4 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Wedding
It’s wedding season in Prospect Park, and we’ve got love on the brain. Love for the couples taking the plunge, and love for the park and planet! More and more, couples are looking for ways to reduce their wedding’s impact on the environment. Tying the knot in either of Prospect Park’s wedding venues, The Picnic House or The Boathouse, offers wonderful options for keeping a wedding “green.” We talked to Purslane, exclusive caterers at The Boathouse and one of the many great catering options at The Picnic House, about some of the best ways to reduce a wedding’s footprint.
Location, Location, Location!
Choosing a place to get married brings up so many questions: is the vibe right, how many people can it accommodate, how late can we keep the dance floor going?
Sustainability is another lens through which to view your venue: can you have the whole wedding in one location that's local and convenient for your guests? You’ve just reduced fuel emissions! Does the venue feature natural lighting? Less electricity used.
Plus, you may be able to find a venue that contributes to a green cause. For example, proceeds from Prospect Park weddings support Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit that cares for the park.
Vendors are a huge part of any wedding, and finding vendors who prioritize sustainability is easier than ever. Find a wedding planner who specializes in green weddings to discuss the breath of your options, choose an organic florist to reduce chemicals in soil, and hire an eco-conscious caterer to reduce food waste and unnecessary plastics. “Purslane is committed to taking the sustainable path,” says Alexandra Townsend, Director of Sales and Marketing for Purslane at the Prospect Park Boathouse and Picnic House. “We consistently implement new eco friendly practices and methods of reducing waste.”
While you might love the look of peonies, sourcing them out-of-season means those flowers will need to come a long way before they reach your wedding, requiring air travel and refrigeration, definitely not eco-friendly. Alternately, consider sourcing flowers, food, and any other goods locally. You’ll minimize their travel, reducing fuel emissions, likely cut down on unnecessary packaging, and give back to your local community. Says Townsend, “It has been estimated that the average American meal travels about 1,500 miles to get from farm to plate! Purslane uses sustainable, organic, pesticide-free and antibiotic-free ingredients and products from local farms.”
Reuse, Recycle, Compost
Find ways to reduce the number of single-use plastics in your wedding by opting for reusable items, items that can be recycled, or even items that can be composted! “We avoid plastic water bottles (in favor of good old New York City tap, or glass and aluminum), and avoid all single-use and non-recyclable plastics,” says Townsend.