Hoping to plan a wedding with a sustainable spin to it? This article is for you.
Words by AMY MICALLEF DECESARE and BETTINA PACE RICCI.

No one likes a trashy party, but the truth is, waste rearsplan a wedding
its ugly head even on the happiest of occasions. With their wedding steadily approaching, couples have a million and one things to do, and often, it seems as
though care for the environment is on the bottom of that list. To rectify this, here are five quick and easy tips to add to your wedding to-do list, which prove that
going green doesn’t equal sacrificing money, time or your sanity.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: BAN YOUR BALLOONS.
I love them, you love them, even baby turtles love them. And that’s exactly where the issue lies. Oftentimes, balloons come loose at weddings, making their way into the sky, sea and anything in between.
Animals often get tangled in their strings or are enticed by their bright and colours, mistaking them for delicious meals. Why not swap them with lanterns, flower hangings or biodegradable decor?
SECONDLY: FORGET SINGLE-USE PLASTIC.
You knew this one was going to make an appearance.
Screw single-use plastic anything, including cutlery,
spoons, stirrers and anything in between. Recycling
plants’ biggest nightmares, these small pieces of
plastic should be completely avoided. If you can, make
use of washable, reusable cutlery and utensils. As for
straws – when did it become uncool to sip that ice-cold
cocktail straight from the glass?
THIRD ON THE LIST: FLIP-FLOPS.
Bear with us here. Have you ever been to a wedding
where guests are handed out flip-flops, to save their
feet from days of agony? Well, sadly these rubber
rescuers result in a vast amount of waste, ranging from
their pesky individual wrappers, to their completely
un-recyclable material. Why not remind your guests to
slip a pair of flats into their bags, instead? Thus saving
the planet (as well as their outfits).
FOURTH: WHEN IN DOUBT, EAT!
For many of us, wedding food is the thing we look
forward to most. From the buffet table, to those tiny
bite-size desserts (how many bite-sized desserts
equal one whole one, we wonder?) we love to indulge.
Herein lies a large part of the problem. The sheer
abundance of leftovers is what makes weddings such
waste-mongers. Make a conscious decision to not only
be more realistic in terms of quantity, but go veggie
and cutlery-free. Also, if it’s safe to do so, why not take
all those mini quiches to an orphanage or an institution
in need?
FINALLY, THE ECO-FRIENDLY EXIT.
The days of plastic confetti are long gone, or at least
they should be. Let’s be realistic. If they’re light
enough to be thrown at the bride, they’re definitely
light enough to be carried by the wind… all the way into
the sea. If it’s not sea-friendly, why not replace it with
something that is, like flower petals or biodegradable
cutouts?
We’ve just skimmed the surface here, but there are
hundreds of other things you can do to make your day
a little greener, and your conscience a little happier.
Think about electronic save-the-dates, recycled paper
invitations, local flowers, in-season food. The options
are endless and with so much love in the air on your
special day, why not save some of that love for the
Earth, too?

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