East Wintergarden

How to have a sustainable wedding reception and ceremony

18 March 2022

Weddings are one of the most joyous occasions in a couple’s calendar. But according to reports, wedding ceremonies and receptions can also have a big impact on the environment – and not in a good way.

From excess food to guests’ carbon footprint, it’s believed one wedding can produce as much as 20kg of plastic waste.

This Global Recycling Day, we wanted to share some tips on how to plan a sustainable wedding.

  1. Choose your venue wisely

The venue you choose for your wedding ceremony and reception is key to making your big day as sustainable as possible.

Our East Wintergarden venue has outstanding green credentials. Owned by Canary Wharf Group – the largest sustainable developer in the UK – our flexible, modern and stylish event space has a second-to-none sustainability policy that pledges zero waste to landfill and zero single use plastic.

Plus, we’ve already begun our net zero journey. In fact, we’re set to become a net zero venue by 2030.

  1. Location, location, location

Location is everything when it comes to hosting a sustainable wedding. How will your guests attend your big day? While cars or taxis might be the most appealing way to travel from A to B – we have excellent public transport links located just a stone’s throw away.

This gives your loved one’s access to our venue via the Canary Wharf Jubilee Line, Docklands Light Railway and soon to be open Elizabeth line, the new railway currently being built by Crossrail Ltd. Plus, we have six bus routes that pass through Canary Wharf and a River Bus. For those guests that may be considering sharing car travel there are 6,000 car parking spaces within the Canary Wharf estate.

  1. Use local businesses

Environmental sustainability is not the only benefit you can take advantage of at East Wintergarden. By hiring our unique venue for your wedding reception or wedding ceremony, you can support an entire ecosystem including many local businesses that benefit socially and economically from events taking place. Whether it’s flower arrangements, décor or tables and chairs, we have an array of local suppliers we can highly recommend for your special day.

  1. Catering with a conscience

In times gone by, food has been one of the most wasteful by-products of a wedding.  But don’t just take our word for it. In 2017, supermarket giant Sainsbury’s revealed around £500 worth of food at weddings ends up in the bin. With 15% of all happy couples surveyed saying they chucked away at least one third of their wedding cake. But thankfully, times have changed since then.

At East Wintergarden, we work with a number of award-winning and sustainable caterers all of whom put quality first, without sacrificing on flavour. Whether it’s sourcing local produce, serving vegetarian platters, or rustling up a vegan wedding breakfast. All of the above have a lower impact on the planet.

  1. Consider digital invites

Get your guests on the same page as you by having a go at creating your own wedding website. It’s a handy way to keep your loved ones up to date, track your RSVPs and keep all your ‘wedmin’ in one place. But perhaps the best thing? It’ll cut down on paper waste when it comes to menus, save the date cards and invitations.

However, wedding websites aren’t for everyone. A more traditional way to be more planet-friendly is to use eco-friendly wedding stationary designers.

  1. Use seasonal flowers

We love a beautiful floral display as much as the next bride or groom. But instead of sourcing flowers from far and wide, which aren’t seasonal, use what’s already in bloom at the time of your wedding reception or ceremony.

And don’t forget to use a sustainable florist who grows with sustainable standards.  

  1. Invest in sustainable décor

Who said planet-friendly décor had to be boring? Not us. We know lighting can make a big difference to the look and feel of your wedding, civil partnership, ceremony or reception.

But here at East Wintergarden, we have renewable lighting which can help you shine bright all day long. We also work with a list of top décor suppliers who source eco-friendly practices and reusable materials to help make your wedding a day to remember.

Whether you’re hosting a wedding ceremony, wedding reception, religious ceremony or unique wedding – we can help give your big day a green-glow up. Drop the events team an email to find out more.

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