Is having a sustainable wedding important for you and your partner? If it is, it can be accomplished easier than you think without compromising on what you want your special day to look like.
We believe in preservation and in doing no harm while creating our products. If this is something that you believe in too, then we have lots of suggestions on ways to make sure that you can have a sustainable wedding!
This can be a tricky one because of the extra costs that are generally associated with organic food. However, you can use a local catering service and ask them to use other local and in-season ingredients. This will not only help other local businesses, but it will also ensure that you are getting fresh quality in your food.
The catering is an important piece of any wedding, and you should never have to comprise quality for being more sustainable, so ask around and see what options are available to you in your area! This idea applies to other parts of the wedding, such as the baker for your cake. Depending on whether your cake is vegan, uses eggs, or has milk, ask to see if the ingredients can come from a local or ethically produced source!
The traditional way to invite guests to a ceremony would be to have printed invitations sent out. But, with so many trees being taken down each year for paper products now is a great time to look at other options! Consider using recycled paper with vegetable-based inks or completely going paperless and just using online invites. You could create snappy e-invitations and direct guests to a wedding website to RSVP! A wedding website is a great place to put fun facts about the couple, any information about the upcoming ceremony, and an easy way to electronically track guests.
The most common way to have a sustainable venue would be to have an outdoor wedding. Use nature as your backdrop, use the sun as your lighting, and just be careful to leave the area without any debris. A few great location ideas could be on a beach/lake, in a field, in the woods, or even your own backyard!
Having an outdoor wedding may not be your first choice or work depending on the part of the world you live in (or depending on the season you want to get married in)! Some other options would be to have the ceremony in a barn or other environmentally friendly location that is close to you. This will cut down on the amount of fuel that guests need to use to travel to the wedding. Also, having the ceremony and reception in the same location will help to cut down on travel time and associated costs for both you and your guests.
Figure out what is most important to you and your partner before you start to plan your special day. Do your research and see what is possible in your area with regards to local vendors before you begin to look at outsourcing. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy this memorable occasion with your loved ones!