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Eco-Friendly Wedding: A Guide to Tying the Knot with a Green Twist

Plan an eco-friendly wedding without compromising style - from venues to menus, create a magical celebration while protecting the planet.


Weddings are beautiful celebrations of love, bringing couples and their loved ones together to embark on a lifelong journey. However, weddings can also have a significant impact on the environment due to excessive waste and carbon emissions.

Fortunately, couples today have the power to make their special day eco-friendly without compromising on style or elegance. In this blog post, we will explore various ways couples can go green when planning and executing their wedding, ensuring a memorable celebration while also protecting the planet.

Choose an eco-conscious venue

Selecting a wedding venue that aligns with sustainable practices is an essential first step. Look for venues that prioritize energy efficiency, waste reduction, and water conservation.

Consider outdoor venues surrounded by natural beauty, as they often require less artificial lighting and decoration. By opting for a sustainable venue, you can reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding significantly.

Embrace eco-friendly invitations

Move away from traditional paper invitations and consider electronic invites or recycled paper alternatives. Digital invitations not only save trees but also enable you to customize and share your wedding details effortlessly.

If paper invitations are a must, choose recycled or plantable options embedded with wildflower seeds. You can also encourage guests to RSVP online, minimizing paper waste further.

Once you've received all of your RSVPs, you can then use CalUp for wedding day and wedding activity coordination. This way, you don't need to have print outs with the schedule for the wedding day, as everyone has all of the details they need on their CalUp app!

Sustainable sourcing of wedding attire

When it comes to wedding attire, prioritize sustainable and ethically-made options. Seek out eco-conscious designers who use organic fabrics, recycled materials, or upcycled vintage gowns.

Consider renting outfits or buying pre-owned dresses, as this reduces waste and promotes a circular fashion economy. For grooms, renting or purchasing a suit made from organic or sustainable fabrics is a great choice.

Mindful menu planning

Opt for a locally sourced, organic, and seasonal menu for your wedding feast. Work with caterers who prioritize sustainable practices, such as minimizing food waste, using biodegradable tableware, and serving vegetarian or vegan options. Reducing the meat and dairy options on the menu can have a substantial positive impact on the environment.

Decorate sustainably

Create stunning, eco-friendly decorations using natural and reusable elements. Incorporate potted plants, flowers grown locally, and repurposed items into your wedding decor.

Avoid single-use plastic and opt for biodegradable or compostable alternatives for confetti, balloons, and other decorations. Enhance the ambiance with energy-efficient LED lighting and candles made from soy or beeswax.

Eco-conscious wedding favors

Express gratitude to your guests with eco-friendly wedding favors. Consider gifting locally sourced, fair-trade, or organic products like artisanal soaps, potted plants, or seed packets.

Avoid plastic packaging and opt for recycled materials or reusable containers. Another option is to make a donation to a charitable organization on behalf of your guests, supporting a cause close to your hearts.

Reduce transportation emissions

Encourage carpooling or organize shuttle services for your guests to minimize the carbon footprint of transportation. If possible, choose a venue that offers accommodation on-site, reducing the need for additional travel. Consider eco-friendly transportation options such as electric or hybrid vehicles, bicycles, or even horse-drawn carriages.

Eco-conscious gift registry

Create a wedding gift registry that focuses on sustainable and ethical products. Request experiences, donations to environmental organizations, or practical items that align with your eco-friendly lifestyle. Support local businesses or choose online retailers committed to sustainable practices.


Your wedding day is an opportunity to celebrate love while leaving a positive impact on the planet. By incorporating these eco-friendly practices into your wedding planning and execution, you can create a magical celebration that is mindful of the environment. From choosing a sustainable venue and attire to embracing eco-conscious decorations and menu planning, every decision can make.  

If you're still at least a couple of weeks out from your wedding, and are looking for an easy way to coordinate your wedding party and guests, CalUp is a great way to provide everyone with all of the important need-to-know details in advance of the wedding. 

With CalUp, everyone gets a detailed, personalized itinerary for your wedding. From seating arrangements to shuttle bus schedules or venue instructions, CalUp provides your guests with all the information they need in one place!

Better yet, with CalUp Concierge, our "done-for-you" service, you won't have to worry about setting up or managing your account - a member of the CalUp team will do it all for on your behalf! Check out the CalUp Concierge page here to hire CalUp Concierge to keep you wedding day on track so that you and your guests can relax and enjoy the day!

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