Eco-Friendly DIY Wedding Accessories for an Earth-Conscious Celebration
For environmentally-minded couples, keeping nuptials green is a priority. Handmaking natural decor and accessories allows you to implement sustainability through recycled materials and ethical practices.
This guide will explore eco-friendly DIY ideas that reduce waste for everything from invites to wearables to decor. Follow along to learn how you can avoid harmful vendor practices, support artisans doing good, and source through surplus – all while upholding style. Get ready to feel peace at the altar knowing your eco-conscious choices make a meaningful difference!
Planning an Eco-Friendly Wedding Theme
First, tips for organizing a sustainably-minded wedding:
Low Impact Venue
Prioritize open outdoor settings, historic buildings, and zero-waste vendors requiring minimal additional decor transforming spaces.
Energy Efficient Rentals
Select LED lighting, cloth napkins/tablecloths, energy star rated appliances, and furniture from rental companies focused on reusing over disposables.
Sourcing locally, donating unused food, composting waste, and eliminating plastics and excess packaging are caterer priorities.
From thrifted outfits to sustainable fabrics like linen, hemp, organic cotton, and TencelTM, attire makes a major eco impact.
Provide guests reusable water bottles or pitchers over bottled water to avoid senseless plastic waste.
Invest in accredited carbon offsets equal to the footprint caused by necessary event-related travel and energy usages.
Sustainable Materials for DIY
Eco-consciously source materials for handmade details:
Thrift Store Fabrics
Comb second-hand stores for discarded fabric yardage, linens, clothes, and accessories ripe for upcycling into decor elements.
Yard Sale Curiosities
Rescue antique doorknobs, silverware, teacups, candelabras and other items from yard sales to transform into unique wedding accents.
Repurpose cherished heirloom lace, beads, jewelry and other family keepsakes already in circulation rather than buying new.
Ensure wood comes from responsible forestry stewards like suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Choose plant-based materials like jute, seagrass, cotton, silk, bamboo etc. versus synthetic plastics. Linen is especially durable.
For leather details, use small remnants upcycled from seatbelts, jacket cuffs, handbag offcuts etc. versus newly tanned.
Recycled DIY Wedding Projects
Repurposed Place Cards
Print names on old book pages, sheet music, flash cards, playing cards or vintage postcards for unique recycled escort cards.
Wine Bottle Candle Holders
Upcycle empty transparent wine and beer bottles into dazzling glittered candle luminaries to decorate reception tables.
Vintage Lace Veils
Sew vintage doily lace, handkerchiefs, or tablecloth edges rescued from second-hand stores into a delicate heirloom wedding veil.
Restored Furniture Aisle Décor
Book Page Bouquet Wrap
Use book pages folded into origami flowers or sewn into blooms to elegantly wrap and adorn floral bouquets.
Recycled Glassware Centerpieces
Fill vintage glassware sourced from thrift stores with flower arrangements, candles, or glowing LED lights as table focal points.
Sustainable DIY Embellishments
Create ethical accessories and attire:
Woven Beaded Jewelry
Natural Dyed Fabrics
Seek silk, cotton and linen fabrics colored using low impact natural dyes from sources like plants, minerals, and insects versus synthetic dyeing.
Organic Cotton Lace & Trims
Choose organic cotton laces, ribbons and trims for your dress, suit, ring pillow, and other accessories. Chemical free!
Sew decorative buttons rescued from flea markets onto jackets, veils, gowns and ring pillows to personalize sustainably.
Wood Burned Details
Add gorgeous pyrographic art to projects using reclaimed wood from building demolition, thrift store furniture, tree trimmings etc.
Eco-Friendly Print Invites
Select ethical paper and printing for invites:
Choose paper containing at least 30% post-consumer recycled material. Many eco printers offer tree-free invitations as well.
Ensure printers use non-toxic vegetable or soy-based inks versus hazardous petroleum-based. Low VOC inks are safer.
Printer Eco Practices
Research printers using renewable energy, donating leftovers, composting waste, and avoiding harsh chemicals in processes.
Have guests RSVP on your wedding website versus mailing back cards to save paper and transport emissions.
Print Only Needed Amount
Order only the invites needed for confirmed guest numbers rather than overprinting extra that could go to waste.
Choose a printer close by to reduce the shipping footprint. Some printers also plant trees to offset paper usage!
Make your eventselections with Mother Earth in mind, and DIYing wedding elements allows you to embed sustainability into every special detail. Celebrate both love and stewardship!