A quince is an exciting day – something you will remember for the rest of your life. So much time goes into planning the perfect day from picking out the dress to sending out invitations. However, quinces, like other extravagant events, can quickly turn into an incredibly wasteful day as well.
An abundance of leftover food, party favors, and even your dress can contribute to significant environmental harm if not planned and taken care of properly. Here are three things you need to know about having a sustainable, yet just as spectacular quince.
Finding the right dress for a quinceanera is the first step to making sure the day is as magical as you want it to be. However, waste from the fashion industry is increasing every year – so you want to make sure your dress isn’t contributing to that waste. There are plenty of quince dress companies that specialize in using sustainable, recyclable materials. But, if you can’t find a sustainable dress company near you – consider either buying a dress secondhand or selling/donating your dress to someone in need.
Although invitations to a quince are traditionally printed and mailed to your guest list, virtual invitations can be just as beautiful and meaningful. Plenty of websites offer free templates or affordable options to design the perfect quince invitations – some sites even send the invites out for you! Not only is this option more sustainable, but it’s also more affordable than printing off invitations that have to be mailed. If you have invitees who don’t have internet – you can always print some invites individually as needed.
Make sure to require your guests to RSVP to the quince well in advance. This will save you money and prevent food waste as you try to organize catering for the large event. It’s crucial to know how many people are coming in order to get the right amount of food prepared, as well as other party favors. Food waste is a large issue for events such as weddings and quinces, but knowing ahead of time exactly how much food is needed can help mitigate this waste. If you do have leftovers, you can also find places such as homeless shelters to donate any leftover food that is still good.