Themes & Motifs Online / Ideas Center / February 15, 2020

An Eco-Friendly Wedding in Cebu


This Cebu-based couple decided to use biodegradable, recycled, and reusable materials for their beach wedding in Siargao Island last January 31, 2020.

Newlyweds Airene Cabatania and Jonathan Iwayan Jr. came up with the idea since the groom is concerned about the environmental issues in the country.

“Everything was DIY. We did not hire an event stylist to do the decorations. Quite hard though considering our goal towards an environment-friendly event," Airene said. 

For the wedding decoration, the couple gathered some dried plants and flowers along the beach such as Ipil-ipil flowers, wild grass and coconut inflorescence. 

Instead of an extravagant carpet, the couple decorated the wedding aisle with banig made by local weavers of Cebu.  

“The chairs made of bamboo and canvas were made by my husband’s family. Everything had been taken into consideration if it’s ethical, biodegradable, low-cost and functional," Airene said. 

The bride's bouquet was also made of dried plants and flowers tied using a linen cloth. For the buffet setup, the tables were covered with reused macramé, charger plate from the local native market and dinner plates made of recycled wood that they rented. The wedding cake was decorated with dried flowers instead of fresh ones. 

To entertain the guests, they hired an acoustic guitar player, a saxophone player, local tribal drumbeaters and fire dancers instead of a live band with various electronic equipment. 

The invitation of the couple was also made from linen cloth and was written by their calligrapher friend. 

“The over-all event styling was rustic and sustainable. For us, less is better; using fewer materials and less energy results to less carbon-footprints,” she said. (Photos courtesy of Macky Carcedo)

Source: The Philippine Star