The beautiful state of Arizona is home to many amazing wedding venues that have the potential to make your big day one that you will never forget. However, what if you’re looking for a venue that has eco-friendly credentials? The good news is that there is more than one to choose from, so no matter what your tastes are, you’re sure to find a great match.
Loews Ventana Canyon
This is a resort located in Tucson close to the Santa Catalina Mountains. The venue has been awarded a bronze level in the GreenLeader category from TripAdvisor because the management has taken a number of steps to make this a much more environmentally-friendly location. Greener features include energy-efficient lighting, a number of fixtures that are designed to save water, a composting system and a garden filled only with native plants. On the property you’ll find the only natural waterfall in the city – a great backdrop for your photos! – amazing gardens, mountain views and views of the desert. Activities offered by the resort include golf, tennis, swimming and a luxury spa. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive destination then this could be the one for you!
Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa
This is also ideally located in the Tucson area and in the foothills of the Catalina mountains. This venue has also been given a Bronze Level award by Trip Advisor and no matter what the size of your wedding, this venue has something for you. Whether you’re inviting 10 guests or 500, there are facilities that will be perfect. There are both indoor and outdoor event spaces and you can even take the family pet along. If you’re looking for a place to have both the wedding and the honeymoon, this could be it.
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Joining the ranks of the Bronze Level award holders is the JW Marriott Starr Pass venue. This can be found to the west of Tucson close to the mountain park. When you choose to hold your wedding here you get two nights free and there are plenty of other extras to enjoy. With the eco-friendly features such as energy and water saving measures in place, you can enjoy your wedding without worrying about the impact that you’re having on the environment. Facilities include a pool, luxury spa and a golf course where the grounds maintenance is completed chemical-free.
This is just a few that you could consider but if you’re looking for an eco-friendly venue then ask your coordinator about the sustainability measures that your venue is taking. It could be that they have a policy of using only local suppliers, or that they grow their own fruit and vegetables for the restaurant. Every little measure can have a positive long-term impact and can help to give you the greener wedding that you are hoping for.
If you want an eco-friendly wedding then it is a good idea to work out which is the most eco-friendly season to hold your wedding. There are different eco-friendly advantages to each season and you have to choose the ones that will best complement your wishes and theme of the day.
Spring flowers are always popular at weddings and to have them at any other time of the year means that you are supporting commercial growers from other areas, adding to your carbon footprint. Floral crowns are an eco-friendly alternative to tiaras for both the bride and the bridesmaids, or simpler real flower hair accessories. Spring is also a good time to sow seeds and the popularity of wild flower seed packs as wedding favors means that your guests can attend your wedding and transform the look of their garden just in time for summer!
A summer wedding allows you far more choice of venues, particularly if you want to keep the natural feel and have your wedding outside. Receptions can be held in marquees and there will be no need to create a background for your photographs – nature does all of that work for you! Remember that a wedding held indoors will use a lot more electricity and other forms of energy to keep it going. An outdoor wedding means that you can make use of the extended daylight hours and keep your energy use to a minimum.
A rustic theme is great for an autumn wedding and the good news is that it is also an eco-friendly one. A barn wedding (if you have a barn for hire nearby!) is always a good choice. Why not provide your guests with an edible place card? At this time of the year apples are plentiful (although it helps if you know somebody who has an orchard!) and all you have to do is write names on a small piece of card and tie it to the stalk of the apple. Burlap bags also look great at a rustic wedding and they are perfect for the wedding favors. It is a natural material and the bags will serve as a lasting reminder of the day.
Eco-friendly weddings in winter are a little harder to pull off. Weddings and the reception generally have to be held indoors, depending upon which part of the country you are in, and this means that you need to do a little hunting for your eco-friendly venue. Wedding accessories can also be an issue. Flowers for example, can be a problem. If you want specific flowers then you are usually be using imported flowers or getting them from a supplier that has force-grown them in a greenhouse. These options are not eco-friendly. Opt for what nature already has. Holly, ivy and mistletoe can help to bring nature indoors for you and you can often find these in your own back yard.
No matter what time of the year you want to have your wedding there will be an option that will help you to keep it eco-friendly, but remember that sometimes, what works during one season will not necessarily work during another!