I was interviewed last week by KYW 1060 radio about Green Weddings; and if more couples having Philadelphia weddings are requesting them.

 

Heck YA!

 

Not only are they requesting them but I’m offering more ideas to each couple…

 

The one important part of the interview for me was one simple statement:

 

“Green weddings are not an all or nothing deal, each thing you can do makes a HUGE difference.”

 

I was very fortunate last week to be part of a couple’s wedding who really understood the impact their wedding was having on the environment.

 

Beth and Andrew know what it is to be eco-friendly, have a social conscience and make simple decisions which made a difference…

 

They knew that a large number of their guests would be flying great distances so shuttles were arranged to transport guests – carpools and shuttles great far less CO2 and use less fuel than each couple driving.

 

The ceremony and reception were held on the same property – so less energy was used moving from one space to the next.

 

The entire bridal party stayed, got ready, enjoyed an after party and guest were treated to a post wedding brunch in a guest house – the same property where the wedding ceremony took place.

 

The day time ceremony held outdoors utilized the beautiful gardens of the guest house, as well as the natural sunlight… another energy saving!

 

Because Beth and a large number of their friends are vegetarians a majority of the selections for the cocktail reception were vegetarian.

 

Vegetarians save over 3,000 pounds of CO2 each year over meat eaters… guests were offered a meat free Piccata made with Quorn, lemon, capers, white wine, and fresh herbs.

 

A majority of the other foods were either local or organic or both – (A 5-pound package shipped by air across the country creates 12 pounds of CO2 -3 ½ pounds if shipped by truck).

 

The club also recycled all glass, aluminum and plastic from the entire weekend wherever possible.

 

As if they hadn’t made enough amazing choices for their wedding… Beth and Andrew made charitable donations in honor of their guests in lieu of wedding favors…

 

One to Compass Community Services in San Francisco, where the couple resides – Compassassists homeless and low income families in identifying negative behavior patterns, and acquiring skills needed to live independently.

 

And lastly, to Carbonfund.org – a great organization leading the fight against climate change… they used the wedding calculator to see how much carbon was produced by guests traveling to, stay over for and eating at the wedding… and then made a donation to offset the carbon footprint made by their wedding.

 

Creating a carbon neutral event!

 

Not only was it a beautiful amazing wedding, but as a wedding consultant who is really trying to impress on clients how to have the wedding of your dreams and make a difference… they taught me a thing or two too.