This Is How To Pull Off An Eco-Friendly Wedding, According To Entrepreneur Yuki Tansengco
Every bride is entitled to do as she pleases on her big day.
For influencer-turned-entrepreneur Yuki Tansengco, what fueled her excitement was not her dress, bouquet, or big entrance (though all of hers were as beautiful as can be), but the execution of an ecologically-friendly wedding—a bold statement for this young bride who feels most at home in sand, sea, and sun.
The Higson-Tansengco nuptials took place last October in Siargao, the tear-shaped island that's held a special place in Yuki's heart since she first traveled to the destination many months ago. Having developed a deep love for the island that goes well beyond its candy-swirl sunsets and charming views, this millennial Mrs. made sure to set in place parameters that would make her wedding an environmentally respectful one.
"In our best efforts, we aimed for a zero-waste wedding from the beginning. Martina [Bautista] of The Lightswitch Studio, our event stylist , and I agreed [to] no single-use anything," explains Yuki.
Siargao, though an increasingly popular wedding and holiday destination, is a place that Yuki acknowledges must be preserved. Just as a bride wishes to care for her wedding day's remembrances and keepsakes, the same must be applied to her venue—more so when it's a national treasure and home to priceless, certified areas of biodiversity.
In short, Yuki proves that simply because it's a dream wedding doesn't mean it can't be green, either! Speaking from firsthand experience, she dives deep into how to get this done in style, sharing her own wedding's elements that breathed life into her advocacy.
It's more achievable than you think!
Find a local events team to assist
When Yuki and Martina went to do an ocular for her church and reception venue, they made sure to find a local event organizer to partner with as well. In this case, it was the Events Factory Siargao, and this was done with the purpose of reducing waste and easing logistical burdens. Bringing items to the island then back to Manila would have been costly, too, so a local team that provided Yuki's wedding setup was a massive help.
Of course, it helps to plan with a local partner way ahead of time to ensure that designs, color palettes, specifications, and quantities are all taken care of.
Let her beauty shine
That goes for both the bride and the island.
In Yuki's words, "We [wanted] to preserve and highlight the beauty of the island and not over-style it," which meant a ban on the following items during her ceremony and reception: plastic gloves, balloons, floating lanterns, and plastic water bottles—and fireworks, too! Though all of these elements do add pizzazz to weddings, they also become pollutants at the end of the day, a fact that not many wedding planners will admit.
Hence, in place of synthetic decor, this bride opted for a majority of organic aesthetics to beautify her special day: lots of locally sourced flowers, greenery, and reusable items were all it took.
The art of the giveaway
These days, it's really no longer enough to give guests a token to remember a once-in-a-lifetime event by, or at least, not one that serves no use other than to be a display item. To make the most out of wedding giveaways, really put some thought into how guests can use and reuse them.
For Yuki, she took advantage of her burgeoning lifestyle brand, Style Cat, and its signature woven bags.
"[We] customized jute sacks for men and a stylized version of our local buri bag into a cute clutch [ladies] could use at the wedding reception in our color motif: navy blue and millennial pink. It was cute seeing our male guests carry around the cat jute sack with their towels and the girls use the clutch!"
Re-styling is in
And not just when it comes to staple pieces in your wardrobe, either; it applies to decor, too.
Take Yuki's approach to one of the centers of attraction in her despedida de soltera, reception, and island lunch: the "NY" monogram (which, of course, stands for Nick and Yuki) made appearances in all three, but whose personality changed with every venue and lighting combination. Don't look at this tip as being repetitive with your wedding decor; see it as means of providing continuity instead.
Aside from the monogram, the event's white, mood-setting decorative lanterns were also styled in two different ways.
Who knew? Even the dresses (of the bride and her entourage) could do their part in being environmentally friendly.
It's the main reason why Yuki opted for a simple Ryan Madamba number that she openly admits will likely wear again. Its classic Serpentina silhouette will never go out of style—a benefit of choosing a dress that has little to no trend-sensitive elements.
As for her bridesmaids, she had them dress in a feminine separate set done in a white off-shoulder top and delicate pink tulle skirt. Each piece can be paired with other wardrobe pieces or together for a different event. Even fashion can be sustainable!
And we mean this literally.
For Yuki's centerpieces, floral arrangements and name plates, there were practically no plastic or single-use elements incorporated. Most of them were clean and green, composed mainly of white flowers, easy to source greens from local growers, and talahib while reusable banigs and pillows for the cocktail area added extra aesthetic appeal.
Photos courtesy of Yuki Tansengco