Top 7 Sustainable Wedding Trends for 2022

Couples Will Be Planning More Eco-Friendly Weddings Than Ever in 2022

As more awareness is brought to the environmental issues that surround the wedding industry, sustainability is a growing priority. Twenty-twenty-two will be a substantial year for making real changes. In this blog, we will explore several 2022 wedding trends to make this possible.

Did you know a single wedding of only 100 guests producing roughly 400-600 lbs. of waste? Consequently, we are excited to share the many ways in which couples are planning stunning and eco-friendly weddings this new year.

The Wilds wedding venue in Indiana is proud to support eco-friendly celebrations and to encourage our couples to use vendors who align with this mission. Following, you will find the top seven trends for hosting weddings are considerate of environment without sacrificing style nor guest experience.

Top 2022 Wedding Trends | The Wilds Venue
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Ultimately, its important to keep these things in mind when wedding planning: 

  • What is the effect of each choice on the environment?
  • How much waste will be produced by your choices?
  • Can I reuse, recycle, repurpose, or resell items after my wedding day?
  • Is there a more eco-friendly alternative for this purchase and/or service?

1. Choose a Wedding Venue with All Inclusive Designer Wedding Decor and Planning Services

The modern farmhouse aesthetic, amazing location and breathtaking property are undeniably alluring. However, The Wilds wedding venue in Indiana is so much more than a space and place. Since day one, we have believed in all inclusive wedding day experiences. This turn key approach is truly reinventing the world of eco-friendly weddings. Eliminating the number of things you need to source and invest in results in reducing your carbon footprint.

We pride ourselves in creating a stress free and all inclusive experience. This rings true from booking all the way through to wedding day. Those looking for a luxury wedding within reach are in the right place! The Wilds wedding venue in Southern Indiana includes everything discerning couples demand. And there are no hidden fees or extra service charges of any kind. We take care of all the service, decor and details. In doing so, you and your families can truly be guests!

Included with every venue rental:

  • Handcrafted Farmhouse Tables and White Cafe Chairs ⁣
  • Accessory Furniture to Fit Custom Wedding Day Design Ideas⁣
  • Designer Decor Options to Cover Every Table and Space⁣ (See
  • Complete Floor Plan Design, Decorating, and Set-Up⁣
  • Detailed Wedding Planning Tools and Resources⁣
  • Professional Planning Advice and Assistance⁣
  • Private Events Exclusively for Booked Couples⁣
  • Dedicated On-Site Wedding Day Coordinator ⁣
  • Venue Management Team⁣
  • Complete Tear Down and Post Event Cleaning⁣ ⁣
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Courtney Sinclair Photography
Courtney Sinclair Photography
Courtney Sinclair Photography
Christa Hitchcock Photography
Jordan Leffel Photography
Christa Hitchcock Photography

2022 wedding trends have couples gravitating towards wedding venues that can do it all with a luxurious finish. At The Wilds, we take care of every need under one roof and stand by our couples through every step of the wedding planning process. From beginning to end, your entire experience will be turn key and stress free at this sought after Southern Indiana wedding venue.

This wedding venue is proof that rural is not synonymous with rustic. That impeccable client service and all inclusive, luxury amenities can exist in the privacy of the country. We invite you to take in our full list of inclusions and to brows the extensive free decor options. Then, take a sigh of relief. Your dream wedding awaits at The Wilds!⁣

2. Host Your Wedding Ceremony & Reception in the Same Venue Location

Hosting your ceremony and wedding reception at the same venue is a great way to reduce driving-related emissions. Thankfully, this 2022 wedding trend is possible to achieve year round at The Wilds wedding venue!

Indoors, you’ll find all of the comforting elements we love about barn wedding venues, such exposed timber beams and soaring ceilings. However, it takes on a more elegant, modern farmhouse feel. The venue has a comfortable yet sophisticated and high end design. Also, couples can opt to host wedding ceremonies indoors in front of the grand fireplace or outdoors for a breathtaking woodland feel.

