak & Co. via Etsy

Naturally dyed and eco friendly silk ribbon for your wedding

Naturally Dyed Silk Ribbon

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We love coming across small businesses who do all they can to make their art as earth-friendly as possible. This naturally dyed ribbon is created using sustainability conscious practices such as limiting water wastage and recycling greywater for plant watering. The Etsy shop owner Meghan works with restaurants to collect food waste to create beautiful dyes from onion skins and avocado pits as well as with florists to utilize leftover flowers from weddings and events. After the ribbons are colored, all biodegradable material is composted. So you can feel good about the ribbon wrapped around your bouquet!

Eco-Friendly Plant Dyed Silk Ribbon: Rosemarine Textiles via Etsy

Eco friendly wedding tablecloth linen

Eco-Friendly Linen Tablecloth

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As one of the most biodegradable fabrics already, linen is made from flax plant fibers, so it tends to be a more eco-friendly fabric than cotton. Its natural texture adds a beauty to any wedding table and comes in many different shades. This particular tablecloth on Etsy is sustainably sourced and is shipped in biodegradable packaging for you to keep on giving back to the environment.

Natural Linen Tablecloth: Back2Linen via Etsy

Unique custom reusable straws for eco friendly wedding favors

Reusable Metal Straw Wedding Favors

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In a fight to reduce single use plastic, Heidi started selling personalized stainless steel straws and pouches in her Etsy shop. For the ultimate wedding favor that gets some use on the wedding day itself to eliminate cocktail straws, these are just too perfectly chic and would look great at every guest's place setting.

Personalized Reusable Metal Straws: Ever So Pretty Designs via Etsy

Mini potted succulents for eco friendly wedding favors and decor

Potted Plants as Favors or Decor

as seen on Junebug Weddings

Not just pretty decor, potted succulents or tiny plants can also be the most literal green gift ever. Be sure to set up a sign letting guests know to take one with them. For any leftovers, plant them in your yard or give them to a community garden.

Photography: Let’s Frolic Together | Event Planning: Sweet Emilia Jane

Recycled gold wedding ring with sustainable moissanite stone

Recycled Gold and Ethically Sourced Solitaire Ring

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Made from 100% recycled gold, these dainty sweet rings are a perfect choice for the understated eco chic bride. The stone is moissanite which is created in a lab, so you can rest well knowing it's also been ethically sourced. Who knew that recycling could look so gorgeous?

Recycled Gold Wedding Ring: Commit Me via Etsy

Recyclable vellum wedding envelope pouch for leaf confetti

Earth-Friendly and Recyclable Wedding Confetti Pouch

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Whether you're tying the knot on Earth Day or just want to be more eco-conscious with your celebratory toss, consider using small leaves for a environmentally responsible option. Tuck those leaves in a recyclable vellum envelope and let your guests know that it's a lovely trend from the past.

Vellum Confetti Envelope: The Favor Loft via Etsy

Ethically sourced wedding dress made with bamboo or raw silk fabric by Celia Grace

Ethically Made Wedding Attire

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Leading the Fair Trade mission in the wedding industry, Celia Grace makes stunning wedding attire that celebrates and educates. These particular bridal pants are made of a sustainable bamboo fabric and are made to order at their Fair Trade cooperative in Cambodia which means dressmakers are paid fairly and practices sustainable production methods. Not only sourced ethically, but each gown or outfit purchase contributes to Tailored For Education, a non-profit that provides school uniforms to children in underdeveloped countries.

Fair Trade Wedding Attire: Celia Grace

Elegant calligraphy wedding place cards made with recycled cotton rag

Recycled Cotton Rag Wedding Place Cards

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Swoon to handmade paper and the artisanal touch, especially when it's made from recycled cotton! When something is made in small batches, it creates less waste, and that's why we love these unique place cards made by Etsy artist Amelia!

Handmade Recycled Wedding Place Cards: Millie Stone via Etsy

Illustrated chalkboard menu for a lovely eco friendly way to share wedding menu with guests

Chalkboard Menu

as seen on Tidewater and Tulle

Consider eliminating paper menus completely by having a giant chalkboard sign detailing what's to eat and drink at your wedding reception. Illustrations and elegant calligraphy can take it to the next level for your theme.

Photography: Krista Marie Photography | Venue & Bar: Heidrun Meadery | Coordination: Off the Beaten Path Signature Experiences and Venone PR

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