AUTHORS BIO: Katelyn has been photographing weddings and elopements across New England for the past decade. Katelyn believes in changing the wedding industry for the better by promoting waste-free, sustainable practices to her clients and colleagues. She sees EFW as a huge opportunity to encourage and enlighten couples to the options they have and to become an ambassador for the planet.
For many newly-engaged couples, deciding on the wedding day menu is an important part of their big day. We all want to serve the best-tasting unforgettable food, right? Deciding to go with an eco-friendly caterer for your wedding is a great way to not only make your special day more sustainable but reduce your environmental impact! We’ve gathered a few tips to help you choose an eco-friendly caterer that will make your wedding meal both delicious and Earth-friendly.
It’s important to look for a caterer who sources local and organic ingredients. This is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and support local farmers and their communities. Being intentional with your catering selection reduces the environmental impact of your wedding, and is a great way to ensure that your food is fresh and delicious!
As mentioned before, the average wedding can produce up to 400-600 pounds of waste! Not only that, 40 billion plastic utensils are wasted every year just in the United States. To reduce the environmental impact of your wedding, be sure to ask your caterer about compostable and recyclable materials. It is best to find a caterer that uses compostable and recyclable materials for their packaging, utensils, and plates. You can help to reduce waste and keep the planet clean!
It’s important to find a caterer who supports sustainable practices. You’ll want to find a company that supports reducing food waste, composting, and energy conservation to name a few. You can ask if they donate leftover food to local charities or use renewable energy sources in their kitchen.
It’s all about the menu, right? Think about offering a vegetarian or vegan menu as a great way to reduce your environmental impact and promote sustainability. Meat production is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so choosing a vegetarian or vegan menu can help significantly reduce your carbon footprint. There are tons of ways to offer variety, flavor, and deliciousness on vegetarian and vegan menus!
This is probably our biggest tip for choosing an eco-friendly caterer for your wedding. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! This is one of the biggest days of your life that deserves to celebrate and honor all that is important to you. Ask questions about their sustainability practices, menu options, and what being an eco-friendly vendor means to them. They should be happy to answer your questions and provide you with information about the importance of their environmental impact.
Choosing an eco-friendly caterer for your wedding is an important step in reducing your environmental impact and promoting sustainability while providing your guests with a flavorful and delicious experience. By choosing a caterer who sources local and organic ingredients, uses compostable and recyclable materials, and supports sustainable practices, you can have a delicious and environmentally responsible wedding celebration. If you need more ways to make your wedding day Earth-friendly, consider these natural wedding toss ideas for eco-friendly ways to keep a wedding day tradition alive.