Weddings are a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry in the United States. With all of the associated costs — from travel and food to flowers and party favors — the “big day” often comes at a big expense to wildlife and the environment.
But it doesn’t have to. Your celebration can be an opportunity to make sustainable choices and share your values with loved ones. Think of it as another way to incorporate your personality into your special day. Plus, many of these choices come with the added benefits of simplifying your plans and shrinking your wedding costs.
This guide lays out many of the ways you can make your wedding wildlife friendly.
Understandably, eloping, having a small wedding or no wedding at all would have very low to no impact, but those options don’t work for everyone. If you do celebrate, this guide can help you do so sustainably.
And it’s not intended to be an all-or-nothing checklist. Just because you can’t make every single aspect of your wedding 100 percent sustainable doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make improvements where you can. Small changes add up, and wildlife can use all the help they can get.