Your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life and planning with sustainability in mind can make a significant impact, without having to sacrifice your vision or budget.
We’ve put together some suggestions to keep your wedding day as eco-friendly as possible. Planning a “green wedding” is easier than you think!
With the average women spending £1,385 on her wedding dress, it’s a big decision to get right. Opt for made-to-order designs, from designers championing the eco-couture fashion trend. Check out Reformation, Leila Hafzi or London-based Minna, as a great place to start your search. If you’re less attached to owning, look out for vintage wedding boutiques, consignment stores or consider rental platforms such as HURR, to help you find that perfect dress.
The Invites & RSVPs
Paper invites are becoming a thing of the past. In 2019, paperless invites are as personalised and intricately designed as the old-age paperbacked RSVP. Paperless Post offer custom online invitations that allow you to intricately design the invites, track RSVPs and communicate with guests instantly.
If you’re set on tradition, consider sending all invitations on 100% recycled paper, and find a local calligrapher to hand write your invitations, eliminating the printing process altogether.
It’s a great way for you and your spouse to set off into the sustainable future. So consider an environmentally-conscious approach with help from Blueprint Registry, making it easier than ever for your family and friends to get involved in the movement. Plus you’ll get all the stainless steel straws, silicone baking cups and glass jars you’ve been waiting for…
If you’re looking into cash registries to help fund the honeymoon, try to locate a resort that’s committed to sustainability too.
The Reception Venue
Venue choice is usually your first major decision, and the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is choosing a ceremony venue that takes sustainability seriously. Rather than destination weddings, opt for somewhere closer to home and look out for event spaces with LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certifications.
Season dependent, consider outdoor spaces or lunchtime weddings to make the most of the natural light. Try to organise coaches for your guests at certain departure times, to minimise the amount of vehicles attending. This last option can also be done if you’ve chosen a destination wedding too.
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Ask your florist about in-season, organic bouquets to reduce the environmental impact of your event, and look at this guide to wedding flowers per season to choose a selection available during your wedding month. Look out for VeriFlora-certified flowers with sustainably grown certifications.
After the big day – make sure your bouquets don’t go to waste. There are great charities such as Floral Angels, who recycle donated flowers and give them to those in need.
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