Post # 1
Hi Bees – Just wondering this morning if any of you are taking into consideration where you are spending your money or how you are spending your money. There are lots of discussion about the “industrial wedding complex” but wanted to take a step further and post a large poll to see just where our thought process is on the politics/environmental consequences of our weddings.
The poll is huge but I thought it would be interesting to see if any of us are thinking about the following environmental/political issues.
Post # 3
We are buying decorations primarily from antique/junk stores and yard sales. Our venue is committed to being ecologically friendly. Our caterer always buys what he can from local farms. Our flowers will be grown by family members & purchased from local farms. My aunt is making my dress. Its a priority to us to support local businesses whenever possible, and to be socially and ecologically conscious in our choices.
That said, this is probably a little easier for us than some, because we live in an area where businesses generally already make those things a priority & because we want a laid back & casual wedding. Might be harder if we lived in a city and wanted a fancy, black-tie affair, you know?
Post # 4
Having a green wedding isn’t really one of our priorities, but I do have a “less stuff” mentality in general. We’re skipping things like elaborate decor or favors because I think most people ignore those things anyway and it just ends up being more junk. Most of our vendors are independent businesses as well, which wasn’t a must but was definitely something we preferred for several reasons.
Our caterer puts a major emphasis on sourcing local seasonal ingredients, but I think that’s pretty standard for the area we’re getting married.
Post # 5
It hasn’t been my biggest priority, but here are some of the ways in which my wedding will be a little greener/less corporate than average, several of which I didn’t see listed:
No engagement ring; heirloom wedding band (no mined metals or jewels)
My wedding dress is being made for me by a friend (though she’s not local, so there’s some shipping back and forth)
We picked my caterer in part because they source tons of their ingredients locally and (where possible) organically, and have their own organic herb garden and beehive.
I asked my florist to use all local, seasonal flowers. Also, no wedding party, so fewer flowers that need to be bought.
Small guest list – lower carbon footprint from flying, consumes fewer resources
No disposable dishes
Venue is my mom’s house, so we won’t be using tons of extra energy for lighting/cooling
Still, there’s no getting around that a wedding is a big event, and thus consumes more resources than an ordinary saturday night. I don’t have a problem with that, since it’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and I’m very green in my everyday habits. (Small apt. in the city, no a/c, no car, keep heat at 62 in the winter, recycle, vegetarian)
Edit:Oh yeah, no favors or disposable decor other than flowers.
Post # 6
Why would a vendor being “non-corporate” be a positive thing?
Not all large corps are the sterotypical “big, bad” giants that are featured in movies.
Post # 7
@PinkPinstripes: not a diss on corporations – more about keeping the $ local.
Post # 8
How do you define corporate? we used the chapel and conference center at a university in the town where my parents live. Would that be corporate? It’s certainly not some mom and pop diner. Would it be local? It’s most definitely not where I live.
I bought my dress in China, but then, I was living in China at the time, earning a Chinese salary, so yeah, I guess I kept that one local enough.
As for flowers, we mostly skipped them, used garden flowers for what we needed, and did lots of candles instead.
Post # 9
the title of this post and the question in the poll totally confused me!
Post # 10
@Mrs. Meowerson: I think she means geographically where. I was totally confused too, I had to read it twice before I started to “get” what she meant 🙂
Post # 11
Most of our decorations came from my cousin’s wedding last summer and most of those are planning on being reused in our apartment after the wedding and/or passed on to my other cousin for his wedding in two years. And we’re buying our flowers directly from the farm (most likely)
Post # 12
We had our ceremony and reception at a family owned venue. Most of our vendors were local – no chains. We used all silk flowers for decor and attendant flowers. Any left over decor was given to our DOC to use with her future brides. I would say that our “chain” vendors were Friar Tux and Costco/BevMo (for alcohol.)
Post # 13
weve kept things pretty simple, i guess most of our money is going to jamaica, we are having a destination wedding.
Post # 14
I re-sold all of my decorations and our favours were oak trees in reusable burlap bags. My dress was made in China however.