Photo credit – Bill Baillie Photography

No matter how beautiful your venue is, you might want some decor to set the backdrop for your ceremony and reception. The most commonly used elements (besides flowers) are signs, centrepieces, mirrors, picture frames, and candles. Some venues might provide some of these as part of a package, ensuring they are reused and recycled, in-keeping with earth-friendly best practices. 

By using products made from upcycled, recycled, natural and renewable resources, you create less waste, and by avoiding petroleum-based and toxic chemicals you can contribute to a healthier planet. 

Photo credit – Bear & Butterfly Photography

Consider using items that you already have at home or source from friends and family nearby. For example, get creative with empty jam and mason jars; think of items that can be easily reused, repurposed, regifted or recycled. Paper, fabric and knitted bunting is another great way to add colour and festivity to the occasion, and it can be enjoyed again and again. Knicker bunting anyone? 

Keep in mind that while DIY projects can be incredibly fun and creative, sometimes they are more wasteful (and costly) than alternative options. Think edible, reusable, or plantable. 

You can of course hire or rent items that you can return after use. When all is said and done, try to find a home for every piece of decor afterwards. If you don’t think you’ll re-use it again yourself, donate it or sell it on. 

If you have a local Freegle group, that’s a great way to rehome things you don’t need anymore.