How To Plan An Eco-Friendly Wedding – Tips From Alden

Last month I partied with the family at their launch event by participating on a panel sharing best practices for going zero-waste for weddings and events. At the event, I met the mover-shaker, ethical fashion journalist/blogger Alden Wicker and she graciously gave me permission to share about her kick-ass wedding that highlighted local artists and whose decorations continue to give back. Check out her blog post for inspo and ideas on how to plan an eco-friendly wedding that’s super authentic!

Here’s a quick recap of her tips + drool-worthy photos from her and bae’s big day! 

Know Your Wedding Goals

To plan an eco-friendly wedding, a great first step is to get clear on your goals and expectations. Alden explains her and her husband’s desire to be as sustainable as possible, design the theme together incorporating their heritage and background, and know ahead of time the vision they had. From there, the couple went about choosing eco-friendly vendors and curating a sustainable wedding that was truly authentic.

Alden's wedding featured eco-friendly wedding invitations with custom geometric shapes.

Choose Sustainable Vendors

From low-waste organic flowers to reusable favors and sustainable invitations, Alden shares her tips for how to design an eco-friendly wedding using rustic decorations that were also reusable. In fact, not one item of d├ęcor was thrown away! #goals!

The food was all local and organic, farm-to-table and allergy-friendly. The next morning, a hired local compost company took care of all the catering. From top to bottom, everything was sustainable and eco-friendly, including the fashion and makeup, of course!

Wear Sustainable Fashion and Non-Toxic Makeup

Look at Alden’s gorgeous dress! Not only was it custom-made from hemp and silk, but it was made by a Venezuelan designer, a nod to her husband’s home country. Etsy and Reformation answered the call for sustainable bridal attire and accessories. Alden even ensured that her makeup was non-toxic, and hired a local artist.

Sustainable bride Alden poses with her bridesmaids, who wore sustainable bridesmaid dresses from Reformation.

Ready to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding?

Alden and her husband Illich created an inspiring sustainable and personalized wedding that incorporated elements of their vibrant heritage and unique love story. Feeling inspired to plan an eco-friendly wedding? Then head to the original post for all the deets, straight from Alden herself.

Don’t forget to grab your Ethical Wedding Starter Guide and peruse the blog for all the eco-friendly wedding planning tips!

Alden and her husband pose outside in Brooklyn Nyc. Alden Wicker shares her tips for how to plan an eco-friendly wedding.

Photos by CLY by Matthew. 

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