You don’t have to be an eco-warrior when it comes to planning your big day but considering some environmentally friendly touches for your wedding ceremony and subsequent celebration can be both easy and rewarding. Being eco-conscious can also help your budget stretch a little further, which most brides to be will appreciate! Read on for our five top tips to make your wedding a little more eco-friendly, without compromising on style or appearance.
Avoid using transport
When considering your choice of venue it might not seem obvious at the time, but choosing a venue where you can arrive on foot or by natural means will reduce your carbon footprint. Choosing a location that incorporates a space for both the ceremony and the reception will also make the need for transport much smaller. This can go a long way to making your day greener, especially if some guests are already travelling to be with you on your big day.
Use local ingredients for your menu
Requesting your caterer or chef uses locally grown, seasonal produce will not only taste delicious, it’s also a way to put something back into the local economy by supporting local businesses. If you also source organic ingredients then it’s a double win for the environmentally conscious happy couple.
The moment your guests shower you with confetti after you have said your vows and become partners in marriage doesn’t have to be harsh to the environment either. You can purchase biodegradable confetti in every shape, size or variety to complement your special occasion from our website here. This is often preferred by many churches and other venues so is well worth considering.
Pick your own table decorations
Decorating your venue is a vital part of the day. This is when your guests will really appreciate your personal taste and theme. Using locally picked flowers, ferns, berries and sticks to make centrepieces can be really effective, giving a natural look against starch white tablecloths or even on vintage tables with no linen.
Use alternatives to paper
Wedding planning can mean sending out an array of paper – from save the date cards to official invitations then the place names at the reception and subsequent thank you notes. To avoid using unnecessary amounts of paper for each stage, you could rely on email or a group on a social media platform to let your guests know the finer details of the day. Place names can be written or painted on stones or leaves found in your garden or local parks and will make a quirky statement.
There are lots of ways to respect the planet and do your bit for the environment on your happy day. What ways can you think of to contribute to an eco-wedding theme?