The next part in my ongoing series on planning a green and frugal wedding. So far, I have covered invitations and food and drink, sharing some great ideas for doing things outside of the standard wedding traditions. Today, I’m going to cover something that, for most people, represents the biggest wedding expense – the venue. This is one avenue where its entirely possible to be both green and/or frugal, without seriously defying standard wedding traditions. Essentially, picking a venue comes down to identifying a few major priorities, then finding a location that fits those priorities and your budget.
Last week, I wrote the first instalment of my green, frugal wedding series by talking about how I was foregoing traditional paper invitations in favour of electronic invites and wedding websites. Today, I’m going to talk about food and drink, another issue where you can either stick to traditions, be green, be frugal or better yet, be both.
As I said last week, being either frugal or environmentally responsible when it comes to weddings often requires you to challenge the status quo or the established wedding traditions, and food is no exception when it comes to this. In our case, we are challenging the established traditions about as much as possible, but I’ll get to that in a second.
I’m getting married this summer. Yay me!! When I started this blog, one of the things I knew I wanted to write about was how to have a wedding that is both green and frugal. Because it is possible! Much like anything else in life, you do not have to spend a fortune to be environmentally responsible. And if you choose to have an eco-friendly wedding, you can make a statement to your guests – whether that’s intentional or not is up to you.
In many cases, being either frugal or environmentally responsible when it comes to weddings requires you to challenge the status quo or the established wedding traditions. In some cases, it will require you to challenge your friends and family into breaking out of their comfort zone. This can quickly become a tenuous issue and something that will require navigating over the course of the planning. You may have to make concessions on some things in order to make other things work. Some compromises will have to be made. At the end of the day, try to remember that its your wedding and it should represent you. The most meaningful wedding is one that reflects the personality of the couple getting married. That said, remember to be reasonable (i.e. don’t push people beyond their means).
I’m not going to cover everything in one post, because there is just too much to talk about and we haven’t done everything yet as the wedding is still a few months off. But let’s kick things off with one of the first things we did to save money and minimize our impact on the environment within the wedding – invitations!