So you’ve just got engaged to the love of your life and are starting to think about your wedding planning. Perhaps you are an eco-warrior and have always dreamed of making your wedding eco-friendly? Or maybe, the idea of a ‘green’ wedding has just hit you?
If, for whatever reason, you like the idea of planning a wedding that won’t harm the environment, you are in the right place. To help you plan the most amazing eco-friendly wedding, we have created a guide to everything that you will need to know.
Use recycled materials
When it comes to things like the save-the-dates, invitations and place settings, use recycled paper. Get in touch with local companies and find out whether they can work with recycled paper.
Another cute idea for your invites is to order seed paper invitations that after your wedding can be planted so that the seeds can grow. This is a wonderful idea, as it gives you and your guests a lasting memento of your special day.
Buy a second-hand wedding dress
Okay, for many brides this may lead to screeches of shock, but hear me out. If you want a wedding that is truly green, opting for a second-hand wedding dress could be the way to go.
If your mum or grandmother still has her wedding dress, you could always consider wearing that. If you don’t like the design or shape don’t stress, you can always take it to a local seamstress to get it altered.
Use local vendors
For a green wedding, using local vendors is a must. Not only does this reduce the amount of carbon emissions used for your wedding, but it also supports the local economy. From your food to entertainment vendors, make sure to book local companies.
When it comes to booking a caterer, make sure to choose a company that uses local ingredients as much as possible. It’s also important to check that all the produce that they use are sustainably sourced.
Go for eco-friendly rings
You may not realise it, but even your wedding rings can be green – not literally. More and more jewellers are now going green, offering rings that are made from recycled metals – gold and silver. So make sure to have a look online to find your nearest green jeweller – there are plenty of them around.
Top tip: If you are opting for a ring with a diamond in it, make sure to ask where it comes from. What you don’t want is to end up with a blood diamond – aka, one that was mined by slave workers. (Apologies, for putting a downer on your wedding planning, but it’s worth mentioning.)
Grow your flowers yourself
Instead of ordering your flowers from a florist, consider growing them yourself. If you don’t have a green thumb, you could always ask one of your friends or relatives to grow them for you, instead. By growing and using your own flowers for the table decorations and bouquets, you will save yourself a lot of money. As well as helping to save the environment.
There are lots of other fantastic ideas that you could use for your eco-friendly wedding, but hopefully these will get your started.