A lot of people think going green means spending more, but if the price of recycled paper and organic produce has you down, don’t fret. The best strategies for reducing your carbon footprint can actually save you thousands.
- Buy used: You found your dream dress, but it’s wayyy over your budget. But, what if another bride bought that dress, and wore it for a few hours, annnnd now she wants to sell it to you for half price? It could happen to you. Head on over to your local bridal consignment shop, or online sites like RecycledBride and OnceWed to check listings in your size. You can look gorgeous, save money, and reuse, the essential second step of the reduce-reuse-recycle triangle.
- Buy less: Look at the panflute flow chart below. Now replace the word ‘panflute’ with plastic wedding favors, monstrous centerpieces and any other wallet draining items that are going to end up in the trash at the end of the night. Do you need one? No, you don’t.
- Think seasonal: For food and flowers, in season generally means it costs less and it’s grown closer to you, which means it’s probably fresher and less oil was used in transporting it. Request seasonal bouquets and produce from your florist and caterer, and don’t be afraid to ask them where they source their goods.
- Go local: Look for local community businesses for your vendors. Not only are these folks likely to build a personal relationship with you and work with you to meet your budget, but they’re also more likely to purchase their supplies from other small businesses. You’ll be supporting your community’s economy and sourcing locally at the same time.
- Go digital: My fiancé and I made a Save the Date video that we emailed to family and friends, and instead of response cards, we’re asking guests to RSVP on our wedding website or by phone. We saved paper and several hundred dollars in postage and printing costs. In fact, using a borrowed camera, software that came with our computer and our own mad skills, the website and video were almost free.
Viola! Five ways to go green and stay cheap. Did any of these strategies work for you? Do you have any other eco and budget friendly ideas?