Sustainability

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A wedding is a beautiful ritual designed to celebrate love and new beginnings. However, there is a major downside behind the scenes of many of these festivities: most weddings have a negative impact on our planet. One source estimates that

the average wedding produces between 400 and 600 lbs of waste. Between

single-use plastic plates and cutlery, excessive packaging and shipping of

decor items that will be used once then thrown away, carbon emissions

from travel, food waste, favors that guests will never use, hair and makeup

products with toxins, and the many other ways that waste is created, it

can be overwhelming for a newly engaged couple to know how

to minimize their impact and reduce the environmental harm

created by their celebrations. This is where we come in.

How We Are Different

At Dream Catcher Weddings, we believe that protecting the finite resources that this planet has so graciously shared with us is immensely important, in order to pass her gifts on to future generations. We are committed to providing services that honor the earth without sacrificing the authenticity of each couples' experience. We are constantly researching and implementing new methods of sustainability in order to reduce waste and minimize our carbon footprint. We never pressure our couples into anything that they don't feel comfortable with. We simply offer earth-mindful options and allow each couple to make those decisions for themselves.

Our Mission Statement

Capturing each couple's love story 

through authentic celebrations

while mindfully cultivating community

that cherishes our sacred planet.

Our

Core Values

Sustainability

We inspire and empower the wedding community

to shift toward a new normal of sustainability.

We practice creative ways of giving back and becoming better

citizens of the Earth.

creativity

We create

a safe space

for dreaming big.

We design weddings

that celebrate the uniqueness of

every love story.

inclusivity

We treat all people with dignity and respect, regardless of race,

gender, sexuality, or ability. We actively work

towards justice for

the Earth and

all her inhabitants.

excellence

We work to create

the best wedding

planning experience.

We never stop growing, learning, innovating,

and creating beauty. 

Sustainable Business Practices

A taste of our ever-evolving

  • ​​​We suggest eco-friendly alternatives for invites, gifts, décor, tableware, menu options, and food waste. 

  • We offer low-cost rentals of commonly used wedding décor.

  • We opt to do business digitally as often as possible, in order to reduce our paper waste. When we do have to print something, we use recycled paper. 

  • We repurpose wedding florals, giving them a second life bringing joy to the faces of the elderly in a local nursing home. 

  • We purchase carbon credits through Colorado Carbon Fund to offset all of the carbon produced by our team’s travels each year. 

  • We offer composting and recycling at every wedding.

  • We work to eliminate single-use plastics and other wasteful items from our workspace and weddings.

  • We create partnerships with and recommend wedding professionals that are committed to sustainability.

  • We create free online resources so that anyone can come to us to learn how to make their wedding, or wedding business, more sustainable. Resources are provided through in-depth blog posts on our website and a Facebook group dedicated to conversations around sustainability in weddings. 

  • We donate 1% of our gross sales to One Tree Planted, a nonprofit organization that replants in areas of Colorado that have been devastated by wildfires.

  • We commit 40 hours a year to volunteering with a local nonprofit.

  • We create a company culture that encourages each employee to incorporate green practices into their daily lives, including composting, recycling and activism.

Giving Decor

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One of our sustainability practices is repurposing wedding decorations. We receive donations of lightly used decor and allow our couples to access this inventory for their own weddings. Whether you are a Dream Catcher bride, or just an earth-lover looking to make sure their wedding decorations bring beauty to many more celebrations to come, we welcome your donation of gently-used, generic (non-customized) decor! To donate, click the button below and let us know what items you'd like us to take off your hands. 

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Tel: 719.761.6530

marea@dreamcatcherwed.com

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