Eco-weddings are one of the top destination wedding trends for 2020. With an increasing focus on the environment and sustainability, many couples are looking for eco-conscious ways to celebrate their love and preserve the beautiful destination they’re getting married in. To help inspire your sustainably chic destination wedding, we’ve come up with a few ways that you can incorporate this trend into your big day, from sustainable wedding décor to green venues and more.
Select an eco-friendly resort
Hosting your tropical celebrations at an eco-friendly resort is the first step to planning your eco-chic wedding. Here are just a few of our favorite eco-resort options
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort is a breathtaking, environmentally-friendly resort where you can exchange your vows on a rustic wooden platform set above a secluded cenote surrounded by sparkling waters and lush greenery.
At Hotel Xcaret Mexico you can get married at within a picturesque cove and host your reception dinner within a series of manmade caves at Las Cuevas restaurant.
Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica offers stunning natural venues such as a pristine beach offering impeccable coastal views and the elegant Royal Palm Tree Terrace nestled within lush gardens and mountains.
Skip the stationary
Opting for electronic save the dates and invitations instead of traditional paper stationery is both eco-conscious and convenient. Not only are e-vites good for the environment, they’re also more convenient for your wedding guests who can easily access your wedding details both at home and in destination. Have your heart set on paper invites? Another green approach is to use recycled materials.
We always recommend bringing some décor from home to personalize your big day. Instead of buying pieces from major retailers, try and source your décor from markets and second-hand stores. This option is both budget and environmentally friendly, plus you may end up scoring some one-of-a-kind wedding decorations.
When it comes to your wedding registry, you can reduce waste and give back to your chosen destination by asking guests to make a donation in lieu of gifts. Choose a cause that is meaningful to you, such as investing in education for the local community or supporting environmental initiatives.
Enhance natural backdrops
Since you’re getting married in paradise, let your location be the decoration! Instead of adding lots of decorative elements that you’ll likely never use again, rely on your destination’s natural beauty to dress up your big day by showcasing natural elements such as ocean views, white-sands, towering palm trees and lush gardens to name a few.
Use locally sourced flowers
Bring your fabulous floral vision to life without causing unnecessary carbon emissions by using locally sourced flowers. Using flowers that are native to your destination is a green alternative to importing flowers that can also add a tropical flair to your wedding décor.
Plant a tree
Add an earth-friendly twist to your unity ceremony by planting a tree together. Unlike other popular unity ceremony options that can create unnecessary waste, planting a tree leaves a positive environmental impact while symbolizing your love for one another. Your Destination Wedding Consultant can help you coordinate tree planting ceremonies with your resort.
Repurpose your décor
Instead of purchasing double the décor, find ways to reuse your ceremony décor at your reception. For example, the gorgeous floral altar from your ceremony would make the perfect backdrop for the sweetheart table at your reception or a fun photo op for your guests to enjoy. You could also reuse your bridesmaids’ bouquets as centerpieces! Using the same décor throughout your various wedding day celebrations is a great way to reduce your overall waste, stretch your budget and stay true to your theme