Turning them sustainable only raises the level of difficulty, but in this day and age, thankfully, you have everything on your side to make them as eco friendly as you want. In order to help you not lose your mind trying to plan such a celebration, here are a few tips that you can use.
Spread the Word
First and foremost, you need to help everyone be the same page. All of the people involved in any capacity need to understand what sustainable means in terms of their own behavior and attendance. A mission statement may seem like taking it all too seriously, the reality is, it is not a bad idea, outlining how you plan on saving on energy and reducing waste. This will get others involved and you may end up with a bunch of fresh perspective and ideas from your guests themselves. The most important figure to get involved in the process is your wedding planner, if you have one. If not the venue owner is the person you should talk to firs. If they are not willing to put in the extra effort and go sustainable, then you have a huge problem on your hands.
Prepare in Advance
Weddings are not some random event you can plan in a matter of a week. Anyone who has ever tried to do it knows that this turns into a bona fide catastrophe in matter of hours. Now imagine sustainable principles being added into the mix. This gets things even more complicated, but once you get a hang of it, you’ll be able to incorporate a sustainable lifestyle not only to your everyday life but influence a lot of your guests to think about the environment themselves. Since you have more limited options and there is more to do, make sure you are doing everything with love and care and it will be worth the effort.
No Invitations? Well...
Wedding invitations are a huge part of the experience, but if you plan to go sustainable with your wedding, you cannot really send people dead trees with welcome words written on them. One way to do it is to go electronic and simply invite people with an online invite. There is a number of websites where you can find spectacular online invites or even design your own in Canva and everyone will love them!
Let’s talk the star of the show! No not the bride - the food! Every event catering company source their ingredients in a different way and some of them may not be organic and carbon minimized, so you have to make sure you research your caterer thoroughly. Keep in mind, however, that even some catering companies do advertise as sustainable might be only halfway there. Make sure they grow their own food, in a non toxic organic way and that you only have a seasonal menu for your lovely sustainable wedding.
So some of your guests might need a place to stay overnight. In some cases wedding can be as long as three days so accommodation is commonly required for these types of events. The easiest way to be sustainable here is to find green lodging options and organize a stay for your out of towners.
How to Reduce The Waste
One of the biggest sustainability issues here is the fact they are notorious for being wasteful. Food and drinks are especially easily wasted. People get loose. Stuff gets wasted. Stuff gets un-recycled. You might feel that this will be taking away from your wedding, but you need to make sure you reduce waste as much as possible. Do not over-cater. Make sure the extra food doesn't get wasted - compost what can be composted, and give to the ones in need the things that are suitable for such a thing. Recycle everything.
And ocf - Have Fun
Sustainable or not - your wedding day is the most beautiful day and you shouldn’t stress whatever happens. Do not do anything wedding related at least 2,3 days prior to the wedding, and enjoy your time with family and friends celebrating the love of your life. Cheers! To the bride and groom!
Peter is a lifestyle writer from Brisbane, Australia. He graduated from the Australian Institute Of Creative Design. Beside writing he enjoys fashion, reading, cooking and traveling around exotic destinations. Contact Peter for more inspiring tips.
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