Planning a wedding is one of the most fun and most cherished experiences of a couple's life. But it can also be the most wasteful! From paper goods being thrown out to flowers being tossed at the end of the night, to a gown that you spend thousands on but only wear once, there are so many elements that are used just one time. As you plan your perfect Savannah wedding, you might be wondering how to plan the most sustainable event! At Share The Lovely, we value sustainable events and are here to share the best ways to create a beautiful - and sustainable - wedding in Savannah!
Locally Sourced Flowers
Flowers are such a beautiful part of your wedding day! If you are looking for real flowers, ask your Savannah florist to source local flowers to limit transportation. Also, select flowers in season so that they can be sourced from a local grower instead of being flown or shipped in from another country. To extend the life of your flowers, you can donate them to the local Hospice center in Savannah to bring some cheer to others!
You can also limit the flowers by having smaller bridesmaid bouquets that are just local greenery and focus on your bouquet as the highlight. Another option is to opt-out of floral centerpieces and add candles or eco-friendly wooden decor instead. You could also rent items like lanterns from local rental companies. Savannah Vintage Rentals is a local company that has gorgeous refurbished furniture, rentals, and decor!
Farm To Table Catering
Savannah is known for its delicious cuisine, so make sure to show that off at your Savannah wedding! We love Cha Bella, who creates dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. They also have a gorgeous restaurant downtown that has farm-to-table dishes, and makes the perfect rehearsal dinner or intimate wedding venue!
Erica Davis Catering serves the Lowcountry and specializes in using fresh local ingredients that showcase the incredible food our area offers. And lastly, Thrive Catering is Savannah's first and only Green Certified Caterer. That means they emphasize eco-friendly business practices and focus on organic and local ingredients.
Diversity Positive Officiant
When looking for an officiant, look at those who are advocates of marriage equality, and support LGBTQ+ couples. Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements celebrate love for everyone and have multiple services available. From intimate elopements to larger weddings, Tracy and her team can do it all! They offer customized vows and make sure each couple feels comfortable and excited.
Locally Made Wedding Favors
Savannah is home to so many incredible artists, vendors, and gifts, so make sure to include locally made items in your wedding. Savannah Gift Boxes create beautiful boxes right here in Savannah, including lots of locally made items. One of our favorite local companies is Savannah Bee Company! Founded back in 1999, they have grown to become one of the premier honey companies in Savannah and around the country. Another local favorite is Byrd's Cookies! Their delicious bite-sized cookies come in so many flavors and are the perfect treat for guests.
Pre-Owned and New Overstock Wedding Gowns from Share The Lovely
One of the biggest purchases for a wedding day is the gown, but this can be a sustainable purchase you feel good about. At Share The Lovely, we help offset the bridal world's environmental cost and give you a gorgeous gown at a huge discount. The fashion industry and bridal gown industry can be a high waste. Dresses are often made with man-made materials that can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade! So when you purchase a pre-owned gown, you are preventing the gown from going to a landfill.
We also provide overstock bridal gown samples. These are gowns that come right from the designer or the bridal boutique, so they are in incredible condition, many have never been worn!
But one of the best parts of our gowns is that you can try them on in person! You can shop on our website and have the gown shipped to Camellia Bridal Boutique, right here in Savannah. Nicki works with her brides to help them find the perfect gown and help you try on your Share The Lovely gown right inside her shop.
Sustainable Wedding Vendors in Savannah
With so many sustainable options, from decor to your gown, planning a wedding in Savannah can be a breeze! At Share The Lovely, our promise is to deliver a fully sustainable and circular solution for women to create authentic, inspiring, and unique weddings without taxing their budget or the environment. Take a look at our incredible selection of new samples and pre-loved gowns at a great discount, and try them on at Camellia Bridal Boutique!