With food, dresses and guests only a few of the things to consider when planning your big day, it is easy to see how keeping your wedding green and eco friendly is often an overwhelming prospect. With large amounts of electricity often required, and high levels of waste produced, many factors need to be accounted for when minimizing the environmental impact that your wedding will have. Choosing a venue is one of the most important factors in planning your green wedding, but making the right choice often helps to retain a green theme for the rest of the event.
A good green wedding venue will:
Buy locally sourced food to support the local area and minimize the use of transportation and packaging.
Ensure that any waste food is composted. Country homes and farms are especially good for this as the compost can be used to support their surrounding land.
Power their venue with a renewable source, or through a good renewable energy supplier such as Ecotricity or Good Energy.
Minimize power wastage by using timed lighting and light sensors, and energy efficient light bulbs.
Choose your location wisely
Although an outdoor or isolated wedding may seem fitting with your wedding’s green theme, give some consideration for the transport required for your guests to arrive. The average wedding will have around 150 attendees, who would all contribute to carbon emissions if traveling a long distance. Instead, try picking somewhere more central and ideally, with good rail connections. Some venues will even provide coach transport to collect guests from nearby railway stations, or offer discounts on drinks to any guests who travel by train!
Accreditation for churches
With the environmental impact of weddings now at the forefront of many couple’s minds, many churches are also striving to keep the traditional church wedding an eco friendly one. Most churches have an adjourning hall which can hold wedding receptions, meaning no need for excess travel between venues. The organization Eco Congregation encourages churches to consider the environment within the context of Christianity, and administer awards to particularly eco friendly churches, so keep an eye out for any extra accreditation when looking for an eco friendly church venue.
”All inclusive” weddings
Keeping your wedding venue “all inclusive” is a good way of minimizing environmental impact, as well as unnecessary stress for yourself and your guests. Most green wedding venues offer the wedding service itself in close proximity to the reception venue, reducing time spent traveling to and from different sites. There are plenty of beautiful and intriguing venues which use country manors, farm houses or even teepees in wedding services and receptions, allowing a convenient package where all necessary space is taken care of.
Most venue owners who consider their property green are only too happy to suggest other local eco friendly businesses to help take care of other aspects of your wedding, making it easier to stick to your wedding’s eco friendly theme once the venue has been established.