Putting together an eco-friendly wedding is more of a priority now than it has ever been before. In many ways, this is less of a restriction and more of an opportunity: to support local businesses and to get creative with nature. Of course, you get the added bonus of knowing you’re helping the planet!
Weddings can be wasteful, there’s no denying it. With guests coming from all corners of the globe, over-catering for the sake of being ‘on the safe side’, and discarded decorations, your big day will produce a lot of rubbish and pollutants… so why not combat this with a few easy ideas?
If you’re looking for simple ways to inject a bit of an eco-friendly vibe into your big day, you’ve come to the right place. Browse my top-tips below, and leave your suggestions in the comments!
1. Celebrate Locally
One of the first things you plan for your wedding day is the venue. So, one of the first things you can cut down is the emissions from your many guests. Pick somewhere that works for the whole family (where possible!), somewhere that takes sustainability seriously, and perhaps somewhere that can be reached on foot, by public transport, or even by boat…
2. Do Nature a Favour
When it comes to decorations and wedding favours, everybody wants to stand out and be memorable. This doesn’t often need to involve a lot of money or a lot of waste. I have put together a list of ways to add life to your tables and give your guests a gift to remember that you can read here; featuring candles, potted plants, and pine cones!
3. Reuse, Recover, Restyle
Now, this doesn’t need to be as scary as it might sound at first. There are many businesses out there that offer gorgeous wedding attire from big, designer names, for both the groomsmen and the bride and her bridesmaids. If you do want to buy, take a look at pre-loved. Vintage dresses are gaining popularity. Not only do they offer an eco-friendly alternative, they also tend to be totally unique and unlike anything you’ll see your friends wearing. If you’ve searched and searched and cannot find your dream pre-loved dress, seek out an ethical designer who has sustainability at the centre of their ethos. Check in with your favourite bridal boutique to ask for suggestions. Then, keep hold of the gown for the next generation. One day, it might be just the vintage gem that someone is looking for!
4. Take a Pass on the Paper
When it comes to invitations, you have a couple of options. Depending on the size of your guest list, you might have hundreds of pieces of stationery to prep and post out. Sending your invites out digitally will save you time, effort, and trees! Most people nowadays put together a wedding website where guests can RSVP, so why not make this more of a feature with a video message and downloadable card. Alternatively, if you’ve only got a small guest list, and still want to send invites in the post, opt for recycled paper and eco-friendly inks.
5. Eat Well
One of the key things you can do when it comes to your wedding catering, is choosing a local caterer who sources their ingredients locally and sustainably too. It’s a simple question to ask and it makes all the difference. You want to limit your air miles as much as possible, and you’ll often find that the food produced closest to you tastes the best. Try building your menu around what’s organic and in season too – the new flavours and combinations might even inspire you! Finally, serve it up on beautiful crockery that won’t be disposed of after your guests leave.
Want to know more about how you can make your wedding eco-friendly? Head over to 77diamonds to read their in-depth breakdown of the steps you can take. These amazing suggestions will help eco-aware brides keep their conscience clean while they enjoy their special day!
Let me know in the comments if you found these ideas useful! Good luck planning your dream eco-friendly day.
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