18 Factors to Consider For a Sustainable Destination Wedding

With sustainability being such a big topic of conversation, its a good time to consider how you can make your destination wedding that extra bit more environmentally friendly.

There are so many factor couples can put into place to reduce their environmental and social impact, ensuring a more sustainable wedding, and it can be as simple as opting for local seasonal florals or opting for digital invites.

Read through these 18 sustainability factors and consider implementing them for your destination wedding!

Choose a Sustainable Location

Opt for a destination that aligns with your sustainability goals. Look for venues and locations that have eco-friendly practices and certifications.

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Local Sourcing

Source as much as possible locally, including food, flowers, and decorations. This reduces the carbon footprint associated with transportation.

Eco-Friendly Venue

Select a venue that follows sustainable practices, such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, and water conservation.

Guest Accommodations

Consider the sustainability of accommodations for your guests. Encourage them to stay in eco-friendly hotels or vacation rentals if available.


Encourage guests to carpool or use public transportation to reduce emissions. If possible, arrange transportation from the accommodation to the wedding venue.

Invitations and Communication

Use digital invitations and communication methods to reduce paper waste. If you must use paper, choose recycled or sustainably sourced materials.

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Zero-Waste Goal

Aim for a zero-waste wedding by using reusable or compostable dinnerware, utensils, and decorations. Provide recycling and composting bins for waste disposal.

Sustainable Decorations

Choose decorations that are reusable, recyclable, or made from sustainable materials. Avoid single-use plastic decorations.

Flowers and Bouquets

Opt for locally grown, seasonal flowers. Consider potted plants or succulents as centerpieces that guests can take home.

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Select a caterer that focuses on sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. Avoid overordering to reduce food waste.

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Reduce Energy Usage

Use energy-efficient lighting and consider using natural light for daytime events. Encourage guests to turn off lights and appliances when not in use.

Charitable Donations

Instead of traditional wedding favors, make a donation to a sustainable or environmental charity on behalf of your guests.

Wedding Attire

Choose eco-friendly and ethical wedding attire, such as dresses and suits made from sustainable materials. Consider renting attire instead of buying.

Carbon Offsetting

Calculate the carbon emissions of your wedding and consider offsetting them by investing in carbon reduction projects.

Waste Management

Have a plan for responsible waste disposal and recycling. Ensure that decorations and materials are properly disposed of or reused.

Local Community Involvement

Engage with the local community in a positive way. Support local artisans and businesses, and be respectful of local customs and traditions.

Guest Education

Inform your guests about your sustainability efforts and encourage them to participate in reducing their impact during the event.

Minimize Plastic

Avoid single-use plastics such as straws, water bottles, and utensils. Provide reusable or paper alternatives instead.

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By considering these sustainability factors, couples can create a beautiful destination wedding that minimizes its environmental and social footprint, leaving a positive legacy for the environment and local community!

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