Events generally have a large eco-footprint, which adversely affects the environment and the health of both humans and wildlife. Just as there is a shift toward more eco-friendly habits in our everyday lives, the same is happening in the event industry. Concerts, festivals, and even the Super Bowl have taken steps to have less of a negative impact. Every decision we make can make a difference, and weddings are no exception to that!
Lavish weddings, while beautiful, tend to be unkind to the environment... but they don't have to be! The average American generates about 4.5 lbs of trash per day, and the average wedding generates about 400 lbs of trash. Throwing a sustainable event does not require sacrificing your vision or favorite elements - there are many ways to make a difference, both big and small. KaraMia Events is committed to bringing awareness of eco-friendly and ethical options to clients throughout the planning process.
KaraMia Events is committed to sustainable, eco-ethical events, and pledges to educate about various options and practices, and to support clients' efforts toward sustainable and ethical events as best as possible!
Eco-Ethical: (adj) While there is no direct definition of the term 'eco-ethical', it essentially means aligning with environmental as well as other ethical values, such as human rights and animal rights. Many environmental and social issues tend to overlap with one another. As an example, many efforts that benefit the environment may also help animals, health, and other social issues.
Zero-Waste: (adj) The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health
Climate Justice: (n) relating the effects of climate change to concepts of justice, particularly environmental justice and social justice and by examining issues such as equality, human rights, collective rights, and the historical responsibilities for climate change. An important concern related to climate justice is that those who are least responsible for climate change suffer its gravest consequences
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I am one of the founding members of the Green Wedding Guild, which is an organization that aims to educate vendors and couples about sustainable practices, encourage sustainability goals, and connect couples to vendors that can help them reach these goals.
I am a certified eco-ethical vendor with The Good Green.
Is it more expensive to hold a green wedding?
Many factors go into determining the cost of any wedding. Overall, green weddings tend to be less expensive, as many couples choose to minimize their needs, or there may trade-offs that offset one another.
Would a green wedding pose any inconvenience to members of my bridal party or my guests?
Generally, no, having a green wedding would not pose any more or less of an inconvenience than any other wedding. Even with a more conventional wedding, a couple or their parents may have some very specific requests that could be comparable in terms of potentially being an inconvenience; it really all depends!
Would I have to forgo the beautiful floral centerpieces and decorations that I want?
You can absolutely still have gorgeous floral arrangements and decor! Opt for locally grown and in-season greens and flowers, and ask your florist not to use floral foam. For other decor, there are countless second hand items for sale and many rental options.
Is it difficult to have a big or cultural wedding and keep it eco-friendly?
In short, no, planning a big/cultural eco-friendly wedding is no more difficult than planning a more conventional wedding. Planning a wedding is difficult to begin with, and adding the extra layer of consciousness to make it green can seem daunting, but if the commitment and mindset shift is there, or if you have someone like a green planner there to guide you, it is a lot easier!
Who handles the composting or other sustainable efforts?
Your vendor team is there to help you reach your goals and create your vision for your big day. For composting, you can hire a collection company to pick up your organic waste, and coordinate with your caterer to have their team sort waste responsibly. In many cases, if you are working with a planner, they can handle the coordination of sustainable efforts for your big day.
Would composting at a wedding or event result in any unpleasant odors?
Nope! Composting at an event simply means that food scraps and other organic waste is discarded into a separate bin than the trash can, just like recycling. This is typically done away from guests by the catering staff after bussing tables. The compost bins are then sealed and picked up by the composting company or responsible party after the event.
Does it have to be all or nothing?
Progress over perfection! It absolutely does not have to be all or nothing - and that goes for being more eco-conscious in general! You can choose to go all in and zero-waste, or you can opt for one or two impactful efforts - something is always better than nothing.