When planning your green wedding, what’s on the menu will play a large part in the impact your event has upon the environment. If you’ve already chosen a green venue, chances are you’ll already have some help organizing catering from the venue’s owners, but it’s always a good idea to do some research yourself. By sticking to a few guidelines and ensuring to follow the old saying “quality over quantity”, you can support local land and agriculture when catering for your green wedding, whilst leaving your guests feeling full and satisfied.
Buying ingredients for your menu locally not only ensures that your money is going directly back into local agriculture, it also helps to reduce carbon emissions generated through the transport of food, as well as the use of excess packaging. Locally sourced vegetables will likely be of a higher quality and buying in bulk direct from the farm is often more economical too. One organization who endorses the use of local farmers for their catering is the National Trust. Weddings performed in their houses are catered for using as much locally sourced produce as possible, which puts money back into the local economy as well as supporting surrounding soil quality. If your green wedding is being held in an urban area, try farmers markets which often visit towns or cities. This produce will contain all the goodness of the countryside it came from and ensure that individual farmers, rather than large scale supermarkets, keep all the profit.
Organic food has been actively promoted for years, and as part of your green wedding, the benefits of having pesticide-free produce on the menu are numerous. Organic food uses, on average, 26% less energy per tonne of food produced, minimizing the excess use of machinery on mass-producing farms. Buying organic also eliminates the presence of potential toxins, which can be harmful to humans as well as plants and aquatic life. It is a common myth that buying organic will be expensive- non organic foods are simply discounted heavily due to their mass produced and transported nature. In actual fact, buying in bulk from organic farms for your green wedding is likely to work out more efficiently.
Buy fish ethically
Over fishing is one of the greatest problems facing the planet’s food sources, with 52% of the world’s current fish stocks being exploited. Scientists are preducting that if current fishing trends continue, all stocks will have been used up by the middle of the century. If fish is on the menu for your guests, make sure you buy from a certified, responsible source to minimize contributing to this huge global issue.
Consider going vegetarian
Choosing fully vegetarian cuisine for your green wedding means contributing nothing to the meat industry which is responsible for heavy pollution and the consumption of non-sustainable resources. Instead, your guests will be filled with fresh and nutritious ingredients which can be cooked into a variety of dishes. Removing meat from the menu also helps to keep the costs of catering lower.
Your big day doesn’t have to be compromised by boring cuisine or come with a large catering bill. With a bit of research into which food sources are the most sustainable, you and your guests can enjoy a delicious spread which gives back to the local area and has a minimal environmental impact.