WEDDING TREND - ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY!
Don't be scared by the idea of a zero waste wedding with the bride walking in a biodegradable paper dress 😊 You don't even have to give up your dream wedding or increase your budget thanks to an eco-friendly wedding. To make it easier on the planet, just stick to a few basics:
Use local vendors
Choose local, seasonal and organic ingredients and products
Reduce disposables, plastics, packaging and avoid chemicals
Reduce your carbon footprint
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION IN ONE PLACE
Choose a venue that can accommodate both the ceremony and the reception and accommodate your guests for the evening. This will avoid a lot of car traffic. At the same time, the wedding venue should be close to your home. If you are looking at a more distant location, it is a good idea to opt for public transport, such as hiring a bus. An outdoor program also saves on energy for indoor lighting!
Try replacing traditional paper invitations with electronic ones, or be trendy and send out so-called "plant invitations" (Green Cat) - i.e. invitations made from growing paper full of seeds that blossom into beautiful flowers!
Although at first impression flowers might seem to be organic in themselves, unfortunately their cultivation is not, thanks to the frequent use of chemicals against insects. Therefore, only purchase flowers from growers who are VeriFlora certified. This means growing without chemicals and under humane working conditions. Use only seasonal flowers - there is nothing more beautiful than a wedding bouquet of meadow flowers.
You can also achieve elegant arrangements with a few flowers or leaves planted in simple glass containers. Look around your home for containers that could be used for this. For example, stands with old Kampot pepper tubes from .pepper..field are great.
The most ideal option is to find a place that has its own food production, or nearby farmers who supply their produce to the place. One such place that is concerned about where the produce comes from, its quality, and how it is grown is Salabka Restaurant. Although not all the produce comes from the Czech Republic, even for that which comes from abroad, they are mindful of nature and the working conditions. So for example, the food at your wedding will be spiced with Kampot pepper, grown and hand-harvested by family farmers in Cambodia under fair trade conditions thanks to the Czech project .pepper..field.
One of the most environmentally friendly options is to rent a dress. Férovky Wedding Salon deals with the topic of ecological and fair dress making. You can both borrow a dress and have it made from quality ecological materials by Czech seamstresses.
Wedding decorations usually generate a lot of waste. Nowadays, there are a plethora of wedding rentals where you can get all the decorations or furniture, one of such is WE agency, where they will not only lend you everything, but also decorate for you. Before you visit a rental agency, first look at what you and your family have at home and how it could be used in the decorations.
If you are looking for a more original gift with a beautiful story, choose Kampot Peppers from .pepper..field. In addition to the delicious and unique pepper, you will be supporting many honest farmers and producers with each gift. The packaging is handmade from Czech glass and wood. You can give small glass tubes to guests and get a gift box for your parents with an engraved ‘thank you’. Check out the wedding section where you can also choose Czech greeting cards.
Do these ideas sound amazing to you, but you don't know where to start? Our friend Pavlina from WE agency, who has lovingly written this article for you, will be happy to help you with your eco-friendly wedding!