How to make your wedding eco-friendly

Having an eco-friendly wedding doesn’t have to mean making major changes, spending more or cutting back. It’s about being more mindful of your choices and aware of the overall impact those choices have on the environment.

Here’s some tips to get you started.

Keeping your wedding eco-friendly begins before the big day

  • Opt for a location that’s local to you.

  • Transport options could include walking, horse and carriage, or even a bus or coach, to transport everyone in one hit.

  • Hire your wedding dress, or opt for a vintage or preloved one.

  • If buying new, look for eco-friendly designers or use of sustainable materials.

  • Think about how you can reuse or recycle your wedding dress after your wedding. One option is to keep it for future generations, but there’s also the opportunity to use it for christening gowns etc.

  • Cut back on paper and card, by emailing or calling people, instead of sending save the date cards.

  • Instead of having a printed order of service, opt for it painted on wood or even a pallet.

Eco-friendly wedding decor

  • Opt for material bunting that can be reused for other events too.

  • Use potted plants as centrepieces – they can also be used as thank you gifts.

  • Choose seasonal flowers from a local florist.

  • If using cut flowers, opt for them in glass vases – you can then gift them to a hospice afterwards.

  • Hire wedding decorations.

  • Use candles and lanterns for lighting.

  • A fire pit can be both a feature and a source of heat!

  • Use painted pebbles instead of place cards.

  • Make use of natural decorations, such as shells, stones and wood (see previous blog for ideas).

  • Keep to simple and understated – a tipi looks stunning on its own!

Keep the catering eco-friendly

  • Opt for refillable drinking bottles and glasses.

  • Minimise straws and plastic containers – or use compostable drink containers.

  • Choose material napkins rather than paper ones.

  • Have a selection of drinks that are in glass bottles, cans or recyclable plastic bottles.

  • Food suppliers – choose fair trade and locally sourced.

  • Use food as your table centrepiece displays (such as cake stands or fruit bowls).

  • Provide a recycle station for glass bottles and cans, paper and food waste.

Think about your favours and gifts

  • Make your favours edible.

  • Opt for favours that don’t need shrinkwrap or plastic coverings.

  • Buy favours that give back or help the environment – such as wildflower seeds, bird seed packets etc.

  • Only ask for wedding gifts you really need.

  • Opt for wedding gifts that help the environment, such as donations to your favourite charity or opt for planting a tree.

By using the tips above, you’ll have made a start on waking your wedding eco-friendly. It isn’t necessarily about making drastic changes, but it is about being mindful of how your choices can make a difference to your wedding and the environment.

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