How to lower your wedding’s carbon footprint
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From leftover food and alcohol to bouquets of wilted flowers, you’d be surprised how much waste is left after the final sparkler burns out at a wedding. Luckily, decreasing your nuptials’ carbon footprint isn’t as hard as it once was – especially in Fairfield County.
Living La Vida Local
Wedding season coincides with the best time to eat local, especially in Connecticut. With bountiful greens, grass-fed meat and deliciously made wine and spirits, any creative couple can craft a localvore menu. Even your flowers can be sourced locally!
There are many ways to tie the past to the present and future on your wedding day, such as adding an escort table filled with photos of relatives’ weddings or using a favorite book as a guest book. Instead of purchasing pricey jewelry, you can wear heirloom gems. Making sure your special day is rich in family history will not only cut the cost, but decrease the waste as well.
Opt for an Eco-Friendly Venue
Many venues are trying to create a smaller carbon footprint, from using organic bedding to installing energy-efficient appliances. Discuss the steps they take not only before and during the wedding, but also during clean up.
Recycle and Compost
You’d be amazed how much food and empty containers are carted to a dumpster at the end of a wedding. Put recycling bins throughout your wedding for discarded wine and beer bottles. Instead of trashing all the uneaten food, compost the waste or have it boxed up for those post-dancing munchies. It’s always a fear to not have enough food or alcohol so there is a trend to have too much, but you can use one of these handy calculators to make sure you get the number right.
Repurpose Wedding Cards
Instead of tossing all those wedding cards into the trash, you can send the fronts of the cards to St. Jude Ranch in Nevada. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children recycles greeting cards and creates new holiday and greeting cards. The cards are sold in packs of 10 for $10 to support the ranch’s many programs for their guests. The program is an entrepreneurial venture run entirely by the teen guests and provides them the experience and confidences to some day embark into the job world successfully. How is that for giving back and staying green?
Choose a Sperry!
Sperry Fabric Architecture makes all of our sailcloth tents from eco-friendly materials in Rochester, MA. And did you know production is mostly powered by solar panels? Sperry Fabric Architecture also supports a recycling program re-purposing old sail cloth tents and sails and crafting new handbags, ice bags and even sails. A pretty green operation all around!
It’s fairly simple to throw a green wedding these days. Decorating your eco-friendly venue with gorgeous local flowers in re-purposed vintage vases and completing your dinner with a locally-made ice cream enjoyed under a Sperry Tent will make your special day that much more unique and memorable.
Kelly Huettner has been involved in the event industry for over 6 years planning and coordinating weddings, parties and corporate events. Currently she works for Sperry Tents Greenwich as the Marketing Coordinator where she has the pleasure of looking at gorgeous weddings all day and featuring them in many publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Well Wed & Town and Country.
Combining traditions of the finest American sail makers, Sperry Tents’ elegant peaks and signature pennants offer refined outdoor ambiance and a uniquely nautical feel. Sperry Tents Greenwich is distinguished in the wedding tent industry by the highest quality craftsmanship and white glove customer service.