More and more Australians are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle - and it doesn’t stop at weddings!
Here are five great ways to ‘green up’ your big day and help show your guests how committed you are to an environmentally friendly lifestyle with your love.
1. Ban the beef
More and more data is being released about how livestock creates a surprisingly large carbon footprint - and at the crux of it all is beef. As cows and cattle take up the most room and the most resources, they are much worse for the environment than smaller stock such as chickens.
In fact, one study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that beef cattle require as much as 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water as other livestock categories.
Opt for chicken, pork or even vegetarian options on your menu for a smaller carbon footprint on your wedding.
2. Recycled paper everything
Even in this digital age, paper products are still used a lot in weddings.
Your invites, menus, place settings and thank you cards can all be printed on recycled paper to help continue with your green theme.
3. Host it locally
As much as destination weddings are spectacular, there’s a real argument for hosting it locally for the sake of the environment.
When the majority of your guests need only to pop down the road for your wedding, you’re cutting down significantly on petrol and diesel for cars to get there, and perhaps even flights for everyone to attend.
Similarly, hire local companies for your photography, catering and entertainment, so these groups don’t need to travel far either.
4. Eco-favourable favours
Wedding favours are a fun tradition that allows your guests to go home with a small thank you for their attendance. There’s an endless number of ideas you could offer, so aim for one that helps the environment!
For example, perhaps you could give out flower seeds - in particular, those that were featured in your wedding. Another idea is to get each guest to vote for their favourite environmental charity by putting their place card into a jar, then you can make a donation to each charity based on the number of votes after the wedding.
5. Ecotourism for the honeymoon
Keep the green wedding going with an ecotourism honeymoon!
Ecotourism is any trip that promotes the environment in some way. Whether you’re volunteering for an environmental cause, staying in an eco-friendly accommodation option, taking tours with green companies or simply finding ways to minimise your impact during your stay, you can keep your footprint to a minimum during your time exploring together.
Of course, you can always opt for environmentally friendly jewellery, too. If you have an old piece of jewellery you no longer wear, you can have it remade into a wedding ring or other piece of wedding jewellery! The Hennings Jewellers New Life service helps takes these old pieces and recycles them into something you will love and cherish forever.