As a spectacular ephemeral event, it’s a well-known fact that most weddings cost a fortune to mount. Newlyweds Airene Cabatania and Jonathan Iwayan Jr., however, were more concerned about their celebration’s impact on the environment than anything else. “’Refuse what you don’t need. Reduce what you need’. That made me come up with the idea when we finally decided to marry, to create an eco-friendly wedding,” Airene tells Preview. The result? A wedding made up of dominantly biodegradable, recycled, and reusable materials, effectively cutting their costs as well in the process.
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“Everything was DIY. We did not hire an event stylist to do the decorations. Doing so gave us a sense of fulfilment by being creative,” Airene says. “[It was] quite hard though considering our goal towards an eco-friendly event. Everything had been taken into consideration if it’s ethical, biodegradable, low-cost, and functional. From the cloth, which are organic linen, 100% cotton, and pure silk, the native baskets and carpets sourced from local weavers in Cebu, and the chairs that were made of bamboo and canvas by my husband’s family.”