Sunday 15 December, 2019

Trinidad Weddings launches 2019 magazine, focuses on the environment

It’s the height of wedding season and while many couples and their families bear the price tag that comes with this often once-in-a-lifetime, expensive celebration, few consider the cost of these events on the environment.

Simone Sant-Ghuran, local wedding expert and Editor-in-Chief of Trinidad Weddings’ Wed-Zine, urges couples to consider eco-friendly weddings. The 2019 issue of her company’s bridal magazine—which launches this weekend—is all about getting on board with the green/sustainable global movement. 

The new issue features everything to know about planning a sustainable/green wedding. It’s filled with eco-friendly wedding tips, ideas, checklists and budgeting for DIY brides, the latest industry trends, bridal wear directly from New York Bridal 2019, real-life stories from seven local newlywed couples, and even local go-to vendors to achieve a sustainable wedding.

Sharing her inspiration for the 2019 magazine, Sant-Ghuran said, “My first inkling into just how much damage we were doing to our earth was from watching the eye-opening Netflix documentary about our endangered marine life, Mission Blue. It got me thinking about our wedding industry and what could we do to ensure weddings affect the environment, as little as possible? Can we do this without sacrificing luxury or quality? And could we celebrate in ways that would create minimal waste?”

Outside the wedding industry, the growing concern is more than a trend. At the 'UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development' currently taking place in New York (July 9 – 18), calls are being made for governments, leaders and policy-makers to take more serious action to protect the natural environment which is rapidly deteriorating. “Perhaps one day, the green wedding movement will be the new normal”, says Sant-Ghuran.

In the new magazine issue, she also discusses how the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018 featured sustainable practices on various levels. The Royals are said to have asked guests to support charities—some of which focused on social causes, insisted on foam-free flower installations and locally-sourced blooms, used products that had been grown at the Queen’s residence in their wedding cake and Meghan selected a gown from ethical fashion designer, Stella McCartney. According to Sant-Ghuran, “While their wedding may not have been entirely “green,” or “zero waste,” it did send signals out to the global event industry, of the way forward.”

Copies of Trinidad Weddings’ Wed-Zine are available at Minicity in Valpark Shopping Plaza; Bakery Treatz, Endeavour Chaguanas; Rainy Days Gift Shop, Ellerslie Plaza and online

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