In planning a wedding, global climate issues may be the furthest thing from your mind, but there are actually a lot of fun, easy ways to recycle in your wedding!
If you have any presents, favors, or other things that need wrapping, a cute idea is to use newspapers to wrap them. Not just any ol’ set of Sunday funnies, though. You could collect papers from years past that were printed on the day of your wedding, or use wedding announcements. It would be like a gift in and of itself for the recipient, because they would get to read whatever stories you pick out for the presents.
There’s also a how-to
for making adorable ribbons from recycled magazines.
These make recycling look pretty darn cute, don’t they?
If you’re up for a little work with a sander, you can put your engagement photos to good use by making frames for them. It’s really easy to find salvageable wood, even if you’re not into Dumpster Diving. This style of frame is very cute, and would certainly add to an outdoorsy-themed wedding.
You could also use reclaimed wood to make a sign for the ceremony or reception. If a family member is into woodworking, this would be a great way to get them involved in the wedding. I have a friend whose dad is making one for her ceremony.
If you want to cut down both on the environmental impact and cost of your save the dates, you may want to look into sending them out electronically. This may be hard, as Great Aunt Nora might not have an email address (or know how to turn on a computer), but you can always send some out in the mail and some via email.
When sending out electronic save the dates, it can give you a lot more freedom with colors and design, since you don’t have to worry about paying for them to be printed. You could even include a little video for your invitees to watch so they can get excited about the wedding.
If you have any blankets or clothes that are past their prime, you could easily repurpose those somehow. The possibilities are nearly endless! Custom napkins for the reception, a banner, streamers (for a chuppah, maybe?), handkerchiefs (gotta be prepared for the waterworks), etc, etc. It would add such a sweet handmade touch to any event, and would also be a great way to get a craft friend or relative involved in the wedding.
There’s no place like home (or your backyard, rather)…to get great wedding decorations. All you have to do is walk around your yard for awhile and pick up a bunch of twigs that are around the same size (or could be made the same size). Then you’ve got a perfect candle for an outdoorsy wedding!
And you can never forget Mason jars. These bad boys are a bride’s best friend. You can use them for drinks (as pictured), for candleholders, candy holders, vases, part of a centerpiece, terrariums, or basically whatever strikes your fancy. Then, after the wedding, you can take ’em home and use them for whatever else you want!
Happy recycling! Let us know what your favorite ways are to recycle in weddings. We’d love to hear from you!