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4 Must-Do’s When Planning An Eco-Friendly Dream Destination Wedding

 

Eco friendly destination wedding

Four Must Do’s When Planning Your Eco-Friendly Wedding

Climate change is a serious concern; it’s something that affects everyone, regardless of location or circumstance.

Eco-conscious couples who want to plan a dream destination wedding may be concerned about the impact a destination wedding may have on the planet. Couples are increasingly choosing to say “I do” in ways that support, not just their commitment to each other, but their commitment to global integrity. Fortunately, there are ways for couples to have the destination wedding of their dreams while taking care of planet earth. 

 

Can a destination wedding be Eco-Friendly?
Yes, it can! How? With care, planning, and by partnering with a venue that has expertise in both wedding planning and sustainability, management practices. With a bit of pre-planning, an eco-friendly, destination wedding is easier than you may think. Want tips on planning a green and dreamy destination wedding? That’s easy too: simply keep reading.

 

Support Sustainability

First, choose a location that is known to support good envTravellife Gold 2019-21ironmental practices, like Rondel Village. A premier resort in Jamaica, Rondel Village has over 30-years of experience in sustainable management. It’s how they’ve always cared for their lush, two-acre, beach-front property.

Years before eco-friendly options became an expectation of holiday-makers, Rondel Village was pioneering “green” resource management within the Jamaican resort industry. A destination wedding at Rondel Village is ideal for those couples wanting to start their journey in a way that supports environmental awareness and protection. 

 

Indulge in Farm-to-Table Cuisine

Celebrate your nuptials with a farm-to-table fresh dinner prepared exclusively for your dream wedding using only fresh-ingredients, sourced locally. Farm-to-table freshness has been a standard part of the Rondel Village dining experience for decades. The resorts Local Community Policy and their on-site greenhouse ensures fresh, seasonal, ingredients are always on the menu.

 

Leave Only Footprints

couple walking along beach

Minimize the global footprint of your Jamaican destination wedding by making the conscious effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Follow the three R’s of eco-sustainability to create a beach wedding that is both easy on the eyes and on the planet. 

Ideas that are easy to incorporate in your destination wedding are:

  • Reduce. Reduce paper waste for your wedding by opting for electronic invitations and notifications. Say good-bye to wasteful, non-recyclable paper products, and hello to eco-friendly and creative email options. Your guests and Mother Nature will appreciate your personalized and waste-free efforts.
  • Reuse. Reuse decor items. Take full advantage of elegant decor options provided by your destination wedding venue. Expert wedding coordinators can personalize the theme and decor of your wedding to your satisfaction by using classic pieces already on hand. Save on checked-baggage fees and limit your impact on the planet? Win-win!
  • Recycle. For the ultimate eco-conscious bride, opt to wear a vintage wedding dress on your big day. Let the romantic notions and styles of yesteryear help captivate your partner and invited guests by wearing a re-claimed or upcycled wedding gown. 

Not into vintage? Select attire options that are in-line with your wedding vision and kind to our planet. Example: choose apparel for you and your wedding party that can be easily worn after your big day is over. 

Choose Seasonal Florals

red hibiscus bloom

Flowers at weddings are a traditional “must-have.” For wedding bouquets, arrangements, and other floral decors use flowers that are in season. Destination weddings located in Jamaica have year-round options for couples to have fresh, in-season, and locally grown flowers to accentuate their weddings. 

Sustainable Start

Dream weddings can be indulgent and eco-friendly when held at Jamaica’s Rondel Village. Wedding planning can include both your desires and the planet’s needs if sustainability is chosen as part of the planning process. For a dream destination wedding in Jamaica that meets your exclusive tastes and doesn’t harm the planet, choose the sustainability and wedding experts at Rondel Village. It’s a great way to start your journey into marriage on a solid, sustainable foundation.

