While the average cost of a wedding in the United States has skyrocketed to nearly $30,000, the financial stability of most newlyweds has destabilized, particularly during the past few years as the economy has struggled. As an alternative, many couples are choosing to take a financially and environmentally responsible approach to planning their weddings. Price, it seems, does not always dictate the quality or elegance of the wedding day. In fact, more weddings are being planned with a smaller ecological footprint in mind.
Recycled paper products are an easy first step towards creating an environmentally friendly event. A wide assortment of invitations, programs, and decorations made out of 100% recycled materials can be found for the same price as many non-recycled alternatives. But recycled materials are common these days. According to RecycleYourWedding.com CEO Rob Bailey, more and more newlyweds are finding it easy and lucrative to recycle other items from their weddings themselves, including the gowns, centerpieces, and other wedding items. “Every bride wants a fairytale wedding,” said Bailey, “but not every bride can afford to spend $30,000 on their wedding. That’s why it’s so important to provide economical alternatives to expensive bridal and retail stores. The bridal community is a tight one, and new brides understand the struggles that future brides face. When they can share their ideas, suggestions, and even products, it gives everyone a chance to enjoy the possibility of a fantasy wedding come true.”
It is important to note that items do not have to be made from recycled materials to be “recycled”. Typically, once the wedding is over, many of the decorations, linens, centerpieces, etc. are often stored in the garage or a spare closet. Those items are typically still in excellent condition and can be re-used in other weddings, which increases the usefulness of these items. It also saves many couples and landfills valuable space. Remember how much the average wedding costs? Recycling your wedding helps defray some of your wedding costs while also saving another couple money on their own wedding.
RecycleYourWedding.com was founded in 2007 to create an online bridal community where new and soon-to-be brides could buy, sell, and trade wedding items at low prices. The site offers a variety of wedding items and services for the wedding community.
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Founders Rob Bailey or Jeff Williams, email Jeff Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.