If you want to give Mother Nature some love on your big day, why not host an eco-friendly wedding? Don’t worry - this doesn’t mean you have to don a burlap sack or give up your fancy reception dreams, it just means you have to be a little more conscious with what you purchase and which suppliers you choose. We’ve hashed out the basics here to help you out.
Here’s how to host an eco-friendly wedding.
Do your research
All wedding plans begin with some good old fashioned research. Start your hunt by searching for eco-friendly wedding ideas on Pinterest and Instagram (there are tons of green DIYs for decor and favours) and green wedding suppliers and venues on WeddingWire. Don’t forget to read reviews so that you know exactly what you’re in for!
Find companies that care
Speaking of eco-friendly wedding suppliers, finding companies that share your wedding ethos is essential. Look for green caterers, stationers and venues who love the environment just as much as you and you won’t be disappointed with the results. They’ll keep waste production, green products and other important eco-friendly wedding details on their minds while planning your event so that you don’t have to constantly check in or remind them.
Keep your guest list short and sweet
Less people to feed and decorate for means less waste, so if you can keep your wedding guest list short, do it! Try to stick to inviting only your nearest and dearest - remember, you can always have another low-waste event at a bar or restaurant to celebrate once you’ve tied the knot.
Shop second hand
Instead of buying everything brand new, try to purchase at least some of your decor and attire second hand. Preloved wedding dresses can be just as beautiful as brand new ones, you just may have to do a little extra digging for the perfect one (and have a few more fitting sessions). Decor from thrift stores, car boot sales, vintage hire shops and antique markets will give your wedding some unique flair that you won’t find at major department stores, not to mention, it’ll save you a few £s, too!
Marie Kondo your wedding and cut out all the stuff you don’t need! While added paper signage and stationery may be cute, you can reduce your big day’s environmental footprint by keeping your paper usage to a minimum. Also give your guests eco-friendly wedding confetti such birdseed, flower petals or herbs for your wedding exit. You don’t really need extra decor or arrangements, so try your best to keep your consumption down without sacrificing your wedding dreams.
Share the love
Instead of going with a classic wedding gift list filled with cookware, china and home goods, ask your friends and family to donate to a charity that’s in line with your eco-friendly values. Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trusts, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Woodland Trust and Greenpeace are all awesome options, and there are plenty of others out there that could use your help, too. The birds, bees and trees need the money more than you need a shiny new gravy boat!
Donate when you’re done
If you find yourself with a lot of extra odds and ends after your wedding, donate them. Things like wedding bunting, clothing, linens, decorations and even food can be given to people and/or charity organizations in need. If you’re not going to use them again, why not send them along to a place where they’ll get a second life?