Another way to cut down on paper at your ceremony and reception, Duncan says, is to replace programs and menus with signs. A large sign, which can be made using re-purposed materials, can do the trick to inform guests of the order of events or the menu when strategically placed.
It’s actually easy to incorporate many re-purposed items into your ceremony, both Duncan and Murdaugh say. “Our area is home to several amazing rental companies that carry both vintage and modern pieces to suit a variety of styles,” Duncan says. Couples can find chairs, rugs, votives, candles and miscellaneous furniture for their ceremony by sourcing them through local rental shops.
Murdaugh recommends brides take a look at Facebook Marketplace for smaller things like place settings. She says flatware and glassware can be easy to find, buy for cheap, and resell on Facebook Marketplace. Murdaugh also recommends brides ask their venues whether they have any decorations left over from previous ceremonies—you never know what you might find.
The easiest and least disruptive way to turn your wedding green is simple: recycle. Murdaugh urges her clients to find vendors, especially venues and caterers, that can provide recycling and composting options along with their service. That way, the clients themselves don’t have to do the heavy lifting to get the benefit of recycling at their reception or ceremony. With a little planning ahead of time, recycling can be easy and productive for everyone in attendance.