The Hype Behind Green Weddings
The Hype Behind Green Weddings
Weddings are nothing if not trendy, and the latest thing to hit the wedding world is going green.
Okay, so “green” isn’t a trend so much as a giant push for everyone to start living more sustainably. But let’s be honest, it’s kind of trendy too. Which, for the record, doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Some trends come around with a purpose, like eating organic, and this one certainly has that.
It’s estimated that about two and a half million weddings happen in the United States every year, and each of those weddings produces quite the carbon footprint. Think about it; all the people traveling for your event, all the work going into the flowers (which are covered with pesticides btw) and catering and keeping the venue lit and operating; it all adds up. Sure, it’s all part of your big day, but it also leads to a lot of waste—both in the trash sense (SO much trash), and in the more global sense (think: pollution and carbon dioxide).
As the push to become more eco conscious in all areas of our lives continues, it makes sense that it would eventually take off in the wedding world. And while we aren’t seeing a huge influx of green weddings just yet, I have noticed more couples making choices geared towards reducing their own wedding footprint.
Socially, it makes you look good. It’s a great conversation starter and way to prove you care. But more importantly, environmentally, it’s certainly something to think about. And talking about green weddings gets other people talking about the same, and about going green in other areas of their lives, which could prove beneficial for everyone.
Plus, with not as many people going green just yet, this is one way to set your wedding apart from the pack.
First and foremost, a green wedding has a reduced guest list. The more people you invite, the more people are traveling, eating, and wasting. A smaller wedding is just greener by virtue. Which doesn’t mean you have to run off and elope in order to go green. It just means carefully considering each and every person you send an invite off to.
Speaking of invites, a green wedding probably relies on the less traditional e-vite—after all, there’s a fair amount of waste that goes into the more standard options.
Then there’s the vendors. Choosing a caterer who only sources locally, shopping farmers markets and partnering with local growers, is definitely eco conscious. And when it comes to drinks, why not hit up a local brewery? Obviously, not everything will be able to come from down the street, but the more you can get local—the better.
Same goes for flowers. There are absolutely arrangements that can be sourced locally, and taking on a less is more mentality can do even more good.
What about venues? Can you support local there as well? Maybe you could say your “I do’s” at a local eco conscious farm. There are some that specifically work to host green weddings, offering beautiful buildings for the event, and even sometimes catering on site.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to going green, and it’s definitely okay to pick and choose. If your heart is set on 200+ guests, or on importing your favorite wine, don’t beat yourself up; there are other ways to make your event a little more green. But you may also find you’re having fun looking for those opportunities, and before you know it—your big day could be the eco-conscious event of the year. Which is certainly one way to set your wedding apart!