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The environmental impact of traditional wedding ceremonies: unveiling the hidden costs.

As a Civil Celebrant, my commitment to inclusion and sustainability has led me to explore the environmental impact of traditional wedding ceremonies. By understanding the environmental consequences of our choices when it comes to crafting a wedding, we can strive to make a positive difference and ensure that your special day aligns with your personal values.

Having trained as a wedding and vow renewal celebrant with the Celebrant Coaching and Training Academy, I'm dedicated to delivering ceremonies that are meaningful, unique, and environmentally conscious. By blending my love for culture, diversity, and sustainability, I aim to create ceremonies that not only meet your specific needs or secret wishes but also leave a lasting positive impact on the planet.

Unveiling the Hidden Costs

Wedding Venue Selection: Traditional wedding ceremonies often take place in grand, extravagant venues that consume excessive amounts of energy and resources. Consider opting for alternative venues such as outdoor locations, botanical gardens, or eco-friendly venues that embrace sustainable practices. I cover the West Midlands area and there are plenty of beautiful forest and green areas to choose from!

Excessive Decorations and Single-Use Items: The use of elaborate decorations and single-use items, such as plastic cutlery, plates, and disposable decorations, contributes to significant waste generation. Embrace eco-friendly alternatives like biodegradable confetti, reusable tableware, and locally sourced, sustainable decorations that minimize environmental harm.

Food and Beverage Choices: Traditional wedding menus often prioritise extravagance over sustainability. By opting for locally sourced, seasonal, and organic food options, you can reduce the carbon footprint associated with long transportation distances and harmful agricultural practices. Emphasise plant-based or vegetarian menus that have a lower environmental impact. We recommend our friendly food suppliers, Just Wright Catering.

Floral Arrangements: The floral industry is notorious for its heavy use of pesticides, extensive transportation, and excessive waste. Consider choosing locally grown, organic flowers or even exploring alternative options like potted plants, dried flowers, or incorporating natural elements into your decorative schemes.

Wedding Attire: Traditional wedding attire, often worn once and discarded, can have a significant environmental impact. Consider renting or purchasing pre-loved wedding dresses and suits, or opt for sustainable fabric choices. Supporting ethical fashion brands can contribute to a more sustainable wedding industry.

By recognising and addressing the hidden environmental costs associated with traditional wedding ceremonies, we can make more conscious efforts to plan and craft ceremonies that will have a greater impact on saving our planet. As your Civil Celebrant, I am committed to helping you design a unique and joyful ceremony that also minimises its ecological footprint. Together, we can make a positive impact on the planet and create memories that will endure while nurturing the world we love.

Are you looking to have an eco-conscious wedding? Get in touch with me and let's have a chat on how I can help you.


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