07 Apr My Eco Wedding!
Sebastian and I met 7 years ago on New Years Eve. Very quickly he became my best friend.
So when he popped the question last year, I was more than ready to say “YES”! After a couple days of the engagement bubble the reality of planning a wedding set in.
( Our very elated faces below, just after the question was popped! and the beautiful wooden engagement ring he bought for me! He knows me well!)
Through my Sustainability Consulting practice (The Green Scene), I have worked on ‘Greening’ large events. I wanted our wedding to be uniquely us, but also aligned with my eco living values and with the least amount of impact on the planet.
Australian weddings cost on average $36,000. The amount of excessive waste, consumption, and emissions that come with that figure is mind blowing!
I set out to create a magical, personal wedding for 60 guests on a eco and moderate financial budget. As with everything around eco-living I made sure that there was some give and take. To make it the ‘greenest wedding ever’ was going to take away from this once in a lifetime event, so I took lots of steps to make it a lighter more eco-friendly event, but also had to give in to some things to make sure it was what we both wanted and was an amazingly special day… which it was.
A lot of thought, planning, research, and time was spent into creating our eco-magical wedding. Since I know how much work events are, even with green event experience, I have decided to put together the most comprehensive but easy to use, Eco Wedding Guide with online resources to help other brides looking for a eco-wedding alternative – stay tuned – I will post it here! Our lovely photos were taken by Michelle Troop from Le Photogenic .
Here is an overview of some of the things I did to make our wedding lighter on the planet!
- I didn’t want to purchase anything to be used for just one day. So all items in the wedding were borrowed, second hand, upcycled or if none of those options worked we bought something but then made sure it could be used again.
- We aimed to have a low waste wedding so we made this a consideration in each and every step of the planning – in the end we had 2 small bags of rubbish destined for landfill.
- We chose a location for the ceremony that was special to us and the reception was nearby on a permaculture farm. Both of our venues had natural charm and this meant we needed less decorations.
- Local flowers were grown or collected and used for bouquets, and wedding favors.
- It gets to me that glass doesn’t get recycled where we live, so we opted for kegs instead of bottled beer, and made all our own pint and water glasses from upcycled wine bottles.
- Our invites and thank yous were all paperless to save on cost and the need for so many paper products.
- Our guests traveled to the venue, so we did some calculations and have offset the carbon emissions for all the guests travel
There we many other steps in the planning process from the food, the music, the outfits, the lighting, the transport…etc. that helped to keep our footprint and budget down. To learn more about planning a eco wedding – stay tuned for the Eco-Wedding Guide I am creating.
Whether it’s a birthday party, a farewell, or a wedding, there are so many ways to make events lighter on our planet and just as special. Just take a bit of time in the planning to think of some of the ways you can reduce waste and your events eco-footprint.