Sustainable weddings in Spain

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More Spanish couples than ever before are looking at ways of reducing the carbon footprint of their wedding.

It is easy to have an eco wedding in Spain by following this great advice from the sustainable wedding experts.

Eco weddings save money as well as the planet!

We all know how expensive weddings can be and we are all aware that there is often a huge amount of waste involved.

  • Who really eats every mouthful of seven or eight plates full of rich food?
    Consider a barbeque, giant paella or food stations.
  • How many guests really appreciate the little wedding gifts or “favours” given to them by the bridal couple?
    Give something thoughtful like a packet of seeds and always buy locally.
  • There is often a lot of wedding cake left uneaten.
    Choose a dessert station where guests can help themselves from different sweet options.


What you can do to have a “green wedding”

  • Ask your caterer to
    • offer a menu with fewer courses
    • swap plated meals for food stations where the guests can choose what they eat
  • Find out what happens to any food waste and ask that it is donated to a local charity
  • Avoid plastic products – plastic takes hundreds of years to biodegrade
  • If you must have balloons, request biodegradable balloons that will not harm wildlife
  • Make sure any paper products you do use are made from recycled paper or send email invitations with a link to your wedding website
  • Choose a jeweller who uses ethically sourced gems for your engagement ring such as bespoke jewellers
  • Save “food miles” and only buy local products, foods and services
  • Encourage your guests to share a car or use public transport
  • Throw olive leaves, petals from seasonal flowers or biodegradable confetti


Sustainable wedding suppliers in Spain

Look for wedding providers who advertise their products and services as kind to the environment

  • Sustainable wedding experts Helia Events actively promote ideas for “green weddings” in Spain
  • Environmentally conscious florists such as Ana Mena Arte Floral will offer bridal couples recycled decoration, dried flowers or only cut live flowers that are in season
  • Spanish eco wedding planner Hojas d’Amour  offers lots of free advice in this video interview with Debbie Skyrme from Celebrant Spain who incidentally buys all of her ceremony dresses second hand on eBay!

Just by making some sensible decisions you too can easily make your wedding more “environmentally friendly”, reduce the negative impact of your wedding in Spain and save money as well as the planet!


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Author bio: Debbie Skyrme is "Celebrant Spain".  Award winning bilingual destination wedding celebrant officiating elopements, vow renewals and wedding ceremonies in the Spanish sunshine.