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An increasing number of couples are looking at ways of having an eco-wedding or adopting a few eco-friendly ideas to make their wedding day that bit more sustainable. There are many aspects of a wedding that unfortunately aren’t very eco-friendly so here are a few ways you can make more ethical and eco-friendly choices when planning your big day.

  1. Choose your wedding location wisely

It’s no secret that aeroplane and automobile emissions are among the top contributors to environmental damage, so it’s a good idea to think about how you and your guests will be travelling to the wedding venue. A destination wedding means lots of air travel, and a venue in a remote location means lots of car travel. We’re the first to say that you should get married wherever you want, but if you’re torn between a few options, take a second look at the guest list and figure out which requires the journeys.

  1. Double up on your favours and place cards on the tables

 

Double up on your favours and place cards and give your guests something that they will love to take home. Try and give gifts that keep giving, something like succulents not only double up as place cards and favours but also add colour and style to the table.

  1. Let your bridesmaids choose their own dresses

This can be quite hard for the bride to let control of but your bridesmaids are much more likely to wear their dress more than once if it’s a design they love. What we’re trying to avoid here is the throwaway culture of wearing a dress once and shoving it to the back of the wardrobe. Give them a colour scheme and let them pick their own dresses. If this doesn’t work out for you then arrange for the dresses to find a new home afterwards. Charity shops will accept them or give them to a good cause.

  1. Use recyclable or paperless e- invites

If you opt for paper invites, make sure guests can recycle them. Glitter, ribbon, glue and other embellishments can make them impossible to recycle, so ask your invite designer. There are many paperless invitation options now available which can also make updating guests quite easy as well with wedding day schedules and all the information they need for the day online. www.paperlesspost.com is a great place to start for sending e- invites. They have beautiful ready made designs alternatively their personal design services team can help you bring your vision to life with colour matching and bespoke designs.

  1. Choose a caterer who works with local suppliers and has a sustainable ethos

Whether your venue is providing the wedding meal, or you’re hiring a separate team, you should be able to find a catering company with a sustainable ethos, who source organic, local, Fairtrade and ethically-produced ingredients where possible. Plastic straws are thankfully making their way out of most coffee shops, but your wedding venue might not have caught up. You want to avoid disposable plastic plates, cups and cutlery. It might not seem like a problem if you’re having a sit down dinner, but will the bar serve drinks to take outside in plastic glasses? Can they use compostable ones instead?

Check out award winning South East caterers ‘Tie The Knot Catering’ who use the Red Tractor and MSC guidelines for all their meat and vegetables, sourcing independent local suppliers based on their quality, proximity and price rather than relying on nationwide chain suppliers www.tietheknotcatering.co.uk.

  1. Use an eco friendly florist

The best way to reduce the environmental impact of your wedding flowers is to go seasonal and local. Not only will this dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of flying in out-of-season flowers, but it’s kind on your wallet too. Make sure you ask your florist about their whole supply chain to make sure the flowers are grown locally, not just from a local wholesaler. Alternatively check out www.bloominggreenflowers.co.uk, they offer seasonal, organically grown flowers and pick-your-own flowers for weddings and events. They are ‘green’ florists who grow flowers in the middle of a fruit farm in Kent. Flowers are available from April to October. If you are feeling creative bring your friends and family to help you PYO wedding flowers.

Here are some flower suggestions for each season:

Spring: Tulips, white daffodils, lilac, ranunculus and guilder roses.

Summer: Peonies, larkspur, nigella, sweet peas, sunflowers and roses.

Autumn: Dahlias, calla lilies, hydrangeas and snapdragons.

Winter: Hellebores, berried ivy, jasmine, narcissus, poinsettia and anenomes.

Happy planning and remember we can help you create your perfect eco-friendly wedding day.

Rachel x