As people become more mindful of how their decisions impact the greater good, sustainable wedding registries reflect that perspective with more diverse, meaningful, and eco-friendly wedding registry options than the proverbial crystal vase. Call it an awakening, a shift, or an aha moment – a new generation of socially conscious couples are eschewing iconic wedding registry brands instead of embracing diverse growers, makers, and artisans in their local communities.
Explore three socially conscious wedding registry ideas:
“Love grows by giving.” – Elbert Hubbard.
“We are starting a flower and fruit farm,” says the newly-married Sunnybrook Farm owners. This eco-savvy New England couple curated a sustainable wedding registry from local New England nurseries, where they love to shop for seeds and bulbs to plant in their blooming gardens, especially tulips, peonies, and dahlias.
Other couples often select One Tree Planted; a non-profit organization focused on global reforestation. Guests can ‘gift’ trees that will be planted on behalf of the couple.
“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” – Paul Prudhomme.
Who doesn’t love a rich, buttery English-style cheddar or a smooth aged goat’s milk cheese? Foodies opt to support local growers at Boston’s Formaggio Kitchen, where the finest gourmet and specialty items are abundant. Wedding registries include e-gift certificates, a monthly monger gift subscription, themed gourmet bundles from near and far, and unique cheese pairing classes such as “Why so Blue? An Exploration of Blue Cheese,” “Honey & Cheese Pairing,” and “Chocolate, Wine, and Cheese.” These micro classes are perfect for Boston-area newlyweds with refined palettes looking for a fun and delicious evening out.
Gift small-batch items from New England artisans and food producers at The Boston Public Market. The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round marketplace offering fresh foods, crafts, and specialty items – perfect for sustainable wedding gifts. With community support, the Boston Public Market nurtures local entrepreneurs and will definitely nourish the couple’s soul.
Eco-friendly gifts hold the wrapping.
Embrace unique housewares, bespoke décor, and rare art from local artists and artisans. Neighborhood shop owners are happy to curate wedding registries for couples based on their unique styles and personalities. Online, Etsy is well-known for supporting diverse and socially impact-focused boutiques. Explore sustainable furniture, fair trade fashion, and much more from around the globe. The opportunity to gift an original and treasured find is a true joy for wedding registry shoppers!
When you gift with good intentions, newlyweds will cherish your thoughtfulness for years.
Written by: Kori Carter Gillespie is the Director of Brand Marketing @thecateredaffair in Boston, Massachusetts. Kori is a content writer passionate about crafting brand stories for boutique lifestyle brands.