Your wedding day is a big one in the book of life’s precious moments and the planning process plays a huge part into the excitement of your big day. Food, invitations, venue, decorations, guests, music, the outfits — all of these components and more go into having a wedding, and there are a lot of things to consider when making decisions about them all.
When thinking about all these choices, have you ever thought about the impacts your wedding has in relation to the environment? We bet when you and your sweetheart are saying “I do” and sharing a kiss at the altar, you are most definitely not considering how much waste your special day is actually producing, but you’d be surprised…
With over 2.3 million people getting married a year in America alone, the average wedding is said to create 400 lbs of trash– that’s over 1 billion pounds of garbage per year! (Green Bride Guide) The stats are a bit alarming, especially when you consider how many weddings take place everyday. But there are ways in the planning stages of your big day to combat the excessive waste you may produce.
Read below for some tips you can follow to make your special day a little more sustainable!
Pick the right spot.
When you are considering where exactly to hold your wedding, do your research to ensure the venue you select holds the same eco conscious values you do. There are a variety of eco-friendly venue spaces in Toronto, with the Gladstone being one of them! As the only B-corp certified hotel in Canada, the Gladstone holds environmental sustainability and social responsibility at the top of the list when operating.
An outdoor venue would also be a great choice, as less energy would be used through heating/air conditioning and lighting could be solar powered, or provided through romantic candles.
Choose email over print.
With most of us glued to our electronic devices everyday, e-invitations are a great way to invite loved ones to your special day. Sending an email invite is quick and easy, can help you easily track your guest list and most importantly is a way to reduce your waste and save paper. You can design your own invites for free through sites like Canva, or gather inspiration from Pinterest. If email is not an option for you, ensure your invites are printed on all natural, recycled paper and only print as many as you need to!
Wear a greener dress.
Okay not actually (but if green is your colour, go for it!) But we mean in the sustainable way. Wedding dresses can be expensive, and it’s a lot of money to spend on a dress you will most likely only wear once. Shopping second hand or vintage is a great option to limiting your waste and loving a recycled, one of a kind piece! Consigning and selling your dress after your big day is also a great option to keep the recycling chain going!
Cater and support local food.
Food is a big component of your wedding day, and you want the best of the best for your guests. Try to secure a caterer who sources their food organically from local farmers and opt for an in season menu. This ensures less emissions produced from transportation of the ingredients. As for wine and beer, try to support local breweries and wineries who believe in the same green initiatives you do!
Go on a local honeymoon.
View the city like a tourist and visit a spot you’ve never seen before! Try staying in a boutique hotel (like the Gladstone perhaps?) or an Airbnb you can call your own for a week. If the city isn’t your thing, take the VIA rail and explore a smaller town or piece of nature you’ve never been to before. Taking public transit will limit the emissions you would produce by taking your car and help lighten your overall environmental impact.