Green weddings? Really? Aren't there bigger issues to think about? Maybe, but did you know that there are over two million weddings a year in the United States alone. According to the GreenBrideGuide.com, each one of those weddings includes an average of 150 guests and produces an average of 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 400 to 600 pounds of garbage. That's over 120 million tons of carbon dioxide and over one billion pounds of garbage each and every year in the U.S. alone. I'd say that's a pretty big issue!
Admittedly the numbers are smaller in Canada with approximately 165,000 weddings every year. However, based on the U.S. numbers, Canadian weddings produce over 10 million tons of carbon dioxide and 90 million pounds of garbage each year.
Whether or not you choose to hire a wedding planner or do-it-yourself, there are numerous ways, both small and big, that you can reduce the environmental impact of your wedding without sacrificing the quality of the experience. The two major components to consider are location and food.