24 Dec Plan an Eco-Luxe Engagement Party
For many, there’s no better way to celebrate an engagement than to gather with family and friends. Unfortunately, such celebrations tend to create a perfect storm of disposable paper and plastic waste. Now, throw an eco-luxe engagement party with all of the upscale panache (and none of the extra trash). Here are 5 easy ways to do it:
Start with the Invite
These days, technology makes it easy to replace paper invites with a digital alternative. Apps like Evite or Hobnob offer a wide range of text and email invite options. You can also do things the old fashioned way and ask your guests personally, either face-to-face or over the phone.
Whether it’s party favors or decorations, consider buying from local vendors. Even better, consider searching for vendors who prioritize sustainability. Don’t forget: chic decor can always feature elements from nature, like leaves, branches, or natural beeswax candles. These are a great way to pay homage to the season, spend less, and lessen your environmental impact.
Tangible gifts often incorporate a lot of wrapping paper, ribbon, and other waste. Instead, ask for unwrapped gifts. You can also forgo gifts altogether in favor of donations to your favorite charity or a vacation planning service. What a great way to kick-start your honeymoon savings! (Looking to plan an eco-friendly trip? Green Maya Tulum Eco-Excursions is our top pick).
Down with Disposables
This is probably the easiest eco-switch you can make and one of the best ways to create a high-vibe feel. Simply replace all paper napkins and plastic cups, cutlery, and plates with a reusable version. Too many guests to use or borrow your own? No sweat. A party rental company can help with that.
Birds of a Feather Ride Together
It’s easy to focus on the things we can see, like reducing paper and plastic waste. However, many forget to consider the hidden costs of party planning. Asking guests to ride together helps cut down on harmful carbon emissions and (added bonus) keeps parking at a minimum.
When it comes to planning an eco-luxe engagement party, the key is to get creative. Start with these 5 tips and challenge yourself to go the extra mile. For additional ideas to jump-start your thinking, visit these posts on TownAndCountryMag.com or RonAndLisa.com. Find tips for hosting a seasonal engagement party and choosing eco-friendly favors on our blog.