Simple & Sustainable Wedding Ideas

Weddings can easily become very commercialistic and materialistic events. When a bride just wants to simply celebrate, the “all about me wedding culture” can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some simple ways to celebrate a bit more conscientiously.

One of my favorite parts of planning a wedding was visiting a small bridal consignment shop that sold vintage gowns. The owner was a  delight- downright hilarious, actually– and her excitement for each dress’ story was contagious.

After narrowing down my choices, she explained that a seamstress could skillfully alter a dress of my choice to fit me. I eventually found “The Dress” at another shop, but the experience sticks with me. I highly recommend spending a day visiting bridal/consignment shops, if you are shopping for a wedding gown! 
Not only are many vintage pieces incredibly beautiful, there is the sustainability of reusing (instead of disposing of them or purchasing something new)
Etsy also offers vintage bridal finds (for dresses, accessories, and rings). Reusing a family heirloom piece or purchasing vintage jewelry can be a way of choosing simplicity. Ethical Weddings offers a list of vendors for fair trade diamonds, among other choices. 
Whether your dress was new or used, consider checking out Recycled Bride (for purchase or sale). There are also charities that accept wedding dress donations

When sending invitations, consider a postcard for RSVPs or your thank you cards. (You save on postage and paper!) Vistaprint offers some frugal and attractive preprinted recycled paper postcards

This couple created an online photo account for guests to upload their photos, and creatively informed their guests. What a simple idea for sharing photos of your celebration!

In lieu of frivolous wedding favors, this couple eloquently shared their choice to sponsor children through Compassion instead. (I love this idea!) 

I’d love to hear about your wedding! Did you choose simplicity & sustainability? What are your suggestions? 

Visit We are THAT Family for more Works for Me Wednesday ideas.

Photo Credits: Sherry’s Rose Cottage, katclay

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4 comments to Simple & Sustainable Wedding Ideas

  • we did a wedding for about 200 guests for $3000. God was good to us! how we did it:

    1) i borrowed a friends wedding dress

    2) a good friend of mine made all the food (she is just a normal cook, not like a caterer or anything… i made the menu very simple, it was a do-it-yourself nacho bar, she made all the toppings in large quantities, such as salsa, guacamole, grilled chicken, etc)

    3) a friend with a good camera took all the pictures (i edited them all myself on a basic photo-editing program, and scrap booked them myself as well)

    4) wedding and reception at the same site (at our church… which also allowed us to do all of our own food and drinks)

    5) did everything ourselves, with the help of good friends (make invites, flower bouquets, favors [chocolate fortune cookies… mmm!] decorations, etc). many of our flowers were from a friend’s garden. the only thing we hired out was musicians for the ceremony.

    5) kept everything simple! we wanted the focus to be on God, not our fancy wedding :) and we got MANY positive feedback after the wedding, confirming that this was the case. praise Him!


    sarah Reply:

    @sarah, correction… a lot of positive feedback… sorry for not rereading before i posted :)


  • your post got me to thinking more about our wedding & how we did it and advice for others planning a wedding right now… i am doing a series about it and the first two posts are here, if you are interested:

    if my tips are helpful, and you blog more about wedding stuff, feel free to share on your blog any of the tips i gave :)


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