We asked Katherine Hudson of The Arabian Tent Company: How can we make our wedding more sustainable? Read on to find out what she had to say...
Just because your event is for one night only, it doesn’t mean what you use should be. It’s perfectly possible to make a few small tweaks to maximize the eco-clout of your event…
Cutlery and tableware can be hired, and some companies will even take it away dirty. If you’re using food trucks for the evening, insist on biodegradable plates and cutlery. Wooden or banana leaf plates add to a rustic theme and are much better quality than white plastic. You could even encourage sustainable behaviour such as asking guests to bring their own cup.
Using real foliage foraged from the surrounding area and hiring plants to decorate your venue is greener than buying cut flowers. Consider also options like bunting or flower fairylights, or even some well-chosen artificial flowers.
Choose a caterer specialising in local produce. Opt for organic food, and minimise waste by catering for precise numbers. Excess leftovers? Why not donate them to a food bank? You may also consider going veggie, as this type of menu will drastically reduce carbon emissions.
When looking for a venue, try to find one close to most of your guests. You could set up group transportation by hiring a coach if needed. Finally, source local suppliers, with products that haven’t travelled across the globe to be there.
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