A stylish big day with a reduced carbon footprint? Let Jennifer Combes of Talk of the Town Parties tell you how to do just that.
We’re always being reminded about caring for our environment, and it’s becoming an increasingly important part of our daily lives. From car-sharing to work to recycling our household rubbish, there are so many small areas in our day-to-day living where we can make a difference.
Therefore, when Jennifer Combes got in touch to tell us about Talk of the Town Parties, offering recycled stationery, we were all-ears. Jennifer has a passion for nature, wildlife and preserving the environment around us; therefore, we’re delighted to share with you on WeddingHour her Top Tips this Tuesday for an eco-friendly wedding:
Say ‘Hello’ to the new world of eco-chic weddings. Gone are the days when having an eco-wedding meant hugging a tree in a pair of muddy, yellow wellies (although go for it, if that’s your thing!). Instead, a new range of stylish, eco-alternatives are emerging, as more and more couples are beginning to think about the environmental impact of their wedding day. For many brides and grooms looking for something different, this sector of the wedding industry is becoming a breath of fresh air.
Whether you are pro-eco or have never considered it before, these Top Tips this Tuesday will help guide you through a variety of eco-friendly options available to anyone planning their big day. Whether you’re motivated to make one contribution to an eco-wedding day, or are looking to reduce your carbon footprint all day long, here are some ideas to inspire!
In most instances, eco-friendly wedding stationery will mean that the paper or card used to make your invites, RSVPs and other stationery has come from a commercial forest that practices sustainable forestry management, such as FSC. Simply put, trees will be cut down to make your stationery but the way in which this is done is managed to ensure the longevity of the forest as a whole.
Recycled card, on the other hand, ensures that no new trees are cut down at all. For an extra flair to your style, why not try 100% recycled elephant or rhino dung card? That might sound a bit unusual, but take a look below: these cards use dung from rescued or retired elephants being cared for in Sri Lanka.
Not so sure? Perhaps you could go eco for your favours with 100% recycled seeded wildflower card? Guests can simply plant your stationery back into the ground to re-grow a mini-British wildflower meadow (and take the memories of your day away with them to treasure).
Vintage Wedding? Floral Styling? Whatever your theme may be, you can add an eco-touch, such as biodegradable balloons and confetti to beautiful recycled garlands.
Handmade fabric flower arrangements are also becoming increasingly popular, and look stunning. If you can’t bear not having real blooms and don’t want to go totally eco with your flowers, but fancy adding the odd touch, you could try going eco with your wedding favours. Treat your guests to a mini Fairtrade chocolate bar or fill up little recycled glass jars with wild flower seeds. Or how about this amazing vintage vinyl record cake stand? We can see this looking incredible at a music-inspired festival wedding!
Your wedding rings are undoubtedly one of the most important parts of your wedding. After all, these will remain with you both long after the wedding day flowers fade and the music stops. If you like the idea of having an eco-wedding but can’t bear the thought of not having your rings, why not have a family ring redesigned just for you? It’s a beautiful way to pass a family heirloom through generations. (Remember when we told you how the fabulous Ian Henderson Designs can bring your design to life? Click here to revisit our blog and see their incredible work).
Want something a little different? Why not try reinvigorating a traditional relaxing beach getaway by combining it with an animal conservation programme? Whether you’re counting turtles in the Seychelles or caring for baby elephants in Thailand, there are many different once-in-a-lifetime animal volunteering programmes that could make for wonderful honeymoons. Sunshine, beaches and doing good? Sounds perfect to us!
Have you been inspired to have an eco-wedding? Or perhaps you’re now planning an amazing honeymoon working with animals abroad? We’d love to hear your plans! Send us your top tips and your real eco-wedding photos to [email protected] to feature in our complimentary blog!.