How to Choose an Eco Friendly Reception Venue
When it comes to planning a wedding there are many decisions to be make and if just some of them are eco friendly it will certainly help the environment. For instance, hiring a photo booth for the wedding reception will avoid the use of chemicals used in developing print photos and choosing organic flowers gives a boost to farms that insist on keeping the earth free of pesticides.
However, you can also choose an eco friendly reception venue and that doesn’t mean it has to be outside, although this too, is an option. So what about considering a venue for an inside reception that is a little out of the ordinary? For instance, some museums or art galleries allow the use of their building for other things such as receptions or conferences – and they may even provide catering.
How is this a sustainable choice? The fee you pay the venue goes to its upkeep or it may even be donated to a charity. Or it might go towards implementing new programmes that teach people about the value of the past, or of other cultures. It can go to providing educational programmes for school children who would otherwise not get to visit the place and so miss out on some part of their education.
The grounds of an historic home may also be considered an eco friendly choice because the fee you pay would go towards its upkeep. This is especially good if you can find one run by a non-profit organisation. Using such venues is a bit like recycling; there is no need to create new buildings when older ones can be re-purposed, thus saving on cutting down trees and all the fuel used in the building of it.
Many couples choose to have their wedding outside for eco-friendly reasons, but this is not always possible and you usually need a plan B in case it rains. Having it inside in a place that is used for other things gives your guests a chance to enjoy a different setting without being outside in weather that might not be kind. Plus, it brings a bit of public attention to the place, helping it to be successful.
Of course, it is also possible to find other venues that follow sustainability practices such as recycling and cutting back on the use of paper and plastic products. It’s a good idea to consider reducing the carbon footprint of your wedding in the choice of the venue as well as in other ways, none of which are difficult. When we all do our bit for the earth’s resources and to help keep it from pollution it can only be a good thing and each little bit mounts up until a big difference is made.