Steps on Planning Your Eco-Friendly Wedding

There are a few things you need to keep in mind, before you plan an eco-friendly wedding. No, it is not a mammoth task, just a list that has a start and an end. And when you finish, it leaves you with the satisfaction of saving the planet with that much waste.

Let’s go and visit our drawing board. Every wedding has

  1. The planning & inviting stage

Let’s delve deeper into these stages

  1. Planning & Inviting

Hurray! Marriage is such a big, and beautiful step that one takes with their special one. The planning and inviting stages are the toughest. One needs to rely on heavy duty planning experts, who can juggle multiple sub-events, and multitask like a boss. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind during the planning stage

  • Venue: Where am I going to get married? Does the venue understand the meaning of an eco friendly wedding? Do they know what segregation of waste is? Do they allow outside catering?
  • Cleaning crew: Cleaning crew must be trained to recognise wet v/s dry waste. The venue must provide at least 2 distinct bins to distinguish between the two.

2. On-ground activation

D-day has arrived. This is when all the planning comes to fruition. Appointing a couple of on ground volunteers will help smoothen the process. Best to keep volunteers at food and gifting stalls

  • Catering: To avoid food waste altogether, you must train the caterer to get over their overwhelming urge to put heaps-full of food. Few checks for your volunteers — has the food been brought in steel vessels, are the ladles NOT covered with plastic, are all the cooking equipment, cups, spoons and bowls steel and not single use?

3. Post-wedding monitoring & goodbyes

Congratulate yourself and your team, it did not take much but weddings are a hectic affair! However, your entire effort to make your wedding sustainable might dissolve if you don’t see it through the end.

  • Food Waste: Partnering with organisations that take and compost food-waste is always the best. You can also partner with agencies that donate left over food to the needy. Make it absolutely necessary that they arrive immediately after the event. Say, lunch gets over at 2:30, call them at 3! This is to avoid any mixing of food waste. Couple of things to keep in mind- How are these agencies going to take the food waste/leftover, what are they going to do with it, and who is going to take care of the logistics

Goodbyes are tough. Especially people bidding you goodbye after your BIG day can get overwhelming. But goodbyes are also effective and they last longer. Make sure you spread the word as you bid everyone goodbye. Because what is the point of meticulously adhering to the rules of sustainability without spreading it far and wide?

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