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Sustainability & Weddings

 My Sustainable Journey

Back in 2019 when I was planning my own wedding, my then fiancé and I were on a sustainability kick and had just started composting our food scraps in our small Manhattan apartment. We also bought glass straws, bamboo to-go cutlery, and switched to 'clean' cleaning products. It dawned on me that if we were making all of these eco-friendly life changes, that we could, and probably should, figure out a way to incorporate them into our upcoming wedding. Naturally, that thought led me down a rabbit hole of Googling 'wedding waste stats'. At that time, there were only a few resources with some real numbers, but these statistics were from 2008 or 2017, and most of them were out of the UK or even India instead of the US. Between the traveling your guests have to do to get to your event, to all the paper goods involved, to the untouched food thrown away at the end of the night, there’s actually a lot of waste that a wedding produces. 

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Basket of Organic Vegetables
Trees From Above

The Stats

  • There are an average of 2.4 million weddings every year in the US alone

  • Approximately 1/10th of all wedding food is thrown out at the end of the night

  • 37% of guests don’t eat edible wedding favors

  • One wedding produces 400-600 pounds of trash and 63 tons of CO2, the same amount of CO2 that five people would produce during an entire year

 Sustainable Vendors

I did that same Google search again recently, and there's really not much of a difference in the information out there. But, there was one thing that had changed, and that's the number of wedding vendors that have started including sustainability in their Instagram bios and as a part of their offerings. Venues are upping their efforts and getting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. Beauty teams have started using clean, cruelty-free products. Florists are shopping local and repurposing blooms. Caterers are sourcing organic, all natural ingredients and composting. As a sustainable wedding planner, we are so happy to point you in the direction of other eco-conscious vendors!

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Gardener
Ways We Are Eco-Conscious

  • All contracts and payments are signed and collected electronically

  • Business cards and any other must haves are printed on recycled paper

  • We work with local vendors for client gifting

  • As a home-based business, we fully compost and recycle

  • I personally have a plant-based diet (born and raised vegetarian, actually!)

  • We have a "leave it better than you found it" mentality 

  • Our rental inventory is 95% preowned decor

  • We're partnering with local compost companies to bring composting to our events

  • We put a database of local eco-conscious vendors in front of our clients 

  • We've incorporated earth-minded charities on our donations list

  • We're constantly learning and seeking sustainable education on both a personal and business level