Are you having a “green” wedding this year or thinking how you can be more environmentally conscious? Don’t forget to consider the food, beverages and dishes when planning your celebration.
- Find a caterer who will provide local and/or organically grown produce and local pasture raised meats.
Holy Wisdom Monastery is pleased to have recently added Willy Street Co-op as one of our preferred caterers. Willy Street Co-op is a full-service grocery cooperative specializing in locally made/raised, natural, and organic foods.
- Consider one of the following for your dishes and glassware:
- Use real glasses, dishes and cloth napkins to avoid disposable plates, paper napkins and plastic utensils going into the landfill.
- Or use biodegradable, compostable dishes and flatware made from cornstarch or sugar cane.
Green Events is a great website that sells plant-based, biodegradable dishes, cups, cutlery, napkins and other eco-friendly party products. Green Events says, “Imagine a Green Event with zero trash. When the party is over, simply put everything – food scrapes, corn cups, sugar cane plates, potato forks, unbleached recycled paper napkins – in the compost bin.”
- Serve local beer and wines when possible.
Capital Brewery is an example of a local brewery just down the road from Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, WI. Or check out Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac. Also Sprecher Brewery sells private labeled beer and soda. How fun would it be to create a personalize label for your wedding day. Alcohol is allowed at Holy Wisdom Monastery but because we do not have a liquor license a cash bar is not allowed.
- Have carafes of water available at each table to avoid using bottled water.
Planet Green says, “First, we must rid ourselves of the notion that bottled water is ‘purer’ or healthier than water from the tap. In fact; often it’s exactly the opposite. What’s more, around 1.5 million barrels of oil are used making bottled water every year, and around 90 percent of them end up in the landfills.”
All of these options for food, beverage and dishware create interesting ways to make good environmental choices and celebrate one of life’s big moments in an eco-conscious way.