Next, we move to the outdoor spaces. The Wilds covered outdoor wedding ceremony pavilion means that neither hot sun nor rain will stand in the way of your vision. ⁣ Imagine exchanging vows under the hand-crafted wood pergola while your guests take in the sweeping forest views and sunset over the Hills of Brown County. ⁣

Furthermore, there is no need to jump to a decision on your ceremony location until wedding day. The Wilds team is always ready to quickly transition your ceremony location. Also, you will have private use of the entire venue, ceremony pavilion and grounds for the entire duration of your day. And of course, there is no such thing as a ceremony fee at The Wilds!

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Courtney Sinclair Photography
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Jordan Leffel Photography
Jordan Leffel Photography
Jordan Leffel Photography

3. Hire Wedding Day Vendors That Align with Your Sustainability Goals

Now, let’s explore wedding catering and bar service 2022 wedding trends. This is another area seeing a progressive and sustainable shift in wedding trends in the new year. The focus on conscious eating, entertaining, decorating and gifting continues to rise. And needless to say, The Wilds is here for it! 

As more awareness is brought to the environmental issues that surround plastic, sustainability is a growing concern with couples. Not only does The Wilds wedding venue support a recycling program, but it also offer real glassware at its bar and requires its caterers provide options for real plates, silverware and cloth napkins. We value the elegant atmosphere which these elements provide. Though, equally as important, the elimination of a large sources of waste.

The Wilds Exclusive Catering and Bar Options

The Wilds is proud to work exclusively with Upland Brewing Company for beer, wine or spirit beverage needs and your choice of one of our several professional caterers. Having exclusive, dedicated service providers allows The Wilds to ensure quality and service standards align with that of The Wilds wedding venue. You can find additional information on our exclusive catering and bar services by reaching out to us. We are confident you’ll find each provide an incredibly wide selection of options and price points to please the most discerning clients. All other vendors (DJ, florist, photographer, bakery, etc.) are completely up to you. Though, we are happy to provide custom curated vendor recommendations for your wedding planning convenience.

Finally, there are the delicious consumable choices! Sourcing locally is also an accessible luxury for our couples. The Wilds’ exclusive caterers often source locally grown produce and goods. And, our guests relish in the option of stocking the bar with local favorite craft beers and Indiana wines. With high-quality local delights, your guests can experience the best of the Bloomington, Indiana region.

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Top 2022 Wedding Trends | The Wilds Venue
Courtney Sinclair Photography
Top 2022 Wedding Trends | The Wilds Venue
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Christa Hitchcock Photography
Sharin Shank Photography
Sharin Shank Photography

4. Use Wedding Guest Favors that Your Planet & Your People Love

Moreover, it will become increasingly important for couples to extend sustainability efforts to wedding favors for guests in 2022. A focus on sending guests home with a useful, reusable, living or consumable treat, such as those listed below, instead of a cheap trinket is paving the way. For instance,

  • Wine glasses etched with the wedding date
  • Koozies to be used on wedding night and thereafter
  • Specialty olive oil
  • Local honey in jars
  • Homemade spice mixes and rubs
  • Mini potted succulents
  • Place cards made from seed paper that can later be planted
  • Snacks to go, such as cookies, donut holes, popcorn or pints of ice cream
Courtney Sinclair Photography
Courtney Sinclair Photography
Top 2022 Wedding Trends | The Wilds Venue
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The Axtells
The Axtells
Christa Hitchcock Photography

Florals have long been an area of the wedding industry plagued by waste. But, stunning solutions are changing that pattern. Reusable décor can help your wedding be waste-free, while natural and sustainable wedding flowers can keep things even more ecologically responsible. Ready to go green? See what we did there?

More and more, couples are working with florists who utilize local growers or grow their own flowers. Also, couples are gravitating towards seasonal floral choices. In turn, carbon footprints are reduced as nationwide deliveries are minimized. Not only does local flower sourcing save on budget, but it also ensures that your wedding theme and colors compliment the natural, seasonal beauty.

The Wilds recommended wedding florist, Artful Blooms, is a perfect example of an eco-conscious vendor. They have an extensive and stunning garden that has filled their work for years.

