As a current bride-to-be, I struggled when it came time to make our wedding registry. I wanted to make our registry as sustainable and ethical as possible. At the time, I couldn't find any resources to help guide me. Lucky for you, I am going to share my 5 steps to creating an eco-friendly wedding registry.
Step 1: Determine the kind of life you and your fiance want to live.
Some registries are filled with china cabinets, engraved silver, and fancy linens. If that’s your lifestyle, great! If that’s not your lifestyle, don’t worry you are not alone. Every couple is different and there is no right or wrong way to go about your registry. But, no matter your lifestyle it can be helpful to sit down and have a conversation about what you want and need. For my fiance and I, we were already living together when we got engaged so we already had a lot of the items couples might typically put on their registry. We came to the understanding that we wanted to live in a small, minimalist home where we would live a life below our means and focus our life on experiences rather than things. For our registry, that meant it was necessary to include a couple of nice pots and pans that would last us a lifetime and also include a few airline gift cards to fuel our love for travel.
Step 2: Make a list of stuff before you look at a registry.
There is nothing wrong with using this once in a lifetime opportunity to upgrade the items in your home. I can’t wait to have a complete set of measuring cups where none are missing or damaged. For you, maybe you’re dying to have a dinnerware set that matches instead of plates you’ve had since your college days. Whatever the case, I’m not here to judge. But, it can be helpful to make a list of what you want or need BEFORE even stepping foot in a store or online registry. A lot of waste can come from registering for a bunch of things you never knew you needed but, since someone else is buying, why not? Don’t fall into that trap!!!! Instead, cull your list down to the essentials of what you need or will use again and again.
Step 3: Choose to shop from eco-friendly brands.
One of the easiest ways to ensure your registry is sustainable is to register for items from eco-friendly brands. Luckily, in this day and age finding, eco-friendly brands can be quite easy. If you’re registered with Zola, or even if you’re not, they have a special “Earth Day collection” featuring items from some of the best sustainable brands such as Coyuchi, Mela Artisans, Mpowered, and Full Circle Home. ABC Carpet & Home, Made Trade, and West Elm are some of my favorite stores that offer sustainable home items. If you’re creating a registry in-store, try looking for items that are made through Fairtrade, organically made, locally made, or made with recycled materials.