Around the globe couples like you are planning an eco-friendly wedding. Sustainability is the right way to go without leaving a carbon footprint. Being mindful of your impact on the world, which city best suits your needs?
Well, in the heart of the Netherlands there are exclusive green locations for you to fulfill your dreams. Here is the deal, urban Amsterdam has canals, waterways, drawbridges, locks and spots of greenery dotted about. And if you class yourself as an environmentally aware couple, the city will help you carry out your ethical responsibilities.
So, ensure you feel totally guilt free and leave a positive impression. Here are several venues that employ earth friendly practices and asks that you do the same. Thus, discover how you lovebirds can capture priceless moments in the city of bikes, boats and bakfietsen [bicycles made for two or more]! Read on…
Eco-Friendly wedding for the eco-concious couple
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1. Dignita Hoftuin
Firstly Dignita Hoftuin spans two canals in Amsterdam [Nieuwe Keizergracht & Nieuwe Herengracht] and borders the Hermitage. It is part of the Not For Sale social enterprise model. And works to provide certified training programs and support a vulnerable target group of individuals. By assisting the people in developing greater resilience they become reintegrated into the workplace and society. Basically, it’s a charming spot for your pictures.
2. De Hortus – Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
Secondly, Amsterdam is the haven for ethical bulbs, lovers of life, and social activities. Access the beautiful Hortus Botanicus via cobbled lanes and footbridges before you jump the broom. In fact, you can plan a combo ceremony and reception party in the luscious gardens. This a green oasis showcases a rich assortment of tulips, roses and other organic flowers, the ideal backdrop for your eco-friendly wedding pictures.
3. Amstel Boathouse
With the above in mind, discover another hidden treasure of Amsterdam’s metropolitan. The Amstel Boathouse is situated in the Martin Luther Kingpark. And the mesmerising scenery of green is the perfect spot for your eco-friendly wedding. Laced with beautiful flowers, foliage and fruitful trees, the location has its own jetty on the Amstel. So, you can book a boat cruise, and arrive in style at Amstel Boathouse.
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4. The Frankendael Park
Next, if you really want to stand out from the crowd, find a more secluded spot. Take some snap shots outside the Frankendael the former estate featuring a 17th-century home in an historic building. Frankendael Park is used for special functions and weddings. And this prestigious location located in a 7-acre park adds a touch of class to your photos.
5. The Vondel Park
Another place to hold your wedding ceremony is at the Vondelkerk near Vondel Park. It is a public urban park of 47 hectares and you can walk hand in hand while admiring the natural greenery. Book the Blue Tea House, for your reception. Sit on the terrace of the famous landmark and capture the beauty of the 19th century gardens around you.
6. De Waag – Red Light District
Within a stone’s throw away is De Waag situated at the Nieuwenmarkt in the Red Light District. This part of vibrant Amsterdam is known as the grown-ups playground. It’s ideal, if you love canal houseboats and courtyards. Set among a eco-friendly area and encircled by fetching water it’s ideal. Be aware, it’s not permitted to take photos, so find a secluded spot away from the hustle and bustle. I’m sure no one will disapprove.
Image Viv Lynch
7. Dutch souvenirs – sex, drugs and rock and roll
So, you don’t have to worry about leaving your carbon footprint in Amsterdam. The city is steeped in history and anything goes, because it’s Europe’s most liberal city. Nevertheless, the notorious Red Light District, not only houses the ladies of the night but you’ll also pick up a few notorious Dutch souvenirs [wink wink you know what I mean?]. On top of that, there is no lack of alternative art galleries, jazz clubs and fine dining establishments, too. Moreover, you can take a few snaps of you both enjoying a special night out.
image Carlos Perez
8. The beautiful courtyards of the Jordaan
A must-see attraction is the UNESCO World Heritage (grachtengordel – canal belt area). Acquaint yourselves with the dainty courtyards (hofjes) and Westerkerk (church). And imagine the thrill of excitement seeing green vegetation plotted along the canals. Take snaps together at the nearby Anne Frank’s House. Basically, you’ll find pretty locations in the heart of the Jordaan [Prinsengracht, westermarkt & bloemgracht] which is packed with houseboats.
image courtesy of Andaz Prinsengracht Amsterdam
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