Additionally, greenery continues to be a creative way to decorate beautifully while focusing floral installations into key focal points. Ceremony and sweetheart tables in particular are key large installation points, and our couples find that they can invest in stunning quality versus quantity with incredible results. When paired with The Wilds designer free decor, budget can go even further! Besides, when a venue is beautiful on its own, it requires less be added to turn it into your dream vision.

Last, but not least, consider potted plants that will live long past your wedding day instead of cut flowers. Planted blooms are a win-win!

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One way to ensure your wedding investments don’t go to waste is to purchase items that can be repurposed in your home after the big day. Think signs, card boxes, custom monograms, and more. Each would not only make great additions to your home decor, but also serve as a special reminder of your wedding day.

Undoubtedly, wedding themes are on their way out in favor of aesthetic choices which reflect the couple. This visual storytelling is a great way to reflect the merging of individuals. Couples are telling their stories through custom wedding branding and design,.

A family crest is one of our favorite manifestations of this trend. We love when our couples incorporate new heirlooms, carrying the wedding day into their future in a meaningful way. Neon signs have also been a perfect custom touch. After the wedding, these energetic pieces are perfect home decor.

Certainly, the modern couple also prides themselves on a personalized wedding day experience for their guests. Our couples pave the way in this trend. From referencing a favorite film to choosing specific floral accents to honor your heritage, your design choices can reflect your life together.

Top 2022 Wedding Trends | The Wilds Venue | Eco-Friendly Design Ideas
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Top 2022 Wedding Trends | The Wilds Venue | Luxury Eco-Friendly Decor
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Top 2022 Wedding Trends | The Wilds Venue | Neon Name Signs
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7. Lean into intimate guest lists for luxury experiences

In 2022 are seeing a large shift in guest count. That is to say, as more and more couples truly lean into a less-is-more mentality, guest lists are shrinking along with the waste.

To keep guest experiences truly luxurious, couples are keeping the invitation list short. Subsequently, smaller guest counts are allowing for indulgences without sacrifice. Taking advantage of our all inclusive venue as a base, our couples are able to bring in the best of the best without compromise. Thus, there is no need to sacrifice on exceptional food, florals, or entertainment. You are sure to have the best of the best with an eco-friendly, intimate wedding!

The Wilds max capacity is 200, though The Wilds is accustomed to hosting parties as small as 20. Estimated guest counts are trending around 130 in 2022. Because each floor plan is customized, you’ll find intimate weddings and full capacity weddings to be a perfect fit for the space. Literally! Intimate weddings may opt for kings tables, which allow additional space for guests and more room for decor. Or perhaps a centralized, family dinner style design is what you have in mind. Regardless, we’ll work with you to meet your aesthetic and experience goals.

The Wilds Wedding Venue | Bloomington, IN | 2022 Wedding Trends | Eco-Friendly
Sharin Shank Photography
Top 2022 Wedding Trends | The Wilds Venue
Sharin Shank Photography
The Wilds Wedding Venue | Bloomington, IN | 2022 Wedding Trends

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A beautiful future for weddings

In conclusion, we are seeing a beautiful environmentally friendly shift with 2022 wedding trends. For the intentional couple, responsible luxury is on the rise. And, we are proud to help you achieve your sustainable goals. We, at The Wilds wedding venue, are excited to host your interpretations of these movements!

Above all, big-picture thoughtfulness is a reflection of our values. We are dedicated to creating beautiful memories that are true to you as a couple.

At The Wilds, we hand-craft luxury, rural weddings that are also within reach. For the wildly in love with sophisticated taste. And for the authentic couple that knows a 5 star venue doesn’t just serve as a backdrop. It sets your wedding apart.

To begin planning your wildly unique and personalized wedding day at The Wilds venue, please contact us here.

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Looking for an authentic, memorable wedding venue in Southern Indiana that perfectly defines your unique personality and style? Then you are in the right place! You are wildly original. Your wedding should be no less. Please contact us today to learn more or book a tour of Indiana’s most sought after wedding and event venue, The Wilds!

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