Weddings are a special occasion bringing together two people in love, their family, and friends. As you plan your earth-friendly wedding, you'll often have to consider various aspects of the event, including the wedding cake. For most couples the cake is an essential aspect of the wedding celebration, and it is one of the most photographed items on the day. As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, couples like you are looking for ways to make their wedding more sustainable. In this blog post, we will discuss some wedding cake ideas for your sustainable wedding, whats more you'll not even notice the difference, many say sustainable cakes taste better!
1. Choose a Local Baker
One way to ensure that your wedding cake is sustainable is to choose a local baker. Choosing a local baker not only supports the local economy, but it also reduces the carbon footprint of your wedding cake. When you choose a local baker, ask them to be sure that the ingredients used in the cake are locally sourced, reducing the transportation emissions associated with shipping ingredients from far away.
2. Use Organic Ingredients
Using organic ingredients in your wedding cake is another way to make it more eco-friendly. Organic ingredients are grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and other harmful chemicals. By choosing organic ingredients, you'll be supporting sustainable farming practices and protecting the environment from harmful chemicals.
3. Opt for Seasonal Flavors
Using seasonal flavors in your wedding cake is another way to make it sustainable. Seasonal flavors are usually readily available, reducing the carbon footprint associated with shipping ingredients from far away. Additionally, seasonal flavors are often fresher and more flavorful (think strawberries in June!) making your cake taste even better.
4. Choose a Vegan or Gluten-Free Cake
Choosing a vegan or gluten-free cake is another way to make your wedding cake more ethical. Vegan cakes are made without animal products, reducing the environmental impact associated with animal agriculture. Gluten-free cakes are made without wheat, reducing the environmental impact associated with wheat production. Additionally, choosing a vegan or gluten-free cake ensures that your guests with dietary restrictions can enjoy your wedding cake.
5. Decorate with Natural Elements
When it comes to decorating your wedding cake, using natural elements is a greener option. Instead of using plastic or synthetic decorations, consider using fresh locally grown flowers, fruits, or herbs to decorate your cake. These natural elements not only look beautiful but they are also compostable, reducing the environmental impact of your wedding cake.
6. Choose a Smaller Cake
We've all been there, at the end of a party when the host is begging you to take some cake home. Often we go for too much of everything when planning a wedding. Choosing a smaller cake and having just enough for each guest is another way to make your wedding cake sustainable. A smaller cake requires fewer ingredients, reducing the environmental impact associated with producing and transporting the ingredients. Additionally, a smaller cake will leave less waste, reducing the environmental impact associated with disposing of uneaten cake.
7. Opt for a Cake with Minimal Packaging
Choosing a cake with minimal packaging is another way to make your wedding cake sustainable. When you order your cake, ask your baker to use minimal packaging and to avoid using any unnecessary plastic. Additionally, consider using reusable cake stands and plates instead of disposable ones.
Whilst you plan your wedding, you'll increasingly be looking for ways to make your special day more sustainable. By choosing a local baker, using organic ingredients, opting for seasonal flavors, choosing a vegan or gluten-free cake, decorating with natural elements, choosing a smaller cake, and opting for a cake with minimal packaging, you can make your wedding cake more earth-friendly. These small changes can make a significant impact on the environment and help create a more sustainable future.