These days, more consumers are being more mindful of their every move. More are advocating not just for the good of the environment but also for their community. This is evident with the number of consumers choosing sustainable and eco-friendly practices that offer positive effects on their community and the environment. This extends to major life decisions, including the way they plan weddings.
Why Plan a Wedding with an Impact?
Modern consumers are becoming increasingly picky when it comes to their wedding plans. They are not just scouting the best stores for jewelry and venues. They are also taking into consideration the possible impact their wedding choices have on the environment and community.
Modern-day couples want their big day to have little-to-no impact on the environment. They no longer wish to hold their weddings only for the event to result in lots of trash that will surely end up in landfills, oceans, and other environmental space. As much as possible, they want their weddings to be sustainable and eco-friendly.
They want to encourage their guests to do the same by thinking about the environment. This involves choosing gifts that are eco-friendly, selecting sustainable clothing to attend the wedding, and reducing their carbon emissions when going to and from the wedding venue.
Aside from their weddings’ impact on the environment, many consumers also wish to create a positive impact on the community. Some request their guests and sponsors to donate to good causes instead of spending money on wedding gifts. They would also consider partnering with local businesses before venturing into international brands to help and promote local brands.
Planning Weddings with the Community and Environment in Mind
Do you also intend to use your wedding day to make a positive impact on your community and the environment? Know that you are making the right choice. Here are eco- and community-conscious wedding planning ideas to get you started.
Reconsider your vendors
It is true that choosing local vendors for your souvenirs, wedding cake, catering, and other wedding prep are good ways to make a good impact on the environment and the community. But then, who you trust to take care of your wedding essentials also matters. This is since not all local businesses have already embraced sustainable and eco-friendly practices.
You want to make sure to do your research, ask for recommendations, and ask the right questions before choosing your vendors. As much as possible, choose local vendors who provide services with sustainability and the environment in mind. This involves the way they source their materials, how they market their offers and the ways they deliver services.
Rethink Your Wedding Paraphernalia
Your wedding paraphernalia can include the materials you use to decorate the venue, souvenirs, wedding rings, and everything you will use for the big day. As much as possible, use local and sustainable materials sourced ethically. You want to choose materials that will end up with little-to-no trash at the end of the occasion.
For example, you can consider looking for a venue with built-in decor. This can be a beautiful garden filled with luscious greens and flowers or a winery with a scenic background. This way, you only need a few more finishing touches to fit your wedding style.
Consider a Charity Registry
Want to do give back to the community on your big day? Why not ask your guests to donate to causes you connect deeply with instead of asking for wedding gifts? This way, you can gather donations for your favorite causes and make the day a more memorable one.
For example, you want to focus on rainforest restoration. You can choose an organization that plants trees for every donation made. You can honor everyone who donates by naming a tree after them.
Say Yes to Sustainable Meals
Who says your food choices have nothing to do with the environment? Even if your goal is to feed your weddings guests with tasty and luxurious meals on the wedding day, you can still do so while keeping the environment in mind. Opt for sustainable meals that you and your guests will find so hard to resist on your wedding day.
Consider local caterers who use organic and locally sourced ingredients. You may want to rethink your meat choices as most store-bought meals are not sustainably-raised and produced. Talk to your caterers and ask them to serve your wedding meals in eco-friendly packages.
Wedding consumers are now advocating for the environment and the community. This is excellent news considering the ill-effects traditional weddings have on the community and the environment. By joining this trend, you can help make help create a good impact while celebrating your big day.