In a recent post on its blog, Celebration Gardens mentioned a trend toward more eco-friendly and health-conscious weddings.
But what is a “green” wedding, anyway?
There is no consensus about the definition of green, not just for weddings but also for food and many other products. That said, here are some things to consider if you are planning a green wedding:
- Venue. If you are eco-conscious, you may want to hold your wedding and reception in an outdoor venue. If that’s not possible or practical, is there a venue that is in line with your beliefs? In Central Florida, there are many great options for venues.
- Food. Do you want to serve your guests healthy, organic cuisine? If so, be sure to tell the caterer specifically of your desires. Also, if you have guests who are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, you may want to be sure that there are good options for them. Check out our catering packages for some ideas.
- Flowers. Tradition has gone by the wayside with flowers, so you should feel free to use whatever suits your tastes. (In fact, you should feel free to choose whatever suits your tastes about everything!) The bride doesn’t need to carry a big formal bouquet of flowers, but instead could carry some beautiful herbs mixed with a few blooms from a favorite tree or plant – or carry nothing at all.
- Décor. Weddings with a more organic feel lend themselves to more casual décor. Ask your wedding planner and florist to give you advice based on their past experiences.
- Photos. If your wedding has a more organic feel, you probably don’t want a photographer who specializes in taking formal photos – or at least not all formal photos.
- Wedding planner. If you are hiring a wedding planner, do they have experience arranging the type of event you are wanting? Ask for photos from previous weddings that were similar to what you were thinking. (Aside from validation of their ability, you might also get some new ideas!)
Our best advice: Consider what YOU want, and find the vendors that can accommodate your wishes, whether that’s a casual outdoor wedding with barbecue at the reception or a formal wedding with organic food.