ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Saving Money Tips - Green Weddings

Updated on August 21, 2019

Easiest way to save money and have a green wedding: Elope!

The number one way to save money: elope! While this may be the most practical way to save money on a wedding, many people do choose to have some sort of ceremony and celebration.

By eloping, you can save money and have a green wedding by:

  1. Using a local venue: the court house is likely located nearby, saving time and money for gas and parking.
  2. Keeping the guest list small: two witnesses are all you need, and you can likely enlist people already at the court house to serve as witnesses.
  3. Supporting local businesses: while you may not need invitations, flowers, programs, or new clothing, you may want to celebrate with a meal following the event at one of your favorite local restaurants.
  4. Recycling jewelry: you can purchase wedding bands second hand or wear family heirlooms that have been passed down.

How to save money by throwing a green wedding

If eloping isn't really an option or preference, there are many ways to save money and stay green. Typically, one thinks that going green costs more money. In the case of planning a wedding, it can actually save you money.

Following are some ways to save money while planning your wedding ceremony and/or celebration. The more of these tips you apply, the more green your wedding will be.

  1. Choose a nearby location (both to you and your guests). Lower your carbon footprint and travel costs by choosing a venue that is closest in proximity to you and the majority of your guests. If you have the ceremony and reception at the same location, then you also save on travel costs (gasoline, hired cars) between the two events. And many venues already have tables and chairs, on-site catering, etc.
  2. Use local vendors. This applies to catering, table/chair rental, flowers, decorations, hair/make-up, music, and event planning. If your vendors don't have to travel far, they may pass along part of their savings to you. For decorations, consider items you already own and/or are free/easy to gather (fallen leaves, pebbles from a nearby stream).
  3. Stay seasonal. Use flowers that are readily available and do not have to travel hundreds of miles. If your wedding and ceremony are at the same venue, you can use the same flower arrangements for both events. When planning your menu, consider seasonal ingredients that also do not have to travel far to reach the event. By lowering your vendor's costs, this may lead to savings for your wedding.
  4. Green catering. China, stemware, and silverware that are washed and reused are great options. For those using disposable items, plates made from pressed leaves, bamboo utensils, and paper straws are a few ways to keep your wedding meal green. And providing an edible party favor, such as a few macarons, is another way to keep your wedding green.
  5. Recycle: attire. Wear a family member or friend's wedding dress or buy a gently-used one from a consignment shop. This can apply to bridesmaid's dresses as well, else, let the bridesmaids where dresses they already own and/or would wear again.
  6. Recycle: jewelry. For the engagement ring and/or wedding bands, use a family heirloom or purchase gently-used ones. Given the economy, many people are selling their wedding jewelry on sites such as Craiglist and eBay, and you can often purchase engagement rings and wedding bands at a fraction of the original price. If you want a new ring with a diamond, consider purchasing conflict-free diamonds and/or ones that were mined in sustainable ways.
  7. Recycle: invitations. Have you been saving all of those holiday cards for years without knowing why? Now you can use them to create your own wedding invitations. You can purchase lots of vintage cards at flea markets or online (again, Craigslist or eBay). If you want new cards, consider using recycled paper and soy-based inks. Else, go really green and paperless and just out electronic invitations.
  8. Recycle: planner. No need to purchase a fancy wedding planner. Scope one out at a book store for ideas and then create your own with a binder and tabs. To go green and paperless, create an online planner.
  9. Honeymoon. Consider staying local, else to save money, use airline miles, hotel reward points, or find cheap vacation packages online (through Orbitz, Kayak, Expedia, Travelocity).

For more green wedding and money saving tips, please see links below.

Defray Wedding Costs

To help save even more money, you can ask others to help defray part of the costs of your green wedding. Customized registry sites allow you to personalize your requests and receive cash. Attendees (and non-attendees) can sign up to purchase some of the flowers, pay for some of the decorations, pay for wedding gown cleaning/storage (even cheaper: donate or sell the wedding dress after the wedding), honeymoon travel or lodging, etc.

Please see links below to MyRegistry and Zola, which allow your wedding guests to purchase items off your customized registries.

Green Bride Guide

The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget
The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget
A beautiful and sustainable wedding for the environmentally conscious couple! For an original and actionable guide to creating your dream green wedding, The Green Bride Guide has everything eco-conscious couples need to make their big day a wonderful, and eco-friendly, celebration. Emphasizing elegance and individual taste on every budget, this has the essential environmental tips that cover all aspects of the big day and beyond because every choice, at every stage of wedding planning, can make a difference.

Green weddings

Green Weddings
Green Weddings | Source

Copyright 2011, 2018, 2019. All rights reserved.

© 2011 Delia Egan Schaffner


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)