When my husband and I got engaged last year, the sheer thought of planning a traditional American wedding was enough to make me want to elope.
As a self-described environmentalist, minimalist, and overall conscious consumer, I wanted nothing to do with the incessant waste and over-the-top spending that the wedding industry perpetuates.
And I know I'm not alone—the sustainability and ethics behind the "biggest party you'll ever throw" is something that can stress out brides and grooms alike.
While the most sustainable option would be to simply go to your local courthouse, it's understandable that many couples want the experience of a traditional wedding. With that in mind, I'm going to share the process my husband and I went through to incorporate elements of sustainability and plan a wedding that was both conscious and low-impact.