Looking for ways to have a sustainable, environmentally friendly wedding day? Search no more! We’ve given you 6 wedding day tips that are locally-focused, and yes, eco-friendly!
1. Source Out Sustainable Stationary
From eco-friendly save the dates to environmentally friendly wedding invitations, you can support your local artisans in the Okanagan while getting beautiful custom stationary. Susanna at Modern Invitations in Kamloops offers eco-friendly and wood veneer paper options and makes every effort to reuse and recycle stationary and invites. Plus, her portfolio is gorgeous, and just like her business name says, modern!
2. Wear An Eco-Conscious Wedding Dress
Ahhh, the wedding dress. Arguably a bride’s most careful investment throughout the wedding planning process. Your bridal gown is a special purchase and if you’re going environmentally friendly for your wedding, then there are plenty of eco-friendly Canadian boutiques to choose from, some specializing in bridal gowns.
In Vancouver, Pure Magnolia is committed to using sustainable fabrics for beautiful gowns and bridesmaids dresses for what the designer describes as your “dream eco dress”. At Pure Magnolia, you can expect to find couture eco-friendly dresses in organic cotton, hemp, sustainably sourced silks, natural fiber European lace, as well as recycled and vintage fabrics.
Ashbury Bridal is a consignment boutique in downtown Kelowna carrying over 400 designer wedding gowns that have been carefully accepted and cleaned before being put up on the racks. Who knows? Ashbury Bridal might just be where you find your perfectly fitted consigned wedding dress!
3. Eco-Friendly Wedding Registries Are A Reality
Supporting local businesses as often as possible is a great way to shop eco-friendly. When searching out ideas on how to create an eco-friendly gift registry for your wedding, find local websites that allow you to create custom gift registries that can help support local and improve the environment.
A great example of this is Zankyou, a site that allows brides and grooms to create their own custom registry, including the “Green Wedding Registry”, a collaboration with Greenpeace which sets up products and funds that go towards helping the planet.
If you're in Kelowna, when searching out ideas on how to create an eco-friendly gift registry for your wedding, visit the Shop Kelowna website; they make it as easy as possible to create a local gift registry and share it with your guests. You can include items from stores like Unless Market, Lavish Design, Lakehouse Home Store and more, all great choices making for a wonderful wedding registry.
4. Find An Outdoor Venue To Exchange Your Vows
Indoor wedding venues can take up plenty of precious energy. An easy way to have a green wedding ceremony and reception is to hold your festivities outdoors. In Canada, we have so many outdoor wedding options that it shouldn’t be too hard to find a beautiful place to exchange your vows. In a previous blog post, we highlighted five vineyards in the Okanagan you can have your wedding but some other beautiful outdoor venue locations include Hannah Farms in East Kelowna, Sea Cider Farms & Ciderhouse in Saanichton, BC, and this beautiful outdoor wedding venue in Vancouver, UBC Farm.
5. Consider A Local Menu
Farm-to-table focused restaurants are super popular, and for good reason. Farm-to-table fresh food tastes better and it encourages a healthier environment. When considering your wedding day caterer, here are some great choices: Wine barrel platters from Basket Case Picnics in Vernon, BC, focusing on seasonal flavours and served family style, Little Piggy Catering in Victoria, BC, a catering company that specializes in plant forward menus, ethical meats, and sustainable seafood, and Bon Vivant Catering in Vancouver, BC, a business that values the origins of food and is committed to serving a gourmet meal that has been sourced close to home.
6. Look At Charitable Alternatives To Party Favours
There are plenty of ways to incorporate eco-friendly wedding favour ideas into your big day, but what about having none at all? Instead, find a local charity that would be a great alternative to standard party favours. Using environmentally friendly cards, let your guests know at each place setting which charity you’ve chosen to support in lieu of their take home wedding favours. Some great not-for-profit organizations include Mamas For Mamas, the BC SPCA (find your local branch), Mustard Seed, and Paws It Forward Dog Rescue. By taking the money you’d normally spend on gifts for your wedding guests, this is a generous alternative that will be appreciated by many.