PROTECTING HAWAII'S FRAGILE environment
At Beach Weddings Hawaii we operate according to a humanitarian entrepreneurship business model, whereby doing good is good business. We pride ourselves in designing beautiful, environmentally responsible, low-impact weddings that respect traditional Hawaiian values while at the same time protecting our fragile natural environment.
Beach Weddings Hawaii has a clear sense that traditional wedding consumerism is often wasteful. Therefore, when designing a client wedding, our team believes in using only what we need, recycling what we can, and stewarding our creative process so that all of our events leave no trace.
STARTING A "GREEN WEDDING" MOVEMENT
As residents of the Big Island of Hawaii (one of the most beautiful and precious locations on earth), every member of the Beach Weddings Hawaii team feels a deep responsibility to preserving Hawaii's fragile natural beauty and it's resources. Unfortunately, we work in an industry which produces a massive of waste. With a great deal of thought and careful consideration, we feel we've found a way to create beautiful events for our clients while, at the same time, being respectful to our environment - green weddings.
A green wedding is any wedding where the objective is to decrease the negative impact the event may have on the planet. It turns out there are many ways to do this without sacrificing style or elegance. Green weddings are "eco-chic", which means they are every bit as gorgeous as conventional weddings, but without the waste. An added benefit is that creating a green wedding actually helps our clients save money.
Outside of what a Beach Weddings Hawaii event brings to you, please remember that whether you incorporate just one or two earth-friendly elements, or go completely organic every green choice makes a difference.
A few pointers...
Why Go Green?
Going green on your wedding day has environmental, social, and economic benefits - here are just a few to consider:
Environmental Benefits: Each one of the 2.5 million weddings this year in the United States will produce an average of 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 400-600 lbs of garbage. That's a lot of waste! Consider all of the stuff that goes into conventional weddings: single-use bleached white dresses, chemically treated imported flowers, toxic makeup and skin care products, mined gem-based jewelry, and individual packets of rice, to name a few. It adds up quickly! Picture this: if every wedding this year used a disposable aisle runner and they were laid end to end, they would circle the globe twice. Similarly, the amount of paper used for invitations could cover the entire district of Kailua-Kona. If every engaged couple made just one small green choice, that would be 2.5 million greener choices a year, and that is an amazing impact. Here at Beach Weddings Hawaii, we decided early on to make small choices that would have a small but meaningful impact.
Social Benefits: The average wedding costs almost $40,000 and weddings are a $60+ billion industry. Having a green wedding is an opportunity to make a difference by supporting companies that actively incorporate social and environmental responsibility into the way they do business. When you start talking to vendors about green choices, and explain your choices to your guests, you support the green economy and change the way people in your community think. You can showcase how easy it is to be eco-chic and share your favorite eco-friendly products with your guests. If you've gotten this far and are reading this, thank you - you're the kind of client we love!
Economic Benefits: Being green usually saves a client money, and in today's economy this is probably reason enough to do it! By making simple substitutions and eco-conscious decisions, like choosing to elope (or have a small intimate wedding) or selecting a single off-site location for your ceremony and your reception, you can easily decrease your impact on the planet and the cost of your event simultaneously.
GREEN WEDDING TIPS
Flowers: Over half of the florists in the U.S. use imported flowers that are sprayed with pesticides and fungicides. These chemicals can be harmful to your health and contaminate our fragile Hawaiian waterways and drinking supplies. Using local, seasonal and organic local flowers, which are never sprayed with toxic chemicals, lowers fuel consumption and supports the local floral farming community.
Decor: No matter what your budget or theme, putting a little extra thought into both ceremony and reception decor will reduce one-time use items. The great news is that the design team at Beach Weddings Hawaii already does this for you! Things as simple as reusing ceremony flowers arrangements at your intimate reception helps eliminate the need to purchase extra flowers. Our design team is constantly using The Big Island's natural locations and seasons for inspiration - this provides our team the raw materials to provide you with a number of natural, cost-saving decor ideas such as collecting drift wood or shells from a nearby beach for a summer celebration. Design elements made from vintage items or pieces collected from nature all add a unique personality to your celebration.
Food & Beverage: The team at Beach Weddings Hawaii supports Hawaii's local farmers and organic food producers and can help you design a menu of our pop-up reception packages with fresh, seasonal foods.