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HOW TO REDUCE YOUR WEDDING'S IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Diana Chaplin | July 26, 2016 | 3 min read

Tf you're getting prepared to say "I do" any time soon, you might have started to do some research on how to have a sustainable weddingTo give you a better idea of the size of the industry, let's start with some wedding stats.

Wedding Fun Facts

  • On average 2.4 million weddings take place in the United States per year – that means 4.8 million people get married on an annual basis;
  • Saturday and Sunday are the most popular days to tie the knot with an average of 44,230 weddings happening each weekend;
  • Not too big, not too small, the average guest list is about 165 people long;
  • Traditional American weddings add up to $29,858 on average;
  • Annually in the US, a total of $72 billion is spent on weddings;
  • $16 billion of annual spending is contributed to by the destination wedding market – which account for 24% of annual marriages;
  • Honeymoons sum up to a $12 billion-dollar-a-year industry;
  • Average amount spent on a bridal gown is $1,281.

Source: Brides

While these numbers are interesting, and perhaps even a bit surprising, knowing them can play an important role when planning a green wedding.

Going green and being economically conscious often fit together. If you're carefully planning your spending, you are naturally watching your consumption and thinking about ways to reduce your waste too.

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how to have an Eco-friendly Wedding

  • Send out e-invitations – saving paper means saving trees – going electronic for invites is a great way to help mitigate deforestation for pulp and paper. Not to mention that you will save on printing and postage costs
  • Consider renting and/or purchasing a second hand wedding gown– given that most brides only wear their gown for one day, why not share the love, and either rent a dress or buy a dress that’s been previously worn.
  • Consign or sell your wedding gown – the other side of the equation. If you fell in love with the perfect dress – and it’s brand new – you can always sell the dress after you’ve said I do
  • Make your menu with locally sourced foods – if you work directly with farmers in your region, you are reducing the amount of transport distance and stimulating your local economy
  • Ensure you have recycle and compost bins on-site to divert waste – reducing your impact on the Earth goes hand in hand with recycling
  • Go on an eco-friendly honeymoon– there are a growing number of eco-resorts that are catering to newlyweds. Eco-resorts are more environmentally mindful by nature, so staying at one will be gentler on the Earth. In addition, a big culprit of carbon emissions is travel, keeping this in mind when planning your get-a-way can go a long way. Staying closer to home & using public transport while traveling are just a couple of ways to lighten your environmental impact.

Another green idea is to plant trees to commemorate your big day. Trees offer so many benefits to the environment and global community – planting is a wonderful gesture to give back to the Earth. If you're a guest, you can also gift a tree in the couple's honour!

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