Tips on running sustainable events and weddings.
Plastic-free events, eco-friendly celebrations and green weddings over white weddings were already becoming more and more popular. And recent events have really put sustainability and the preservation of the planet firmly under the microscope as we’ve all become much more aware of the impact we are having on the natural world. It’s a hot topic for a very good reason and it is something we all feel very strongly about. So, we’ve pulled together a list of some hacks, ideas and questions to help ensure that your event or wedding is not just perfect but is sustainable too.
Choose an event venue which is aligned to your eco-friendly values. At Secret Spaces, we are proud to have on board a number of venues with sustainable credentials. From operating on biomass fuel to waste management to recycling, there are a lot of planet-friendly practices in place. So, if you’re running an event where the green credentials of the venue are key, then start your search with Crumplebury, Oxleaze Barn, Hillside Brewery or Hellens Manor.
Homely and handmade
If it’s a wedding you are planning, see what aspects of the day can be made green. Email save the dates and invitations, present your favours in reusable paper bags, make your own decorations and light your tables with handmade candles in little jars from charity shops. You could even do away with paper place cards, in favour of baking personalised biscuits.
Grill your suppliers
Do they recycle? Can they offer eco-friendly alternatives? Do they supply reusable cups and aluminium straws? The government remains committed to a plastic ban of straws, stirrers and cotton buds, albeit that the date has been pushed out to October 2020, so these things should be on supplier’s minds. Are there eco-friendly suppliers you can hunt out to join the team?
Dinnerware, clothing, decorations – you’ll be doing your bit for the environment by renting what you need for your event. Think about all the things that will be thrown away by the time the day is over. Plus, you can save a lot more of your budget by renting items.
Search for a local company with a good eco-friendly ethos who uses local suppliers and produce. If you are using the venue’s in-house chef, don’t be shy to ask where the food comes from, and if they are able to offer ideas for eco-friendly alternatives.
Some confetti is made of plastic or foil, and could end up in the landfill for hundreds of years to come. Instead, you could use dried flowers, old book pages or real petals. Or, if you are strapped for time, there are lots of natural wedding confetti makers online.
Green events are not just for the eco-conscious, having a greener mindset can help simplify your plans, and reduce costs. It also sets a great example for others to follow. So, the environmental impact is not just of benefit for your event, but can influence other events in the future too.