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.
When planning your wedding, choosing an eco-friendly venue is a great way to make a positive impact on the environment and still celebrate in a beautiful space. But how do you know if a venue is truly eco-friendly? So, if you are in the busy season of wedding planning and looking for an eco-friendly venue we have gathered a few questions to ask before booking!
It’s important to understand the venue’s commitment to sustainability. Ask about their policy and what steps they take to reduce their environmental impact.
There are several organizations that offer green certifications to businesses that meet certain environmental standards. Ask about your potential venue certifications and see if those complement what you value! Some of the most well-known certifications include LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Green Seal. If a venue has one of these certifications, it’s a good sign that they’re committed to sustainability.
Look for venues that use renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power. Do they use energy-efficient appliances and lighting? Do they have a water conservation plan? The answers to these questions will give you a good idea of how environmentally friendly the venue is. If they don’t, ask if they have plans to transition to renewable energy in the future.
Ask about the venue’s waste management practices. Do they recycle? Compost? Donate leftover food to local charities? Do they have a plan to reduce food waste? The way a venue handles waste is a good indicator of its overall commitment to sustainability.
Encourage attendees to use public transportation or carpool by choosing a venue that’s easily accessible by public transit or that has ample bike parking. If the venue has a parking lot, ask if they have electric vehicle charging stations. The availability of transportation options can make it easier for guests to get to and from the venue without using a car.
Ask if the venue uses Earth-friendly cleaning products, biodegradable utensils and plates, and other sustainable products. These small changes can add up to make a big impact!
Look for venues that partner with local businesses to source food and other materials. This reduces the carbon footprint of transporting goods and supports the local economy. Do they support local charities? Do they offer volunteer opportunities? Supporting social causes is another way that venues can make a positive impact on the world.
When searching for an eco-friendly venue, be sure to ask some of these questions to ensure that the venue aligns with your sustainability goals. By choosing a venue that’s committed to sustainability, you can reduce your event’s environmental impact and make a positive difference! Head here to see more eco-friendly committed to creating a memorable event that honors the Earth and the environment!