Eco-Friendly Weddings: Sustainable Choices for a Greener Celebration

by | Jun 5, 2024 | Social, Weddings

Eco-friendly weddings are becoming increasingly popular as couples look for ways to reduce their environmental footprint while celebrating their special day. We’ve gathered the hottest tips to help you  plan your eco-friendly wedding:

  • Venue: Choose a venue that aligns with your eco-friendly values. Outdoor settings like parks, gardens, or beaches can minimize the need for additional lighting and decorations, reducing energy consumption. Chiefswood Park, with its beautiful and picturesque scenery along the Grand River, is an ideal venue choice. Additionally, look for venues that practice sustainability, such as those with renewable energy sources.

  • Invitations: Opt for digital invitations or use recycled paper for printed ones. You can also include RSVP options online to reduce paper waste.



  • Attire: Consider renting or buying a second-hand wedding dress or suit, or choose clothing made from sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo. For accessories, look for vintage or ethically sourced options.

  • Decor: Use decor that is reusable, recyclable, or biodegradable. For example, choose potted plants or flowers instead of cut flowers, and opt for reusable or compostable tableware instead of disposable plastic. You could even go so far as to use a hole punch to make your confetti from fallen leaves!



  • Catering: Select a caterer that prioritizes local, seasonal, and organic ingredients. Also, consider offering vegetarian or vegan menu options to reduce the environmental impact of food production. Not only will your guests enjoy a fresh, delicious meal, but you will be supporting the local economy. A delicious win, all around!

  • Transportation: Encourage guests to carpool, use public transportation, or arrange shuttle services to reduce emissions from individual vehicles. If possible, choose a venue that’s easily accessible and centrally located. Conveniently, Chiefswood Park and the Gathering Place by the Grand are only a few minutes drive from each other and would make a great choice for your ceremony and reception.

  • Favours and Gifts: Give eco-friendly wedding favours such as potted plants, seeds, or homemade treats. Consider charitable donations or experiences instead of physical gifts to further minimize waste.

  • Waste Reduction: Set up recycling and composting stations at the venue to minimize waste. Choose biodegradable or compostable materials for any disposable items used during the wedding. Contact the Gathering Place to discuss ways you can minimize waste on your big day.



  • Energy: Opt for energy-efficient lighting and decorations, and consider using candles or solar-powered lights for ambiance. If using electricity, inquire about renewable energy options from your venue or provider.

  • Honeymoon: Plan an eco-friendly honeymoon by choosing destinations and activities that support local communities and minimize environmental impact. Consider eco-friendly accommodations and transportation options such as trains or electric vehicles.

By incorporating these ideas into your wedding planning process, you can create a memorable and meaningful event while reducing your ecological footprint.

Contact us for details on wedding packages at [email protected] or visit our website for more information at www.gatheringplacebythegrand.ca.

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