Planning an Environmentally Friendly Wedding

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When you’re head over heels in love and engrossed in a flurry of activities surrounding your wedding, it can be easy to overlook things like your desire to promote environmentally friendly practices. So kudos to you if you’ve decided that your wedding should be eco-friendly. Now that you’ve made the decision, there are a few things you should consider. Chief among them is that in order to pull off a successful eco-wedding you’ll need your guests to buy into your vision and a team of expert professional wedding service providers who can turn your eco dream into a reality.

Start with your invitations. Ensure that they are created using recycled paper- or even better, avoid the use of paper altogether by using electronic invitations (evites) instead. Remember to include your email address in your evite so that your guests can RSVP. You could also use online invitation services that will provide perks like the automatic tallying of guest numbers, meal preferences etc. Additionally you could set up a website or social media page (it could be temporary) that your guests could visit to get information about your wedding. It is also a good idea to let your guests know beforehand that your wedding will have a ‘green’ theme so that there are no surprises when they arrive and they can even get onboard the green train from early.

Ensure that your caterers focus on limiting the meat and dairy items on the menu and including more organic alternatives. The limited meat and dairy could be reserved for those who made special requests (likely when they RSVP’d).This is a great way to start your guests on a healthier more eco-friendly diet.

Avoid disposable cutlery. It is probably unlikely that you were planning to use disposable items at your reception dinner but just in case you were, you should use the biodegradable kind or go for traditional reusable dinner-wear and cutlery.

Wrap wedding favors in eco-friendly material. Use natural flowers and plants to decorate your venue. You can even use natural flowers for your bouquets and for the centerpieces on your reception tables. To make your flowers last longer, your decorator should use them freshly picked (preferably in the morning) and place them in vases of water with an apple cider vinegar and sugar solution added.

The key to a successful eco-friendly wedding is planning and identifying a venue that will support and facilitate the process. Here at Stonebrook Manor, we are committed to preserving the environment and relish the opportunity to serve clients who share this interest. Contact us today to see how we can accommodate your eco-friendly wedding celebrations.