One of the easiest ways to cut the carbon footprint of your wedding is to take a closer look at transportation on the day of. There are a number of ways that you can cut this back without expecting the wedding party and all the guests to ditch four wheels all together and make it to the venue on two feet!
Depending upon the region that you live in there are several different unusual options that you might want to consider to give your wedding a unique flavor that will not have the damaging impact on the environment that you might be worried about.
What about an eco-chariot or rickshaw? These are very distinctive forms of transport and are sure to get all your guests talking. Perhaps better for a wedding in a quieter town (no battles with heavy traffic!), these will have almost no impact on the environment.
There are a number of environmentally friendly cars that you could consider. Hybrid vehicles have a much lower carbon footprint than standard cars and as many people are now looking at this particular aspect of their wedding, there are wedding car providers that are including the eco-friendly hybrids as part of their fleet. However, there are also some regular limos that have been modified to use a more environmentally friendly fuel. Be sure to ask the providers when you call what they do to protect the environment. There may be a service that uses regular cars but has a system in place to offset their carbon footprint.
Carpooling is one of those options that needs careful coordinating. How many people will be driving to your wedding with one or more spare seats in the car? How many people will be going to the wedding by themselves? Arrange for carpooling so that the number of cars in use on the day is reduced and it is also a great way for you to introduce some of your guests to each other before the wedding.
Public transport might seem like one of those impractical options but it is actually catching on as a choice for wedding transportation, particularly if budget is a consideration. It might not be practical if you are having a large wedding and need to get 200 people from one place to another and you need to be sure in advance that it will get you there on time, but it is worth considering for its eco-friendly credentials.
Another form of wedding transport that does not require an internal combustion engine is the horse-drawn carriage. You really cannot get more traditional than this and the carbon footprint of this form of transport has to be one of the lowest around. This has a far more romantic feel to it than any of the other forms of transport, but it is one that is mainly for the bride and bridesmaids on the way to the church and the bride and groom on the way back. Arranging this for all guests could be a little trickier!