We’re very happy to report that nowadays it’s easier than ever to have an eco-friendly wedding that can still be the wedding that you’ve dreamed of. Not only does it help our wonderful Mother Earth, but it also often means a simpler budget and less planning panic in the run up – and all without compromising any aesthetic or fun on the day. (Of course!)
We’re biased, but we do think a wedding website is a pretty brilliant way of keeping your wedding eco-friendly (in fact, it’s a totally waste-free way of sending out details and recording responses). Here’s a few other sustainable wedding ideas…
Choose eco-friendly wedding suppliers
Having an eco-friendly wedding doesn’t mean having to forego all of your suppliers and the beautiful services and products they offer! Instead, you can just select them based on their eco-credentials, as well as their mega desirable aesthetic.
For example, many wedding florists, like Fluoresse, are swearing off single-use floral foam; dress makers, like Poppy Perspective, are using surplus materials for their designs, ring makers, like Nikki Stark, are making use of recycled metals, and caterers are avoiding single-use plastic.
Ask your suppliers what their sustainability policies are, and they should gladly let you know.
Focus on local & seasonal supplies
Another way of ticking the green boxes for an eco-friendly wedding is focusing on local and seasonal suppliers and produce.
A menu comprised entirely or mostly of produce from local farms will be even more significant (and even more delicious!), and flowers that are grown a couple of miles away naturally, rather than forcibly grown and then flown halfway across the world, will be much more special when you see them in bloom every year around your anniversary.
Reduce travel where possible
And it’s not just your flowers that could consider their airmiles! Having your ceremony and reception in the same venue – minimising how many planes, trains, and automobiles your guests need to travel to your wedding – can make a big difference.
On that note, hosting your wedding in an area of the country that minimises travel for a lot of guests can really reduce your footprint too. Where that’s not possible – because you’ve just got so many adoring fans around the world, and we can totally understand why – you could investigate more eco-friendly transport methods, like carpooling. (We’ve actually organised this before through one of our wedding websites – it was pretty cool, if we may say so ourselves!)
Double up your decor and details
Being savvy with your decorations can help reduce the waste from your wedding. (And, also, reduce your spend, score!)
For example, rather than getting flowers for the wedding party and for centrepieces, you could repurpose your bridesmaids’ bouquets for the tables – not only are you halving the carbon footprint (and the flower budget), but they won’t have to worry about what to do with them all night when they’re having it large on the dance floor.
Similarly, transferring some of the floral arrangements from your ceremony to adorn the reception space brings a really nice cohesive feel to the day.
You can also be savvy with the finer details, like doubling up favours as place names or desserts. We’re besotted with A.R.D. Bakery’s favour boxes, which are filled with 2 stunning handpainted chocolates and can be personalised. They’re perfect for both showing people where to sit, and as a post-meal, pre-dance floor sweet treat – that is, if you can bring yourself to bite through their gorgeous shell…
Have decor you can use again and again
Another way to maximise style and minimise waste is by buying a feature styling piece which can also be a focal point of decor in your house after the day. (And, on top of that, a lovely way of preserving your wedding!)
We love Alice Gabb’s handmade slogan banners because they look just as iconic above a top table as they do behind your sofa on a cosy night in. (Plus, they’re made from vintage fabric – double win.)
Alternatives also include renting out styling pieces from wedding decor companies, or reusing pieces you already have. It can be really lovely to have a literal part of your home present on your wedding day, making it feel super cosy.
Doing away with the unnecessary bits
Not having things just because you feel like you’re expected to is one of our central tenets here at Gettin Hitched Rocks HQ anyway, but it also has relevance to eco-friendly weddings. The key to this is working out what you both deem necessary, and therefore what you also deem unnecessary.
You may not want to do favours or place names at all, and that’s totally okay. Instead of place names, you may just have a free-for-all seating situation, and instead of favours you may have little conversation starters on each table to get people chatting.
Similarly, you may not want many gifts – chances are you’ve been living together for a while already, so your crockery stocks are chockablock – so you may want to let your guests that know that you’ve got a honeymoon fund or are accepting charity donations in lieu of one. (We love Patchwork for all of our alternative gift list needs.)
And there we have it! Having a green wedding doesn’t mean you have to go green with envy at what you could have done instead – we love how many wonderful ways there are to minimise your impact on the earth, but maximise your impact on your guests.
What are the sustainable wedding ideas you’ve got going on on your day? Let us know in the comments!
And, if you want more ideas and inspiration, check out our stress-free wedding planning course.
Photo by Syrotkin.