Updated: Jun 24
Since we wrote the below blog we have had 77diamonds.com asking if we can add their blog to this one which is a guide to sustainable zero-waste Ethical Weddings and we feel that this is a really good fit to take this eco friendly wedding day that step further, so do click on the link at the end of our blog to see more of what you can do, to help our planet! !
There is no longer any section of our lives where we are not being urged to consider the environment and make a stand against wastage, and that goes for your big day too.
There is an increasing move amongst couples to have a sustainable wedding, and that doesn’t mean that you have to scrimp and cut back; it just means that you adjust your thinking.
It will probably not be possible to have 100% sustainable, but let’s just have a look at some of the ways in which you can be kinder to the environment, but still have the big day that you have always dreamed of.
You can start being eco-conscious right from the start with a number of essential items that can recycled. There is a huge tradition for mother and grandmothers to give engagement and even rings to their children and granddaughters and that is actually fast extending to wedding dresses too. This can not only save on some pretty big costs but older dresses and rings tend to be far superior quality to many newer items. Or alternatively if you wasn’t aware, Oxfam do some great bridal dresses. From strapless to lace, vintage bridal wear to ex-catwalk, you can find your perfect wedding dress with Oxfam
Rent not Buy
So are you considering a Dry Hire venue with a BBQ or a Hog Roast? Continuing the theme of not spending out, there are an increasing number of wedding elements that can be rented rather than bought outright. You rent a venue, a car and a reception site, so why not go further than rent glass and chinaware along with cutlery for your wedding breakfast and evening banquet rather than buying paper plates and plastic glasses that will only add to landfill. Not only may you save yourself a few pounds, you will have a much classier looking wedding too.
The latest in disposables - any eco-friendly wedding must have!
If you do want to go for disposables, then why not use these fantastic alternative to one-use plastic plates and bowls on your wedding day. It is 100% biodegradable (actually they are compostable too) organic leaf plate. These guys I stumbled across at Tapari have a good selection of plates and bowls for all your needs to fulfil your eco friendly wedding day that are all made out of the Leaves of the Sal Tree i Neptal, yes, I said Leaves! Now that makes being eco pretty cool too!
For those eco-conscious couples, these are designed to help you provide an eco friendly service to serve your meals, take-away food, and for dishes at your weddings or parties. These snazzy leaf products are hand-stitched and because of this, each one is unique.
I was actually quite excited to find these unique eco offerings, so to help you out you can find these beauts on Amazon.
Pick Your Venue
If you want to fully embrace and eco-friendly wedding then why not try looking for both a wedding and reception venue that is naturally photogenic and doesn’t need to be filled with flowers just to make it look good. There are many historic and architecturally-rich places that will look good in your pictures without the need for expensive bouquets of flowers. Look for something a little off the wall like a winery or a stately home with extensive gardens that can become an exciting and colourful backdrop that has lots of natural flora.
Find this hidden gem in Russell Square, the Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel has stunning rooms, exclusive use, for your wedding day that really needs little, if any, florals to look the part. The Palm Room is a gorgeous space for your welcome drinks and needs not any display added at all to look amazing.
Other things to consider are to have your wedding day ceremony and reception all within the same place to save on fuel emissions travelling from one venue to the next, or take it a step further an make sure accommodation is on site too.
Use Sustainable Food Sources
Do some research and source your foods from suppliers who pride themselves on being environmentally friendly in their production methods. You could also be really bold and not just offer a vegan dish, but go vegan with the whole menu and offer sustainable plant-based cuisine throughout; people will applaud your eco-credentials. Also, try and opt for plated food rather than dished up on the spot to reduce food waste.
Eco Friendly centre pieces
Why not opt for a beautiful fruit creation in the middle of your table, we have enough of a selection to be able to match up your colour theme and can be eaten later, plus will work even better if you opt for a fully vegan wedding. Why not google fruit farm weddings ideas to get some inspiration.
So many trees are lopped every minute of every day to make our paper products all of which the process will pollute our environment so why not opt for paperless post or build your own free website with the help of wix templates which you can design yourself with ease, so you no longer have to buy physical paper products
Be Careful What You Throw
Biodegradable confetti and similar materials have been around for some time but even this can still muck up the serenity of a church or historic venue. Many venues only allow biodegradable confetti, but generally all my couples this year have turned towards dried petals as their exit-throw materials that not only helps create mulch for growing plants, but have a spectacular shower of colour too.
Ditch the Jet
Okay, so if you are a jet setter, this is going to be a big consideration but the Honeymoon is a traditional part of your wedding, and you can still do this, but entire idea of it is spending time with your new spouse, and realistically you can do that almost anywhere. Don’t be tempted to fly to some far-off island; you can show them just how much you love them in the lushness of the UK, and reduce your carbon footprint significantly as well. We have some amazing beautiful places in the UK.
So that’s a handful of ideas to get you thinking about your sustainable wedding day. Don’t get me wrong, organising an Eco-friendly wedding will take a little more time, effort and energy from you than that of a traditional one, but you will find that you will not only save money, but are likely to help save the planet too and you can’t get any more rewarding that than.
Want to help the planet but live busy lifestyles? then why not get in touch with us where we can help you plan your perfect sustainable wedding day.
As suggested, here is another blog that is read-worthy on how you can take this one step further to a sustainable wedding day. Don't be on trend, just be king to the planet! Click here
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