Planning a wedding is no small task. From food to flowers there's a lot of time and thought that goes in to creating the perfect day. As Mike and I went through the list of things to do we realized that there were a lot of ideas or traditions that didn't fit well with our lifestyle. We made a big effort to make our wedding as environmentally friendly as possible and eliminate wasted resources. After a full year of planning our day came and went and it was absolutely perfect!
We decided a destination wedding was what we truly wanted, and while travel might not seem sustainable we were determined to make it work. We worked closely with different vendors in Prince Edward Island to ensure that we could come up with solutions that met our needs and were possible to achieve. We were pleasantly surprised when we realized how eco-friendly PEI is as there wasn't very much that needed to be specially requested. As far as weddings go, the planning process couldn't have gone any smoother!
None! We used the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island and the venues we chose. A cliff-side ocean view doesn't need decorations. For our reception the pavilion we rented came decorated with white table linens and lights and that's all that was needed to make the night magical. This also made it really easy to clean up afterwards, and we used no extra resources and saved loads of money.
It's all the little things that add up to make a wedding special. We were very happy with the simplicity of our wedding, it made it easy to plan and saved money in some areas so we could use it for things that were more important to us. We hired a top notch photographer and videographer to capture all our memories, and as an amazing added bonus they also donate 10% of their income to help build homes in Haiti.
In order to tackle the extra carbon emissions emitted by flying to PEI we purchased carbon offsets. We bought 5 tonnes which covered all of our guests travel emissions as well as any emissions created by the wedding. We made sure we purchased offsets that go towards a project in the East Coast.
The wedding was everything that we could have imagined and we're sad it's over. But you know what comes after the wedding? THE HONEYMOON!!! Details on that coming soon!
A special thank you to:
Parks Canada - PEI National Park
J. Frank Gaudet Tree Nursery - Saplings
Caseley's - Chairs
Diana Lariviere - Marriage Commissioner
Simon Reid - Photographer
Shannon Reid - Videographer
Fisherman's Wharf Lobster Suppers - Dinner
Stanley Bridge Resort - Accommodations and Reception
Marsha Weeks - Fiddler & Wedding Planner
Hair By Michaela - Hair