Eco Friendly Wedding Tips
In the world today, with important concerns regarding global warming and sustainability, it is becoming increasingly important for people to consider the bigger picture. A recent event I planned had this in the forefront of their mind at all times, and it got me thinking about a few things we can do whilst planning a wedding to also care for the environment around us.
Here are just a few ideas:
Ok, so these are quite important so that your guests know where they sit down and get the right food, but perhaps we don’t need lots of paper card. At this event we used leaves from the garden and wrote the guests names on them. If you incorporate your favour into your place card you can also save a little budget but reduce the paper usage.
I am the first to admit that I love a full, beautifully crafted invite. If opting for paperless is not what you want to do, consider using a local stationer that uses recycled papers to make the invites. By keeping things local we are not only boosting the local economy, not only will the stationer do a little dance as a small business owner, but the carbon footprint could be less as there will be less travelling to collect/deliver the finished product. When sending invites, consider sending multiple in one envelope to large families to distribute and hand out your invites in person.
Why not grow your own? Guests will love the effort and personal touch of this and you can have jams to spread the love, seeds to watch love grow or homemade sloe gin to get on the dancefloor!
You could also consider donating to a charitable cause in place of a favour.
Keep things local. It also helps to use flowers that are in season so they are less likely to be sourced from a far distance and there are lots of florists out there that have their cutting gardens they use within their bouquets and floral arrangements.
You can also use old jam jars for vases and chopped wood within your décor. This amazing garden party sourced local wood for their benches and foraged all their greenery and flowers for the décor.
Unsurprisingly, keep things local! Is the food ethically produced, farmed and reared? Where is it from? This includes the main caterers and the cake makers too. Check this out before confirming any suppliers.
There are so many ways you can use recycling in your wedding, from paper to suits, decoration to wedding dresses. Look at buy and sell sites, social media and there are often wedding boot sales which are great fun and you are always able to grab a bargain!
Did you know even the bio-degradable stuff isn’t the best option? Choose natural petals. You can make these from your own garden, ask your florist or find somewhere locally that sells them. Bubbles for confetti are also a fantastic idea!
Think about how much travelling you are going to have to do, do you need a car to get you to the church or are you getting married at the venue? If you need to travel, consider using an eco-friendly mode of transport for you and your guests.