Why Should You Have An Eco Friendly Wedding
Love recognizes no barriers, unless those barriers are standing in the way of your future and the future of your generation. When two people get married they mark the beginning of a new chapter in their life, which is ceremoniously celebrated. The greatest day in the life of the newly wedded couple also marks the beginning of one wasteful event which could be abridged. Tossed flowers, paper goods and lots of litter that will eventually end up in a landfill polluting the already polluted land which will continue to decompose over eons leaving behind nothing but harmful gases to be inhaled by those on the surface of the earth adding up to the greenhouse gases which is warming up the planet.
Do You Really Want To Mark the Beginning Of Your New Life With Such Disastrous Trail Of Events?
Obviously, not. Read ahead as we talk about how you too can arrange an eco-friendly wedding!
Eco Friendly Wedding
Planning an eco-friendly wedding is just as simple as planning any other wedding i.e. it is complex in every sense of the word. It comes with the same last minute arrangements, close calls putting up the setup for reception and numerous arguments regarding invites. But, to help you catch a glimpse of what an eco-friendly wedding looks like here is the breakdown:
- Instead of opting for disposable cutlery, people opt for reusable cutlery
- Instead of investing in destination weddings that cost an arm and a leg people invest in a venue that cuts down on fuel usage and greenhouse gas emission.
- Instead of opting for traditional diamond wedding bands, environmentally woke individuals opt for ethical wedding jewelers who supply conflict free gemstones.
- Instead of opting for heavy décor and keepsakes, opt for something that promotes the eco-friendly theme of the wedding i.e. sapling filled pouches or stationary that can be planted.
- Instead of investing in heavy fancy cake that are just for the show ordering locally grown produce to create your wedding cake that is both cheap and promotes local agriculture.You can still have a DJ, a dance floor perhaps and all your loved ones around you as you take your vows. Eco-friendly weddings are not about cancelling out the fun factor in weddings, it is just about doing the fun part with a little responsible attitude.
What Does It Hold For Our Planet
Organizing an eco-friendly wedding comes with one goal in mind – we choose what is better for the environment. We believe in cutting down on greenhouse gases, curbing down carbon hydrogen emissions, and promoting a plastic free environment.
Opting for outdoor venues during the day can help in cutting down on electricity usage which means lowering the consumption of hydropower and saving water. Everything that follows has a trickledown effect. You can choose from local vineyards to farms where the sunlight is abundant to provide natural lighting.
Since all wedding preparations start with sending out invitation cards, it is advised that you opt for cards that are made from recycled paper instead of fresh paper. Every year million trees are toppled to produce paper and paper products consuming gazillion gallons of water, leaving behind additional waste to be taken care of and also loss of very crucial nonrenewable resource such as water. As all paper goes to waste at some point, you can even opt for plantable paper products that guests can plant in their backyard. It makes up for a great keepsake and it is environmental friendly.
However, e-cards are still a better option than all the other available options.
Food is the core of any celebratory event, it establishes whether the event was a hit or a miss. Just because you are going eco-friendly doesn’t mean you to burn a hole in your pocket to get the elite ‘organic’ food only on your reception dinner table. Getting local produce for creating dishes will help you cut down on the extra cost while promoting local agriculture. Farm-to-table way of catering will also cut down costs on creation of your favorite dishes if you ask the caterer to use in-season produce which would require less effort to keep the dishes fresh. Efficient consumption of energy and less packaging would guarantee a happier future for mother earth – and for you as well.
You can look whimsical at your wedding without compromising on your style, or principles that you strongly stand by. Re-wearing a gown can be helpful as you are saving the power, labor and use of fabric that will eventually end up in your attic. However, if you wish to get creative and want to wear something that is more you, and original then perhaps you can look for designers and brands such as Stella McCarthy who produce wedding gowns by using sustainable fabrics and practice fair trade. You can rent your wedding dress for brides who can’t afford getting their own – so you are paying it forward by saving the planet from unnecessary waste.
Just because you are taking the right foot forward into a relationship by doing things that every responsible citizen should do, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at your own wedding. It is that time in your life when you can actually bring about change – it is a choice that you can make. You can show it through your very actions that you truly care about a planet for your future generation. Climate is rising by 0.9 degree Celsius, if people don’t take action in their personal capacity we might face consequences of our actions sooner than we can fathom. An eco friendly wedding is just your way of thanking the world for everything it has given you until today.
It is an opportunity for you to spread the word amongst your family members as well. Global warming is a universal issue. No one gets to choose sides, it is a matter of life and death so choose wisely.