Top Tips Tuesday: A Green Wedding For The Eco Conscious Couple
Hello fellow wedding lovers, how are you all today? Well I do hope! This morning, we are reminding ourselves that there is always a way in which we can help the environment and make more conciseness decisions, whether that be in day-to-day life; From car-sharing to work, to recycling our household rubbish and disposing of plastics correctly, there are so many small areas in our day-to-day living where we can make a difference. Of course, this is always reciprocated in the news and it’s a rarity that we don’t hear in some shape or form about what us human beings are doing to the place we call home, therefore endangering nature and everything that surrounds it. So, why not make that ‘difference’ be a part of your wedding?
Do you want a wedding that’s both Eco-friendly and unique? Find out how a green wedding can help you to express your individuality, celebrate in accordance with your ethics and make guests feel cherished (not to mention, well fed) whilst doing your bit to help conserve.
Homespun Eco chic…
If you’re a fan of the DIY approach, then a green wedding ties in perfectly with that whole ethos. By creating unique and individual home-made decorations and accessories, you’re reducing your impact on the environment by up-cycling existing objects, cutting down on waste and saving energy on the production and transportation of brand-new items.
Try these simple and easy makes for a handcrafted look that’s kind to the environment:
- Table decorations: Origami that’s handmade from recycled paper adds an original touch to any table.
- Handmade bunting: Up-cycle fabric from old outfits or bed sheets and turn it into a unique and individual keepsake.
- Flower baskets: Instead of cut flowers, create Eco-friendly flower baskets for your flower girl and other attendants to carry.
- Home-baked favours: If you have time, bake and freeze a batch of cookies ahead of the big day. These can be iced and given out as personalised favours for your guests.
Minimise your impact…
The ideal green wedding will leave little or no trace. It’s easy to tread lightly and reduce your Eco footprint if you plan carefully. Here are some easy ways to cut down on waste and minimise your wedding’s impact on the environment:
- Ask for donations instead of gifts: For many couples who have already set up home together, the concept of a wedding gift is outdated, and simply results in too many toasters. So, one obvious way to cut down on excessive consumption is to ask your guests not to buy you a wedding present. Of course, many of your closest friends and family members will still want to give you something. You can request that they donate to a charity of your choice, or otherwise create a wedding list with eco-friendly items that will be cherished, not chucked.
- Don’t go disposable: The temptation at a party is often to use disposable plastic cups and paper plates. But that generates a lot of waste. Give your guests something altogether more classy by serving food and drink using reusable cutlery, glasses and crockery that you can hire from vintage suppliers, or your caterer.
- Break it down: If you’re going to have confetti at your wedding, make sure it’s the biodegradable kind like these ones here. This is a natural product that will break down when it rains, so it won’t litter the environment or cause harm to animals or plants.
- Wear it again: What will happen to your wedding dress when the honeymoon is over? Consider choosing a dress or shoes that can be worn again on other occasions; or give your dress to a charity shop when it’s been worn. (You could even buy it second hand to start with.) Explain to your guests that you don’t expect them to buy a whole new outfit for the occasion – so if they have something they wore last month for a friend’s big day, you won’t bat an eyelid if it makes a repeat appearance.
The food that makes your mouth water is often the food that’s been produced and procured ethically, with lower food miles naturally tending to go hand in hand with a gourmet experience and local cuisine. Compare a tropical fruit that’s been refrigerated and flown halfway across the world to the taste sensation you get from biting into a fresh, home-grown organic strawberry picked in season.
With such gorgeous, local plant-based offerings available, a completely vegetarian or vegan menu is a serious consideration if you want to minimise your carbon footprint and avert any animal welfare concerns. If you’re going to include meat and other animal products on your menu, however, go for local producers with free-range farms.
With all of that in mind, here are some tips for making Eco-conscious catering choices to impress your foodie friends:
- Stay in season: Choose fruits and vegetables that will be at their peak on your wedding day. That might include asparagus in May, courgettes in June, raspberries in July or blackberries in August. Winter weddings can put on scrumptious fare with a menu based on apples, pears, celeriac, parsnips and kale.
- Go local: Investigate local farm shops in your area to keep food miles at a minimum.
- Eat your greens: Offer delicious fare that’s green in both senses! Plant-based menus require less energy to produce the food. You don’t have to go completely veggie, either; simply reducing the amount of meat on offer rather than eliminating it completely will still help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
Will you be creating a greener wedding by opting for more DIY, recyclable and homegrown details? Do let us know in the comments section below on how you are picturing your dream day, eco style!