Post # 1
I work at a 25-acre sustainability and natural building demonstration site in western Canada which holds many events, tours, school groups, and meetings each year. We’ve been thinking about other events we could hold on site, and of course weddings sprung to mind! Since I’m planning my own wedding right now, my boss asked me to take this on as a research project (sweet!)
I’m just wondering if a green or eco-friendly wedding is something you would be interested in?
Would you trade off a more rustic space for knowing it was environmentally-friendly?
Would you expect the price to be different to a similar ‘traditional’ space?
Did you have a green wedding? Could you tell me a little bit about it?
What does the phrase ‘green wedding’ mean to you?
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
I think you have to sell the space, just as much as any other space. You can justify a slightly increaesd cost if the couple feels as though the venue fits what they are trying to accomplish. I, however, would not book a venue simply because they called themselves eco-friendly.
For example, I would want to know why I should be concerned about having an eco-friendly wedding. More importantly, I would want to know why I would benefit from holding such an event.
Post # 4
@aliavenue: Thanks! It’s a good point about letting people know what an eco-friendly wedding/space could be as opposed to hoping they either already know or have a pre-conceived notion. I was shocked to discover the average wedding produced 400lbs or more of waste, which is making me definitely re-think a few things in my own wedding!
Thanks for your help 🙂
Post # 5
@daniTS: We’re doing ours at an outdoor education center/eco space, and it’s awesome! (check out Islandwood in WA if you’re interested to see how they do things).
I don’t really feel like it’s a trade-off–rustic is “in” right now.
Price was similar to other places we looked at.
There are definitely aspects of our wedding that are “green”: local/sustainable food, all of our buildings are LEED gold, we’re using a lot of recycled/second-hand things and trying to minimize single-use/waste. But it pains me to call any event that you have 100 people flying across the country for “green”.