6 Eco-Friendly Wedding Venues

A wedding ceremony set up in a grassy area surrounded by trees.

If you want to reduce waste and go green at your wedding, choosing an eco-friendly venue is one of the most significant ways to do just that. First thing’s first: choose local. Getting married at a destination wedding is one of the easiest ways to chalk up a pretty big carbon footprint. Once you have a distance range in mind, you can focus on finding a venue that’s best suited for your wedding style and theme. And guess what? There are a number to choose from right underneath your nose. Whether it’s a local farm, a botanical garden, or even your very own backyard, here are six eco-friendly wedding venues that you’ll want to check out.

1. A Botanical Garden

A bride and groom walking through a lavender field.

Most major cities have a botanical garden, which is basically an urban oasis—not to mention one gem of a place to host your big day! And since these venues promote and grow plants, it’s likely they have green initiatives in place to help reduce the carbon footprint of its visitors. These grand spaces also typically have the outdoor-indoor space to accommodate many people, which means you don’t have to feel guilty for your long guest list.

2. Your Own Backyard

A wedding reception in a backyard decorated with lights and wood chairs.

Not only is throwing your wedding in your own backyard cost-efficient, but it’s also one of the most eco-friendly wedding venues you can choose. This is mostly because you have the control to make it as green as you want it to be. For starters, you’re instantly reducing your carbon footprint by having it so close to home. You can also manage how much waste you’re creating from your food and decor, how you’re composting and recycling post-wedding, and you can ensure how much energy you’re using by keeping things environmentally-friendly with LED lighting and candlelight.

3. A Local Farm

A bride and groom standing in a field next to sheep at a farm.

There’s nothing more rustic and romantic than a local farm for your special day. Luckily, most farms are also eco-friendly. Look for a working farm with eco-initiatives in place, including organic and homegrown gardening and catering. You’ll also want to ensure they use no pesticides or fertilizers to grow their food. The picturesque trees, rustic barns, and orchards will be beautiful bonus for your wedding day backdrop.

4. A Campground

A wedding ceremony arch in a forest decorated with purple flowers.

Throwing a bohemian or rustic wedding? Then consider hosting your special day at a campground for some gorgeous glamping. Not only are you saving on electricity and heating, but it will help if the campground uses wind turbine or solar energy to help power the campground’s offices and bathrooms. If the campground has a swimming pool, look for one that uses a passive solar heater. Campgrounds that use LED lights throughout the space and have accessible recycling and composting containers with strict no-waste rules are also good signs that they’re eco-friendly.

5. A Conservatory or Greenhouse

A bride and groom in a tropical greenhouse.

If you’re looking for a touch of luxury and exotic to add to your wedding venue and reception, then getting hitched at a greenhouse or a nearby conservatory is a great “green” space—literally. It’s important to remember, however, that not all greenhouses are energy-efficient, so be sure to look for those that have been constructed with energy-efficient building materials and water. You’ll also want to ensure they don’t use any chemicals or pesticides to maintain the plants. Solar energy is another key thing to keep in mind, too.

6. A Sustainable Brewery or Restaurant

A bride and groom standing in front of a rustic barn.

If an intimate space is more your style, don’t count out a brewery or restaurant as your wedding venue. When it comes to selecting one as an eco-friendly spot, you want to make sure the venue is committed to using clean, renewable energy to keep it up and running, and is using energy-efficient equipment and lighting. You’ll also want to ask if they have a recycling and composting program, which will help alleviate a lot of waste that your wedding will ultimately make.

By keeping these eco-friendly wedding venues in mind, you can have both a wonderful wedding while protecting the planet at the same time.

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