As a recently engaged eco-minded person I’ve been doing some pretty extensive research on “green weddings”. The tips I’ve found on sites out there range from great ideas such as having your caterer provide locally grown/organic food to absurd things like “decorate your cake with icing in the shape of bamboo”. No kidding.
There are places in the budget where we can all make simple changes; plastic barware becomes glass barware, paper napkins become linen napkins. However, no matter how much I try to save money and save the environment I’ve come up against a few obstacles. In order to get half of the wedding party (not to mention guests) to share in this very special moment of my life, I’ll have to fly them across the Atlantic Ocean. Using the wedding carbon footprint calculator at Carbonfund.org I can see how I can offset what I can’t reduce for my big day.
Since so many guests are coming from the UK I have a VERY large footprint, but another Carbonfund.org wedding only created 8 tons. So you can see that carbon footprints vary widely depending on the event itself, to cover the cost we plan on having Carbonfund.org on our wedding registry. So reduce what you can and offset what you can’t.
Here are some of my top tips for “saving green”:
· Glass Barware · Potted Centerpieces and in season local or organic flowers · Same Ceremony and Reception site (to save car emissions in between sites) · Shuttles for guests coming from central areas · Locally grown/ Seasonal menus · Put Carbonfund.org or another charity of your choice on your registry · Offset what you can’t reduce
Congrats and happy CarbonFree planning!
Here is a link to another couple who partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset their wedding!