Getting married in California? The good news is that there are plenty of eco-friendly wedding venues around and they can offer everything that you need for your special day but without boosting your carbon footprint. The last thing you want after your special day is to feel as though you have caused further damage to the planet, but choose the right venue and most of the usual damage can be avoided.
Twenty Mile House
If you want to get married in a mountain setting, Twenty Mile House could be the right venue for you. Built in 1854, this is a former stagecoach stop and offers a beautiful and secluded venue on an eco-estate that covers around 200 acres. This is a great place for those who want to relax in a private cabin. Twenty Mile House has been hosting weddings for more than 20 years and there are wedding planners on hand to help you to have the day of your dreams. You can opt for the Signature Weekend All-Inclusive Eco-Elegant package that includes accommodation for two nights as well as the ceremony and all the extras.
Located in Marin County, Cavallo Point is a great wedding venue in the Bay Area with amazing views. Weddings can be held outdoors throughout the year thanks to the mild weather but there are also indoor options if you prefer. Cavallo Point is the first venue on the National Register of Historic Places to achieve the Gold LEED certificate from the US Green Building Council. There are more than 30 buildings spread across 45 acres. The buildings have environmentally friendly features such as solar panels, low VOC products such as paints and carpets, recycled wood and low-E glass, ensuring that if you have your wedding here, you will be doing your bit to help the planet.
The Meritage Resort
The Meritage Resort is also a spa and now offers a number of eco-friendly options for those who want to get married there. One of the green options for your wedding reception meal is to choose ‘picnic-style’ meals so that the vast amount of china and linen does not have to be cleaned afterwards, saving gallons of water. This has the added benefit of creating a very informal celebration after the wedding.
In addition, the resort also encourages couples to choose features such as napkins that can be recycled and green ware cups and plates. Food for the wedding reception can be organic and locally-sourced as well as the wine. Recycling is very important at the Meritage Resort and all paper products are made from recycled materials.
Every bride and groom knows that it is important to get the right wedding venue, but these are just a few of the venues available to you that show you do not have to compromise on style or luxury to ensure that your eco-friendly commitment does not waver.
When you want an eco-friendly approach to your wedding, this should be applied to every last detail of the day. You may have looked into the reception venue itself to find out if it has eco-friendly credentials, but did you consider how your reception room is going to be decorated?
The good news is that it is very easy to take an environmentally-friendly approach to your reception decorations. One tip is to focus on the natural. If you opt for natural fabrics like organic cotton for your table cloths and napkins then you have a good basis for your table designs. You can then add on to this with other natural features.
Hessian-style table runners have a very rustic look and will work well no matter what colors you put with it. Flowers are a good choice for table decorations and you can be very creative with them. However, you need to think about where you get your flowers from. A standard florist may be importing flowers from other parts of the country or even from abroad so that you have a good choice all year round. The problem with this is that even though flowers are natural they may have a substantial carbon footprint. You need to be sure that the flowers that you choose are grown locally and have not traveled far. You can even take this a step further by growing your own flowers for the reception. You could consider wild flowers during the summer but be careful where and what you pick as there may be restrictions.
For a winter wedding it may be that your choice of flowers is limited unless you live somewhere where the weather is good all year round. If this is the case you do not have to lose out – consider foliage and greenery. A wedding at Christmas, for example, would not be complete without holly and ivy used to decorate tables and to create interesting decorations for side tables.
Candles also make good table decorations and you can rent lanterns and candlesticks so that your tables all match. You can make your own candles easily for that personal touch and they can easily be colored to match the scheme of your wedding. Just remember that if you are going to use candles you may need extras as some might have burnt out after a few hours.
Table confetti is also a popular choice for decorations at a wedding and you can make your own from old books or recycled paper. Use a craft punch to get different shapes such as hearts, butterflies and flowers so that it can fit into your theme.
All it takes to get the eco-friendly decorations that you want is a little planning. Ensure that you source locally for the most environmentally friendly options and it does not hurt to keep it simple – the day is about you, not your design skills!