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Compostable plates for wedding + Eco-friendly place setting ideas


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Weddings are an exciting time for everyone involved. From the engagement to the big day, time is often spent building up the excitement, celebrating, organizing, and planning. It can often feel like there are a million different things to think about! In the midst of all that, it might be easy to forget about your sustainable goals and put your desires to reduce your impact on the environment on the side.

But easy swaps like choosing compostable plates for your wedding can already make a difference. Here’s why and how!

It’s important to pay attention to your waste on your wedding day as it is estimated that the average wedding produces 400 lbs of trash and 63 tons of CO2.

We’re here to help you make your dream wedding happen while still reducing your waste. Whether you just want your wedding to be a little more eco-aware, or you’re planning a fully green wedding, either way, considering compostable plates and dinnerware as part of your celebrations is a great step!

Your wedding day is one that will be remembered for the rest of your life, and creating a beautiful day that not only brings a smile to your face but also honors the planet, is one we fully advocate for!

Here we will share a little more about what compostable plates are, how you can incorporate them into your day, and some beautiful place setting inspirations

What are compostable plates for weddings?

We don’t always think about which dinner plates for weddings are best.

Compostable plates and tableware are exactly what it says on the tin - tableware that you can pop in your compost after use. It’s the perfect choice for anyone wanting to be more sustainable on their wedding day.

Our fully compostable dinner plates, dinnerware, and utensils range are non-toxic, affordable, and extremely stylish. Made from naturally fallen palm leaves, each plate has a story to tell!

From the collecting of palm leaves to manufacturing to composting, our products help to serve the planet in a friendly and nourishing way. Opting for compostable tableware, over single-use plastic, means that you are not contributing to the rising waste levels that are out of control.

After the celebration, you can place every item in the compost, and it will break down in around 45 days to turn into nutrient-dense fertilizer for your plants to enjoy.

Compostable plates are ideal if you're organizing an outdoor wedding but also if you're working with specific venues. Ask them about their composting options.

From appetizers to desserts, or even during your bachelor or bachelorette party, choosing compostable palm leaf plates can help reduce your environmental impact during this magical yet too often wasteful day.

To learn more about the benefits of compostable tableware click here

Why compostable plates for weddings over china plates?

Depending on your caterer, opting for china plates can increase the workload, especially if you have a large guest list. You’ll need to ensure plates are washed, handled carefully, and they can increase the cost of your wedding celebrations. You’re essentially renting your dinnerware.

✅Compostable plates create a totally stress-free environment

They don’t smash when accidentally stopped

They are equally as sturdy as china plates

They do not need washing after use.

You get all the useful benefits of disposable plates with the added bonus of helping the environment. Plus they look great and blend in well with any place setting idea.

Eco-friendy place setting ideas

Once you’ve decided on your venue and made decisions on your ceremony details, it’s all about your reception. If you’re planning to host a dinner, whether it's a sit-down dinner or more buffet style, chances are, a beautiful tablescape is a must-have on your list. Everything from stunning centerpieces to eye-catching table runners can enhance the look of your wedding day dinner table. But there’s one other crucial piece that will complete the look: place settings.

You can customize your table place settings to perfectly match your wedding style, whether you’re opting to keep things simple and fresh, going for a glam look, channeling more of a boho vibe, or any other aesthetic.

And yes, while perfecting your place settings you can also reduce your waste! And you can do all that using compostable palm leaf compostable dinner plates, too! They will beautifully merge in with your wedding aesthetic, no matter your style!

Looking for some inspiration that will also be sustainable? Keep reading as we share our top eco-friendly place setting ideas with you.

Wildflowers - bring your table to life

Wildflowers are one of the simplest and most beautiful ways to dress up a place setting. The attraction of wildflowers, especially during the summer months, is one that your guests will always remember. Beautifully simple, colorful, and charming they add a fresh and beautiful feel to your table.

Maybe you create wildflower centerpieces for each table using recycled bottles, weaving the flowers into each place setting. Think bold blues, eye-catching yellows, soft pinks, or charming whites.

Take time to research what flowers are in bloom in your local area and you’ll be surprised at what beauty you have access to!

To really bring your wildflower theme to life, why not gift each guest a bag of wildflower seeds! Wildflowers help to serve local wildlife and they look beautiful when in bloom. Another idea that we love? Create mini wildflower bouquets or flower crowns for your guests to arrive at when they sit down.

This is our top idea for anyone wishing to go fully ‘green’ on their wedding day. The combination of local wildflowers and compostable dinner plates makes you an eco champion in our eyes!

Opt for more of a rustic look

If you’re opting for more of a rustic-themed wedding, you’ll probably want to keep your place settings simple.

Compostable dinner plates works very well with this theme, with its ‘woody’ appearance you can really create a ‘back to nature’ feel for your place settings.

Why not pair your compostable plates with warm neutral colored flowers or candles placed in wooden holders. To tie it all together, consider complementing your tableware with upcycled frayed napkins and a few sprigs of wood.

Embrace more earthy tones

If you’re planning on having more of a ‘boho’ themed wedding day, choose deep, rich earthy tones for your special day. Complement your compostable dinner plates with a simple deep purple or dusty pink charger with a matching napkin and a sprig of dried grasses or flowers such as babies' breath.

Remember there's elegance in simplicity.

Go with your favorite color

Are you a lover of bold color? Why not bring your place settings to life with bold pinks, peaches, reds, and greens for a tropical style. Tropical colors are sure to add to the celebratory feel of your day.

You can also decide to pick your favorite color and add natural elements to compliment it. This natural decor option using fresh lemons is a style we love using our compostable wedding plates.

Decor from Green Wedding Guild. Photographer: Copper Key Photo

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Our place setting checklist

Decided on your theme? Here is our wedding day essentials checklist to ensure you have all the items you need for your dinner table.

  • Tableware for appetizers, dinner and desserts
  • Cutlery
  • Centerpieces
  • Napkins
  • Glasses
  • Name cards
  • Table numbers

No matter your theme, being mindful of the resources you are using is always vital when creating a sustainable wedding celebration. Everything comes back to intention, how do you want to feel on your big day? What memories do you want your guests to leave with? Compostable tableware offers you the potential for a guilt-free table spread that everyone will love and remember for years to come.

Want to learn more about how to organize a low-waste wedding? We’ve interviewed Green wedding guilds’ founders. Read more now.

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