 

Rondel Village is a premier resort destination favored by Jamaica’s vacationers for over thirty years. A family-run business, Rondel Village is the perfect location for experiencing the beauty, culture, and friendly people of Negril, Jamaica. Contact the vacation experts at Rondel Village and start planning your dream vacation today!

pristine beach

Why Sustainable Tourism Makes Sense

Much of the tourism industry around the world, and certainly in the Caribbean, relies on beautiful, pristine environments and clean water to attract visitors. Who, after all, wants to get away from it all and go stay in a polluted garbage dump? And yet,  the hospitality industry is very energy intensive, and often polluting —think of all the food waste, the single-use plastics, the need for multiple loads of laundry and the essential swimming pools. All together, hospitality industries add more than their share to world pollution.

In fact, food waste accounts for about 35% of all food purchased by a hotel. The typical tourist generates more than 1 kg of waste every day and generally uses more water than local residents, as they expect amenities such as swimming pools, lush gardens and golf courses. This can have serious consequences in developing countries and places where water availability is scarce.

Additionally, coastal areas need to content with the pollution from cruise ships as well. Indeed, studies have shown cruise ships dispose of a staggering 150,000 gallons of sewage into the ocean per weak. This wasteful disregard for the environment impacts the tourist industry by damaging coral reefs, both through pollution and activities such as snorkeling or diving in these sensitive ecosystems. This is why sustainable tourism is the best way forward.

What is Sustainable Tourism?

Sustainable tourism is an integrated approach to sustainability that aims to decrease the tourism industry’s negative impact on the environment and local culture. A sustainable approach to tourism aims to increase the industry’s positive impact for local development and employment – all while providing an excellent experience for visitors.

Providing Service While Being Environmentally Conscious

Travellife Gold Award Sustainability in Tourism

At Rondel, Village our Environmental Management System ensures that all our operations adhere to our strict environmental standards while maintaining visitor and staff satisfaction, excellent relations with the community, and our financial viability.

Our goal is to provide a stellar experience for our customers and fulfill their desire for comfort and convenience, while reducing our negative impact on the environment. Some resorts may give sustainability lip service; we live by it. We respect our guests while also respecting our environment, employees, local culture and strive to reduce consumption and waste. 

As recognition of our commitment to environmental sustainability we’re proud to have won the Travel Gold Award  for Sustainability in Tourism for 2016-18 among other awards. We have implemented sound environmental practices in the management of our hotel since 1998 and are strong proponents of sustainable tourism as we demonstrate through our sustainability program.  It just makes sense for everybody and the environment as well — both in the short and long term.

Small and Big Actions Sustainable Add Up

Sustainable tourism takes commitment but is really a series of choices when a lot of small and bigger actions add up. It’s something as small as making use of the backside of printed paper for note-taking. It’s choosing to install tinted UPVC windows. Bigger choices are investing in rainwater harvesting and solar water heating. It’s installing sophisticated low water consumption toilets and inverter A/C units which use 50% less electricity. The products we choose to use in our hotel are all “environmentally friendly”, in terms of content, packaging, and ease of recycling and disposal.  We buy local wherever possible, operating our own greenhouse to supplement the food we buy from local farmers and fishermen. It all makes a difference.

Commitment to Sustainability by Staff, Guests and Partners

Rondel Village greenhouse

A look at the bell peppers growing in our on-site greenhouse. We source locally whenever we can.

We train our staff and encourage participation as part of our sustainability efforts — and this includes educating our guests as well. Our environment policy is prominently displayed and attendants explain the proper use of the air conditioning and other services and amenities to our guests. We also support local initiatives. For example, we are an active member of Negril Environmental and Protection Trust, among other environmentally-friendly associations.

Through all these actions we hope to preserve the beauty of Jamaica, increase the quality of life for her people, and deliver an exceptional experience for her visitors – for generations to come.

Rondel Village’s Sustainable Practices

Read more about our sustainable practices. You are, of course, welcome to visit Rondel Village and experience our sustainable practices in person.