Save Energy During Wedding Season

Summer is the most popular time for weddings. The days are long and kids are on vacation, making it the perfect time to celebrate. Attending weddings as a guest is much more affordable than planning them, especially when the average cost of a wedding in the United States is $29,858. Making a few eco-friendly changes can help you save resources and money this season. Whether you’re attending a wedding or planning your own, here are some tips to stay green this summer.

If you’re attending weddings this summer…

  • Wear your outfits more than once. Unless the same crowd is going to be at each wedding, no one will notice if you wear the same outfit twice. Everyone is going to be focused on the bride, not what you’re wearing.
  • Carpool to the venue. Showing up alone to an event is no fun. Tag along with other friends and family members who are going so you can all take one car.
  • Bring the gift. You can order gifts from wedding registries online and have them shipped to the bride and groom, but think twice before you do.  You can save the cost of shipping and the fuel it takes to ship a package if you bring the gift with you to the wedding.
  • Trim the guest list. If you haven’t talked to your college roommate since graduation, you probably won’t miss having her at your wedding. Only invite the people you and your fiancé are close with to save time, energy and money.
  • Keep it local. Save your guests the headache of traveling to a destination wedding. Planning a local wedding saves a lot of fuel, and the planning process is much easier when you can visit each location during the months before the wedding.
  • Choose an eco-friendly venue. When you’re comparing venues, look for a place with green options such as recycling services and reusable linens.
  • Skip sending save-the-dates. The extra paper and envelopes aren’t necessary anymore. Send a few to your older relatives who don’t use email, but a digital save-the-date will work for the rest of your guest list. 

If you’re planning a wedding this summer…

  • Trim the guest list. If you haven’t talked to your college roommate since graduation, you probably won’t miss having her at your wedding. Only invite the people you and your fiancé are close with to save time, energy and money.
  • Keep it local. Save your guests the headache of traveling to a destination wedding. Planning a local wedding saves a lot of fuel, and the planning process is much easier when you can visit each location during the months before the wedding.
  • Choose an eco-friendly venue. When you’re comparing venues, look for a place with green options such as recycling services and reusable linens.
  • Skip sending save-the-dates. The extra paper and envelopes aren’t necessary anymore. Send a few to your older relatives who don’t use email, but a digital save-the-date will work for the rest of your guest list.