Green Wedding Series: Eco-Friendly Catering Tips
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Green Wedding Series: Eco-Friendly Catering Tips

Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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No celebration is truly complete without a little food. Whether you’re simply serving cake, hors d’oeuvres, or going all out and serving a complete meal, your guests will love the tasty delights you offer. Of course, if you’re looking to keep your wedding green and eco-friendly, there are a few measures you need to take when making food plans.

Keep It In Season!

One really simple way to keep your menu eco-friendly is to choose fruits and vegetables that are in season during your actual wedding reception. This requires a little bit of advanced planning, but your caterer or head chef should have a good idea of what will be offered around the time of your wedding. Not only is this better for the environment, but it might even save you a few bucks! If your budget allows for it, opt for organic fruits and veggies instead for extra earth points!

Source Locally

If possible, work with your chef or caterer to bring in local produce and meats. When you source locally, your food doesn’t require as much fuel to get to its final destination. Local food also doesn’t need to be refrigerated for as long prior to being used. Depending on the farmer’s availability, you may be able to have the ingredients dropped off a day or two before your celebration. Talk to your baker about bringing in locally sourced cage-free eggs also. The added bonus is that you’ll be supporting your local farming community.

Consider a Vegan or Vegetarian Meal

Raising meat requires a lot of space. This may mean cutting down trees or clearing out a large field to grow space for a barn or cattle pens. Additionally, excess numbers of cattle produce a huge amount of methane gas, which isn’t great for the environment either. If you’re open to it and you know your guests won’t mind, offer a full vegetarian or vegan meal. It will probably end up saving you some money since meat is expensive. If you know that won’t work for all of your guests, give them the option. Some may want a nice light plant-based meal instead of a heavier meat-based one.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.