As you embark on the journey of planning your dream wedding, we're becoming increasingly aware of the impact our choices can have on the environment. I believe that a wedding can be both magical and eco-conscious, and I’m excited to share some top tips on creating a sustainable celebration. In this guide, we’ll explore how couples can make their special day not only unforgettable but also environmentally responsible.
1. Sourcing Eco-Friendly Materials:
- Invitations and Stationery: Choose recycled paper invitations and digital save-the-dates to reduce paper waste and minimize your carbon footprint.
- Decorations: Choosing eco-friendly decor such as reusable banners and signs made from sustainable materials adds a touch of nature to your celebration.
- Favours: Make wedding favours that are not only thoughtful but also sustainable. Guests will receive reusable tote bags and seed packets to plant, ensuring your love grows along with beautiful flowers.
- Attire: Try selecting wedding attire made from organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo, supporting sustainable fashion choices.
2. Sustainable Catering:
- Local and Organic Ingredients: Opt for a menu that features locally sourced and organic ingredients, supporting local farmers and reducing food miles.
- Portion Control: To minimize food waste, work with your caterer to ensure accurate portion sizes and opt for buffet-style dining.
- Composting: Provide composting bins alongside trash bins during your event to encourage responsible waste disposal.
- Vegan and Vegetarian Options: Choose menu offers a variety of delicious plant-based options to reduce your wedding's environmental impact.
3. Eco-Friendly Transportation:
- Shuttle Services: Arrange a shuttle services to reduce the number of individual vehicles traveling to your wedding, minimizing emissions.
- Carpooling and Ridesharing: Encourage your guests to carpool or use ride sharing apps to make their journey to our wedding more eco-friendly.
- Public Transportation: Chose a venue easily accessible by public transportation to reduce your event's carbon footprint further.
4. Energy Efficiency:
- LED Lighting: Use LED lighting to illuminate your venue, which is energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.
- Natural Light: A daytime wedding takes advantage of natural light, reducing the need for artificial lighting.
- Renewable Energy: Choose a venue that utilises renewable energy sources like solar power, aligning with our commitment to sustainability.
5. Waste Reduction and Recycling:
- Reusable Decor: Opt for reusable decorations like fabric bunting and wooden signs that can be used for future celebrations.
- Rentable Tableware: Make the choice of renting tableware and glassware instead of disposable alternatives reduces waste.
- Recycling Stations: Recycling stations are conveniently placed throughout your venue to encourage guests to recycle bottles, cans, and paper products.
6. Digital Marketing and Communication:
- Wedding Website: Create a wedding website to share event details, RSVPs, and updates, reducing the need for printed materials. There are so many free wedding website builders out there and it only takes a few clicks to create something beautiful.
- E-Invitations: Embrace electronic invitations and save-the-dates, saving paper and reducing postage costs.
7. Sustainable Floral Arrangements:
- Local and Seasonal Flowers: Work with a florist prioritizes local and seasonal flowers to minimize the environmental impact of flower transportation.
- Potted Plants: Consider using potted plants and succulents as centerpieces, allowing guests to take them home and nurture them after the wedding.
8. Eco-Friendly Wedding Favours:
- Practical Favours: Wedding favors are not just tokens but also practical items like reusable shopping bags and stainless steel straws.
- Donations: In lieu of traditional favors, consider making donations to environmental charities, extending our celebration's positive impact.
In conclusion, your wedding journey is not only about celebrating your love but also about embracing sustainability. We believe that every choice you make can contribute to a greener future, and couples should be excited to share this eco-conscious celebration with their loved ones. Together, we can set a new standard for sustainable weddings, creating memories that are beautiful and environmentally responsible.
Check out these pages to help you plan your sustainable wedding.
Guest blog provided by Flourish and Flotts - Eco-elegant wedding cakes - contact them here.
Images provided courtesy of Flourish and Flotts
Suppliers involved in above Gallery;
Concept & Content Creator - @thesocialweddinguk
Venue - @pondenmillweddings
2nd content creator - @theguestlens
Dress - @curvesbridal
Suits and groom shoes - @antichhuddersfield
Flower girl dresses - @curvesbridal
Cake - @flourishandflotts
Venue stylist - @vintage_florrie
MUA & hairstylist @saintsalonleeds
Wedding rings - @helloelement
Singer - @singersuzie
Confetti - @yourconfetti
Celebrant - @ceremoniesbynikki
Florist - @katie.olivier.blooms
Stationary and welcome sign - @calligraphybys_
Invites - @eden.andalways.uk
Audio guestbook - @paperwhiteeventsco
Bridal pjs - @marksandspencer
Bride Shoes - @newlook
Page boy shoes - @nextofficial
Model bride - @jessicarose329
Model groom - Kyle