We disagree with Kermit. It’s easy being green. ‘Green’ being a word at front of mind for so many of us these days, as we strive to tread more lightly on the earth, I thought ‘where can weddings fit into this scenario?’ There are a number of practical things you can do to ‘green’ your wedding. With apologies to Kermit, all are easy to do, and fun to source and to plan. This is our list, but I bet you could think of more:
- Everyone knows that well-known mantra, ‘Reduce. ReUse. Recycle’. We have one more ‘R’ word to add – RENT! We are frequently astonished at how many couples choose to purchase decor and other items, only to be faced with the nuisance of having to sell them after the wedding is over, while we are over here jumping up and down and yelling ‘ONE STOP SHOP!’ Yes, Sea to Sky Celebrations can rent everything your heart desires for wedding decor, just take a look at our Rental Catalogue if you don’t believe me. Just remember our collection of treasures is always evolving, so some items may no longer be available OR, if you want something you don’t see, just ask us and we can source it for you. Renting your wedding decor and giving it back afterwards without a backward glance, is the ultimate in upcycling. We even offer several all-inclusive decor packages to make your one-stop shopping even more simple, and each package can be mixed ‘n matched to suit you. If you just absolutely have to shop, then make it pre-loved vintage like our recent lovely couple who sourced fabulous vintage plates for their reception. (Photo https://leahkathrynphoto.com/)
- Go local for your reception and gifts. If you plan a Whistler wedding, there’s no need to ship or fly stuff in, everything you need can be found locally (except for your dress, no bridal boutique as yet). Ask your caterer or chef if they can source locally grown produce and other foods, Whistler is a mere half hour drive from Pemberton, a rich and fertile agricultural valley populated with farms producing delicious organic food. Planning a host bar with beer and wine? Speak to our very own local craft brewery, and eschew the overseas wines in favour of domestic BC wines from the Okanagan, many of which routinely win awards on the international stage. Or do as that same canny vintage couple did, and make your own wines complete with personalized labels. (Wine photo https://leahkathrynphoto.com/) Welcome gifts for your guests? Gifts for your maids? Yep, we can do that too, contact Whistler Baskets for ideas, and shop at Keir Fine Jewellery or Ruby Tuesday for bridesmaids and bride gifts. Speaking of jewellery, talk to the experts at Keir Jewellery about Canadian diamonds which are ethically mined right here in Canada – no blood diamonds shipped from thousands of kilometres away for us, thank you.
- Be ethical. Instead of bulk buying and shipping cookie-cutter favours like playing cards, packaged candy and such, please your guests (and save money) by doing a DIY favour like home-made jam, cookies or mini breads, or give something literally green like seeds or, if your guests don’t need to fly home, a potted flower or mini potted tree to plant.
- Making a donation to a charity on behalf of your guests, in lieu of favours, is always a lovely idea, and you can even keep that local by donating to WAG, the Whistler Animal Shelter, or to our Community Services Society which provides multiple valuable local services such as the Food Bank, or the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation which donates $millions to charities annually. Did you see our blog about The Tabitha Foundation, for ethical favours and table decor for a great cause? Read it here.
- Go local on vendors too. Why fly in vendors from elsewhere? Our part of the world is blessed with superb vendors of everything you need….professional wedding photographers whose work will delight the most discerning couple? Yep, got plenty of those, right here in Whistler, and for a peek at the work of some of them, see our Galleries page here. Musicians for ceremony and reception, whether live or DJs? Check. Florists? Check. Cake makers? Check. Dog and baby sitters? Check and check.
So we think we have even Kermit convinced on this one. It IS easy being green – and fun. We would love to hear your ideas too, or hear about what you did for your Green Wedding! Oh and if you liked the sound of the couple who sourced the vintage plates and personalized their own wine, watch out for our NEXT blog, a real wedding blog all about their dreamy country wedding. Coming very soon.