Dundrum’s Airfield Estate and Clontarf Castle have been listed among Ireland’s greenest wedding venues in advance of Earth Day this Saturday.
The wedding venue platform SaveMyDay.ie has curated the list of sustainable wedding locations across the country ahead of Earth Day, April 22, so that in addition to something blue, weddings can also be green.
Dundrum’s Airfield Estatechooses to focus on the quality and the provenance of their food and were recently crowned with the Best Sustainable Practices award from the Restaurant Association of Ireland.
The 38-acre estate and working urban farm offers couples and their guests tasty seasonal dishes, cooked using produce from small-scale suppliers and organically cultivated on the Airfield farm, with the farm being a perfect working example of environmentally sustainable agriculture in Ireland.
Working with small-scale seasonal suppliers means Airfield uses vegetables that are in season, local and from organic sources such as Airfield gardens.
The historicClontarf Castle is an all-inclusive wedding venue providing both ceremony and reception options as well as on-site accommodation for wedding guests and thus reducing travel emissions.
Clontarf Castle has the Green Hospitality Award Eco-label, with the wedding venue’s main eco aims being to reduce carbon emissions by decreasing energy consumption, preserving water resources and minimising waste production.
They are aware that their guests are becoming more eco-conscious and are dedicated to working towards sustainable tourism in Ireland.
“Many of today’s couples are seeking planet positive options to reduce their carbon footprint, avoid excess waste and create more sustainably friendly wedding celebrations,” said Shell Holden, wedding expert and co-owner SaveMyDay.ie.
“Our top tips to adopting more environmentally-kind measures to your big day include considering your wedding location and avoiding lengthy travel times for guests to reduce travel emissions.
“Hosting the ceremony and reception in the same venue will also reduce transport emissions and opt for local independent suppliers that have sustainability policies in place, as this also reduces the environmental impact of long-distance transportation and shipping.”
The website also recommended considering small details, like using natural materials over plastics, in hen and stag parties, wedding favours, menus and packaging and working with local florists to use seasonal wild flowers for table decorations, bouquets and buttonholes.
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