How to have an eco-friendly wedding
22 Apr 2022
See how you can waste less with these sustainable wedding ideas
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Whether you want a formal or relaxed day, couples are looking to have more eco-friendly wedding celebrations. From sustainable flower options to shopping vintage for your wedding dress, here are some ways to be more eco-conscious in your wedding planning.
Biodegradable confetti has become a staple at weddings, so it makes sense to look at sustainable flower options, too. Add a personal and eco-friendly touch to your wedding by asking family and friends for seasonal flowers from their garden. You could use a small bunch to make for a memorable bridal bouquet. Alternatively, if there are plenty, you could use them in an elaborate and eye-catching floral installation.
Many florists should have eco-friendly options, which you can discuss during your wedding planning. Some florists may use flowers grown from modern and eco-friendly greenhouses with sustainable pest control and locally grown flower variations to minimise their carbon footprint.
No matter if it is something small like using biodegradable materials in place of ribbons to keep your bouquet together or swapping a fresh bunch for dried flowers, every little bit helps. Organic cotton, wool and linen can also be used to finish your bouquet and give it a minimalistic, boho-inspired look.
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Eco-conscious props and wedding decorations is another option to consider. Instead of creating extra waste by purchasing and throwing away props after the big day, source them from hire companies and venue stylists. Reduce your environmental impact by hiring décor over buying new, looking at ways to be more eco-friendly with wedding table decorations and even picture props for photobooths.
If you are ever unsure, glean advice from your wedding vendors. They will be able to guide you and your partner, working with you to create your ideal wedding while also offering sustainable options. For example, instead of printing your order of the day on paper, consider having a display that can be reused again. You could also use a vintage-style mirror with an erasable marker pen for a sophisticated seating display that can be reused at home.
Reduce your carbon footprint by using small, local bridal boutiques in your area. Larger wedding suppliers tend to import stock from overseas, adding to carbon emissions. Buying from a local designer or shopping at a sustainable boutique not only means less shipping costs, but also cutting out unnecessary import processes.
Alternatively, you could choose a wedding gown that is made from recycled materials. Or, if your mother, family member or close friend is happy to part with it, consider upcycling their wedding dress into a new design. This way, the wedding dress hasn’t been made for one use only.
An eco-conscious venue
Once you have settled on that dream wedding venue, speak with the venue’s team to see what they can do to help you achieve a sustainable wedding. Some wedding venues are looking for ways to improve their carbon footprint and may have eco-conscious values already in place.
If the venue has ample accommodation, see if there are options for out-of-town guests to stay to reduce travel. Alternatively, you can also see if there is a venue more centrally located for your guests, allowing for less travel. If your venue is all-inclusive, discuss your food options and whether meats and fresh produce is sourced locally.