You recycle, bring your own bag and take public transport, so why not integrate your practices when planning your wedding day?
Well, we bring this up because we had a crash course in green weddings the other day, learning all about greenhouse gases and carbon offsets when we met up with Carbon Care Asia, staffed full of sustainability experts and committed to reducing our carbon footprint with three re-forestation projects in China. If you’re interested, come and chat with them at the upcoming InterContinental Wedding Showcase, a luxury wedding fair with over 40 vendors on Sunday, 6th March 2011 at InterContinental Hong Kong.
The Green Bride Guide says “A green wedding is any wedding where the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the planet – and there are many ways to do it without sacrificing style or elegance! Green weddings are eco-chic, which means they are every bit as gorgeous as conventional weddings, but without the waste. And, amazingly enough, going green can save you money. Every part of a wedding has eco-friendly options worth considering, and, there’s a shade of green for everyone.”
Obviously, the most important part of going green is reducing your carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. There are a number of simple ways you can do that, such as:
1. Finding a florist who’s diligent about recycling packaging and who will source locally produced flowers (no hydrangeas from Holland for you!) or even potted plants that guests can bring home..
2. Choosing a locally grown menu (no, we don’t grow shark’s fin so that should definitely be OFF the menu!). Even hotels such as Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and InterContinental Hong Kong have come up with a more environmentally friendly menu, you need only to ask.
3. Buying carbon credits through Carbon Care Asia, thus making the event a Carbon Neutral Event (having little or no carbon impact on the environment). We are all for that! Off-setting 3 tonnes of carbon (more than what you will emit at an average banquet) only costs as little as $1,250 HKD.
4. Printing your invitations on recycled,handmade or seeded paper using soy-based inks. Reduce paper use, by sending a postcard (instead of multi-enveloped notes) for your save-the-date, or using online invitations and a wedding blog to let people know about the rehearsal dinner, gift registry and RSVP.
5. Donating leftover food to the needy and encouraging your guests to take the floral decorations home or donating them to a hospital to brighten up their environment!
These are just the tip of the iceberg, there are many other ways and if you are keen, visit The Green Bride Guide online which has everything you need from articles and photos to tips and advice to plan a ‘Green Wedding’.
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