Weddings Without Waste: Creating an Eco-Conscious Bali Wedding with Tirtha Bridal
Planning a wedding is an incredibly exciting milestone, but have you taken a moment to consider the environmental impact of your day? There are so many great ways to plan a mindful and eco-conscious celebration without compromising on style or quality – and one Bali wedding venue paving the way forward is Tirtha Bridal.
Established in 2003, Tirtha is a stunning multi-purpose wedding venue set on the cliff tops of Southern Bali. As one of Bali’s leading destination wedding venues, we were inspired to learn that the team at Tirtha have recently launched a new concept called “Weddings without Waste” – a commitment to creating weddings that focus on eco-friendly elegance, sustainability, and a lighter environmental footprint.
These guys believe in letting the natural beauty of Bali take center stage, minimising unnecessary waste and repurposing items wherever possible. Tirtha encourages their couples to rely less on single-use flowers and decorations, and instead take advantage of sustainable materials and the lush natural surroundings of the venue to create a mindful, yet beautiful, day.
We recently sat down with the Tirtha team to learn more about their commitment to Weddings without Waste and their top tips on creating an eco-conscious Bali wedding. Keep reading to hear how this unique Bali wedding venue is doing things differently!
Tell us about how the concept of ‘Weddings without Waste’ developed?
The moment we started the company. We think that Bali’s nature is just beautiful the way it is, so we want it to be the center stage. We just fell in love with it. With this in mind, we tried to create a venue that wouldn’t need too much additional decoration. A little touch of flower decoration on the table should be just an accent to enhance the nature, not the other way around – having gigantic decorations covering the venue. We’ve also been implementing a Japanese concept of Mottainai (not easily throwing things away) by remodeling items we have so we could reuse them. We think that we can minimize unnecessary waste by using less flowers and remodeling things.
A few years back we stopped using plastic straws and replaced with paper straws instead. Not stopping there, we introduced a new look to begin 2019. We use dried flowers and potted plants so we could minimize the usage of cut flowers. We also try to reduce the usage of floral foam or oasis because it is made of plastic. It doesn’t mean that we don’t want to use cut flowers at all, but we try as much as we can to minimize. Lucky for us, the wedding trend now is dried pampas so our new look just fit in the trend.
Aside to this, we also stopped selling the Balloon Release even though it’s so popular for wedding couples, as our commitment to preserve the environment and the ocean. We hope these small steps could bring a difference and we will continue with more steps in the future.
How do Tirtha strive to do things differently?
We try to implement the concept of Let the Beauty of Nature Take Center Stage and Mottainai as the root of our act. On the other side, we also understand that a wedding is a once in a lifetime event and some couples want something special for the day. It could be a grandeur decoration with lots of flowers, or celebrating their love with a balloon release, which doesn’t really align with our concept. Sometimes it is hard to fully convince them, but in the end we always find the midway.
When did you realise the need to address the issue of excess waste at weddings?
Since we started the company in 2003. But now with the raise of awareness for global warming, it is good timing for us to keep on trying.
What is Eco-Friendly elegance?
Let the Beauty of Nature take Center Stage with simple yet sophisticated decorations.
What eco-friendly wedding alternatives/options do you offer?
For now, the usage of potted plants, dried flowers, fabrics that can be reused.
How do you find a balance between design trends and sustainability?
This is hard. So far, we try to give a new life to decoration items by remodeling and reusing them. We are not perfect, but we believe we are learning by doing continuously.
You can get in touch with this inspiring destination wedding venue on The Bali Bride directory right here (and be sure to ask about their all-inclusive Island Flair weekday wedding package). A huge thanks to the Tirtha team for sharing their tips on creating an eco-conscious Bali wedding!