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Sustainable Wedding Ideas: Bringing Sustainability to Your Big Day

Sustainable Wedding Ideas: Bringing Sustainability to Your Big Day


Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. This wedding mantra has been around since The Victorian Era. We are taking it to inspire us towards a more sustainable wedding.

Sustainable Wedding Ideas: Bringing Sustainability to Your Big Day

Something Old- Vintage Wedding Dress

Vintage pieces for your closet are all the rage. Why not extend that love for finding unique pieces to your wedding day? One of the best ways to be sustainable on your wedding day is to use a vintage wedding dress. Whether you’re getting it passed down from your mother, or you find one from a thrift store. It’s sure to make a statement as a one-of-a-kind item you can’t find anywhere else.

Alternative: Don’t like the idea of wearing a dress that already had its moment down the aisle? You can get a wedding dress from a sustainable wedding dress brand that uses eco-friendly materials like the brand WearYourLove.

Something New- Wedding Registry

Guests love wedding registries! They take the guessing game out of figuring out what the couple wants to receive. Here’s how to add sustainability to your something new. When picking out items that you would like to receive, you can make sure that the items you’re picking are also from sustainable brands like Parachute, West Elm, Uncommon Goods, or the certified B Corp, Etsy. This way, your guests know they are choosing brands that you love and support.

Something Borrowed- Rent Decorations

When it comes to planning the big day, decorations play the biggest part in bringing that day to life. But what happens to all the decorations after the day is over? We have a solution to keep your mind at ease. Renting decorations allows for sustainability because you know they will be kept in good condition and used in the future. Renting uplighting can help transform your wedding venue, and our Complete Weddings + Events team can set up everything so there’s no hassle on you to pick up or drop off the rented lights.

Alternative: If renting isn’t an option for some of your decorations, you can always donate the items that you won’t use again. A lot of the decorations or supplies can be reused for different events.

Something Blue

Outdoor Venue

For your something blue, we’re looking to our dear mother nature. Having an outdoor wedding is an incredible way to cut down electric use, especially for lighting. The wonderful backdrop of the blue skies, ocean water, etc., will be a perfect way to get the best pictures.

Alternative: Can’t avoid bad weather for your wedding? You can ask your indoor wedding venue about their sustainable practices to guide your choice.


If you’re thinking nature is a cop-out for “something blue”, here’s another idea. Incorporate the color into your theme! There are many ways to sprinkle blue throughout your venue, especially in flowers or decor. You could either pick a venue with blue flowers or shop from local florists to lessen the carbon footprint of transportation.

We believe that being sustainable shouldn’t be a daunting task. Any step incorporated into your wedding day can make the biggest difference. It just takes some careful considerations and planning. Here’s to a sustainable start to the newest chapter in your life!

Author: Elaine Mukusha

Complete Weddings + Events is North America’s best in event and wedding photography, videography, lighting, coordination, DJ services and photo booth rental.

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