Could eco-friendly weddings soon be the norm?

While at the moment only a small percentage of people make their wedding as eco-friendly as possible, in some parts of the world steps are being taken to encourage greener and more environmentally-friendly ceremonies.

India is one of those countries where – for many people – a lack of materialism makes it easier to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. It has now been revealed that the government in the Kerala region wants to work with religious and social groups to encourage people to plan their day with the environment in mind.

The government there has already successfully implemented green strategies when planning major events including the Malayatoor Perunal and the National Games and this has given the authorities the boost they need to promote green strategies for weddings. Some of the district administrations have already launched strategies on planning eco-friendly weddings. The plans have been well-received so far and it is expected that a full green strategy will be in place soon.

What about other countries?

While there may not be an official policy in other countries about planning a green wedding, there are the facilities, products and services in countries all over the world for you to ensure that your own special day is as environmentally-friendly as possible. Most countries do have laws and regulations on the reduction of carbon emissions and programs that encourage eco-friendly practices.

How easy is it to achieve an eco-friendly wedding?

The truth is that it is easier than you might think. All you have to do is think about the factors that can add to your carbon footprint and change them. Consider a few simple changes such as:

  • Use decorations from biodegradable and recycled materials
  • Opt for vintage and recycled outfits for the bride and bridesmaids
  • Use local suppliers
  • Arrange car pools to reduce the number of vehicles being used

There are plenty of other ways that you can make your day eco-friendly and with a little imagination it will be a very memorable occasion.

Think about barn weddings, which will give your day a rustic feel or opt for one of the modern hotels that have been built with all the latest eco-friendly features that you could wish for, from solar panels for energy production to greener housekeeping policies. Head for one of the eco-friendly lodges that are appearing in resorts, towns and villages in many countries and opt for a honeymoon where there are plenty of environmentally-friendly features.

Finally, don’t forget that it is just as easy to keep your jewelry eco-friendly. At Ecoura we produce wedding rings from renewed gold and for every engagement ring purchased we plant a tree, helping to give back to the environment. Visit one of our jewelers today and choose from our range of elegant and stylish designs for the finishing touch for your wedding!

Eco-Friendly Honeymoons in Africa and Mauritius

Trying to find an eco-friendly honeymoon destination is actually far easier than it used to be. Many hotels and resorts are working hard these days to achieve green accreditations and many have already put eco-friendly measures into place. Destinations in places such as South Africa and Mauritius may be far away from home but the green measures they have put into place will help to counteract any damage done to the environment by your travel there.

Mauritius?

Mauritius is a very romantic and exotic destination which is why it is very popular for honeymoons. The soft white sands and the wonderful weather are just two of the reasons why people visit along with the luxury touches such as a private island for your honeymoon suite. A number of resorts here have already earned green certification. There are two Club Med resorts here that have been Green Globe certified and are already dealing with basic eco-friendly requirements such as recycling and reducing energy consumption. The Mon Choix eco-lodge at Port Louis offers everything you need from solar powered energy production to reduced use of chemical-based cleaning products and the location is ideal for those who want to be within easy reach of all the main attractions.

Mauritius has so much to offer. The lifestyle here is far less hectic than most people are used to. The buses here date back to the 1970s and there are plenty of excursions that you can go on. Spend a little time at the market in Port-Louis or spend some time hiking or cycling.

Africa?

If you want to get closer to nature on your eco-friendly honeymoon, then Africa could be the best destination. South Africa in particular has much to offer, thanks to its numerous safari and wildlife parks. Many of the safari holiday operators offer accommodation in eco-lodges now, where energy consumption is reduced with the help of solar power and other energy-saving measures. They have features such as organic gardens where they grow produce for the kitchens and some will even take part in community projects such as the building of schools.

Your safari honeymoon will bring you into close contact with lions, zebras and other creatures before you return to your eco-friendly accommodation. You could also spend a little time on South Africa’s coastline snorkeling, scuba diving or just doing a little beach-combing. Fishing trips are available for those who like the idea of catching their own supper. Many of these trips are run by eco-friendly operators.

Both?

If you are having a little difficulty making up your mind why not visit both places? If you can get a few extra days for your honeymoon then a two-part trip will be worth it. Talk to your travel agent about arranging accommodation and excursions that meet your eco-friendly principles.