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Fall in Love with a Sustainable Wedding

Guest Post by Stephen Jeffery

Wedding planning is a stressful experience. You know it, I know it; anyone who’s ever been within earshot of “Here Comes the Bride” knows it.

From finalizing the guest list to organizing the photographer and choosing the venue, brides and grooms find themselves strapped for time, cash (the average wedding costs more than $30,000), and patience as the big day approaches.

Then there’s the equipment you need. Depending on the venue, you might need to bring your own tables, chairs, stereo, speakers, tents or signs. Those are a lot of things you probably don’t have, and which you don’t want to have to deal with when you return from the honeymoon.

Sustainable Weddings are Here

2020 is expected to be the year of the sustainable wedding. Apart from the growing costs, couples are increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of their ceremonies. 

Making your wedding more sustainable can be as simple as embracing the sharing economy. Chances are you’ll never host a gathering on the same scale as a wedding again, so there’s no need to buy items you’ll only use once.

Reaching out to your community and renting items from others doesn’t just benefit the environment; you’ll save money, and you won’t be weighed down, figuring out what to do with the items once your special day is over.

But then the questions arise: who has these items? How can I find them? And once the wedding’s over, am I going to need to run across town to return them?

That’s where the sharing economy can help out. Just ask Jenna.

Meet Jenna

Jenna’s special day is coming up in July. She’s going to be spending the next few months deep in preparation mode.

She also had a long list of items she needed to make her day unique. The problem was, she didn’t know where to find them, and she didn’t want to fork out more money than necessary.

“I’m on a lot of Facebook groups and wedding groups and didn’t really find a lot of help,” she said.

Jenna told a friend about her troubles, who then sent her our way.

The Community Steps Up

Ruckify’s support team was able to put her in touch with people in her community who already had the items she needed. Through the Ruckify Marketplace, they shared lights, a tent, dance floor, and photo booth.

Not only did she save money by not having to purchase any equipment, she had peace of mind from not needing to worry about storing the equipment once the wedding was over. 

The verification of all Ruckify members added security and reassurance that the items would arrive on time and in great condition.

“It’s the easiest thing you could ever use,” Jenna said.

“The fact you can rent these items out for a fraction of the price was great.”

Plus, all of the items and equipment will be dropped off and picked up at the venue through RuckTrucks, leaving Jenna free to focus on spending time with friends and family, and celebrating her love.

“I was worried I’d be racing around town, picking up all this stuff,” Jenna said.

“The process has just been so stress-free.”

Your Community can Help

A day that’s meant to be the happiest of your life shouldn’t arrive only after weeks of stress and frustration. You can end up spending more time worried about what you’re going to do with all the equipment you’ve picked up than you do catching up with those you love.

Reaching out to your community and embracing the sharing economy is the first step to making wedding planning that little bit less stressful. 

If you’re interested in Ruckifying your wedding please reach out to Cameron Linke, the Territory Account Manager at clinke@ruckify.com.

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Ruckify: Rent Just About Anything

I had heard of Ruckify, but never knew what it was really about. Until recently. I was researching dinosaur themed decorations for my grandson’s third birthday party when an advertisement for a dinosaur costume rental popped up. If you are not yet familiar with Ruckify, it is an online rental marketplace with the slogan “why buy when you can Ruckify?” Anyone can post items for people in their community to rent.

Founded in Ottawa, Canada in 2018 on a foundation of community building, environmentalism, education, and freedom, Ruckify is dedicated to changing the world and curtailing the spread of unsustainable consumerism

Ruckify website


I could have purchased this inflatable T-rex costume from Amazon for sixty bucks, but preferred the Ruckify rental (for one day) for twenty. No storage spot required! In this minimalist and sustainable world we (try to) live in, rentals make much more sense.

My grandson and his friends loved it, although a few younger party goers were a bit shy with the 7 foot T-rex. They got used to him quickly though, as he danced and played with them. The only snag we encountered is the fact that my youngest son was supposed to wear the costume for the party. In fact he was quite looking forward to chasing his nephew and birthday buddies around. When he picked up the costume, he realized at six foot, five inches in height he was too tall to fit into the suit. So, we had to improvise. Before he arrived at the party with the costume, I had coerced a shorter uncle (not one of my sons) to play the role.

Like most other three year old boys, my grandson is obsessed with dinosaurs. He loved this T-Rex and ran around taunting it so it would chasing him, taking refuge under tables or hiding out in the bouncy castle to take a breather. That’s him in the green (you guessed it, dinosaur) outfit that Santa brought him this past Christmas.

I bet he slept well last night, if he didn’t have nightmares!