Sustainable Wedding Tips Part One

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Part one of our "Wedding Sustainability" series. Read about how to plan a sustainable wedding, and about how that can begin with the proposal.

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Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life. The wedding tradition has been around for thousands of years, and for good reason. When thinking of planning your wedding, you want it to be a reflection of you as a couple. The day is all about you, and if one of your priorities in life is making choices that impact the planet in a positive way, then your wedding can also reflect those priorities. No matter what type of wedding you want, there are ways to make the day sustainable and as little waste as possible. 

In terms of sustainability, weddings can be one of the biggest waste producing days of a person’s life. Now, let us be clear, we don’t buy into the corporate push to make individuals feel massive amounts of guilt for their personal carbon footprint. One person, even one hundred people don’t hold a candle to corporations and their carbon footprint. However, by each person being aware, making other people aware, and all of those people making conscious environmental choices, we can hammer away at climate change, and make sustainability not a trend, but a lifestyle. 

At Suite, we want to give Couples and Sellers resources to create sustainable or zero-waste weddings, and help move the needle forward. 

Wedding Waste Stats 

We don’t want to be depressing, but we think it’s best to educate about the waste that’s involved in a traditional wedding day. 

A few major wedding stats to note:

  • One Wedding produces 400 pounds of trash and 63 tons of Co2. 
  • That translates to 1 billion pounds of trash and the same amount of emissions as around 4 people would produce in the whole year.
  • If we reduced the average wedding emissions by just half, that would be the equivalent to taking 866,847 of the road for an entire year. 
  • 1/10 of all wedding food is tossed at the end of the night. 

Make Sustainable Choices

It’s easy to feel like one person, or in this case a couple making the choice to have a sustainable or zero-waste wedding won’t make a dent on the industry. We’re arguing that with each person who decides that going green is worth it to them, we’re moving the needle forward to a cleaner future. 

Tip #1: Start with Your Proposal

Start with the proposal

When thinking about an engagement, couples are opting to pick out rings together, get each person a ring, or do less traditional things altogether. Whichever camp you’re in, consider a mined diamond alternative for your wedding. There are options between lab grown diamonds, moissanites, and jewel alternatives. We’ve started to do more research on moissanite versus diamonds and are totally sold on the concept. Here’s a few thoughts that sealed the deal for us on moissanites:

  • Because a moissanite diamond is lab grown, it’s entirely conflict-free. That means the diamond you’re choosing hasn’t been mined as a blood diamond to finance a civil war. It’s an important issue, and one that can be entirely avoided by choosing a lab grown diamond.

  • By choosing a diamond alternative from a reputable company, you can be sure you’re not buying from a company that uses exploitative labor, or child labor.

  • Moissanites aren’t mined, thus reducing the environmental impact to almost zero. We say zero because companies that sell moissanites have some environmental impact, but in the choice between lab grown or mined, we’ll pick lab grown.

  • This almost goes without saying, but if you’re looking for an amazing ring at a much lower cost, a moissanite is perfect for you. You’ll get a much larger stone for a much lower price. (& you can feel good about saving that money, while saving the planet 🤝)

Whatever your choice is about your ring, know that you do have that, a choice. 

Because of how large this topic of sustainability in the wedding industry is, we’ve decided to turn this into a blog series. We’ll give tips and our findings, as we research and learn about ways to make weddings better for the planet. We hope that this inspires our users and readers to make sustainable changes not just in the wedding industry, but in our lives in general!

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Sustainable Wedding Tips Part One

Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life. The wedding tradition has been around for thousands of years, and for good reason. When thinking of planning your wedding, you want it to be a reflection of you as a couple. The day is all about you, and if one of your priorities in life is making choices that impact the planet in a positive way, then your wedding can also reflect those priorities. No matter what type of wedding you want, there are ways to make the day sustainable and as little waste as possible. 

In terms of sustainability, weddings can be one of the biggest waste producing days of a person’s life. Now, let us be clear, we don’t buy into the corporate push to make individuals feel massive amounts of guilt for their personal carbon footprint. One person, even one hundred people don’t hold a candle to corporations and their carbon footprint. However, by each person being aware, making other people aware, and all of those people making conscious environmental choices, we can hammer away at climate change, and make sustainability not a trend, but a lifestyle. 

At Suite, we want to give Couples and Sellers resources to create sustainable or zero-waste weddings, and help move the needle forward. 

Wedding Waste Stats 

We don’t want to be depressing, but we think it’s best to educate about the waste that’s involved in a traditional wedding day. 

A few major wedding stats to note:

  • One Wedding produces 400 pounds of trash and 63 tons of Co2. 
  • That translates to 1 billion pounds of trash and the same amount of emissions as around 4 people would produce in the whole year.
  • If we reduced the average wedding emissions by just half, that would be the equivalent to taking 866,847 of the road for an entire year. 
  • 1/10 of all wedding food is tossed at the end of the night. 

Make Sustainable Choices

It’s easy to feel like one person, or in this case a couple making the choice to have a sustainable or zero-waste wedding won’t make a dent on the industry. We’re arguing that with each person who decides that going green is worth it to them, we’re moving the needle forward to a cleaner future. 

Tip #1: Start with Your Proposal

Start with the proposal

When thinking about an engagement, couples are opting to pick out rings together, get each person a ring, or do less traditional things altogether. Whichever camp you’re in, consider a mined diamond alternative for your wedding. There are options between lab grown diamonds, moissanites, and jewel alternatives. We’ve started to do more research on moissanite versus diamonds and are totally sold on the concept. Here’s a few thoughts that sealed the deal for us on moissanites:

  • Because a moissanite diamond is lab grown, it’s entirely conflict-free. That means the diamond you’re choosing hasn’t been mined as a blood diamond to finance a civil war. It’s an important issue, and one that can be entirely avoided by choosing a lab grown diamond.

  • By choosing a diamond alternative from a reputable company, you can be sure you’re not buying from a company that uses exploitative labor, or child labor.

  • Moissanites aren’t mined, thus reducing the environmental impact to almost zero. We say zero because companies that sell moissanites have some environmental impact, but in the choice between lab grown or mined, we’ll pick lab grown.

  • This almost goes without saying, but if you’re looking for an amazing ring at a much lower cost, a moissanite is perfect for you. You’ll get a much larger stone for a much lower price. (& you can feel good about saving that money, while saving the planet 🤝)

Whatever your choice is about your ring, know that you do have that, a choice. 

Because of how large this topic of sustainability in the wedding industry is, we’ve decided to turn this into a blog series. We’ll give tips and our findings, as we research and learn about ways to make weddings better for the planet. We hope that this inspires our users and readers to make sustainable changes not just in the wedding industry, but in our lives in general!