It’s 2019 and sustainability is probably one of the most important topics of the decade. With so much to consider many people are left wondering, ‘But how can I make any difference?’ Well we’re here to help you see how easy it can be and going eco-friendly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality, there’s so many ways to be more sustainable, even when it comes to your wedding day. Here’s our list of the different ways you can become a sustainability warrior… dressed in white.
Confetti. You either love it or you hate it. Either way, you can’t deny it does make for a VERY cool photograph. If you are a confetti fan then perhaps choosing a biodegradable option is something you can think about. You can purchase some handmade confetti or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous try collecting leaves and flowers from the ground outside and cut them into cool shapes, this could be especially stunning for an autumn wedding.
The Wedding Favours
The wedding favour – now this can be a bit of a nightmare to sort out. So much to think about, what’s the cost, what’s something that everyone will be able to use/enjoy, not too big or too small, something that’ll last, but not something that will damage the planet. ARGH! Well here’s a clever idea – plant seeds. It’s sustainable, inclusive of all ages and there are so many fun options to choose from!
The Wedding Gifts
Much like the wedding favour, the gifts you receive on your wedding day can be great or just plain impractical. However; if you’re really feeling the sustainability vibes why not check out some green charities in the local area and ask your guests to make a small donation in your honour? It helps the planet but also means you don’t need to spend your honeymoon trying to find space for that 5th serving platter, and buckets of silverware!
Your wedding venue is probably on the top of your list of things that MUST be perfect. There are so many variables to think of, but if you’re going for a more sustainable wedding day be sure to do your research and choose a venue that endeavours to be just that – sustainable. Good criteria to follow would be, how do they source their food, what’s their recycling and waste management like and what kind of environmentally friendly alternatives do they offer, things like paper straws and reusable napkins are a good start!
The Wedding Dress
There’s nothing shabby about something pre-loved. You just need to look in the right place. Check out charity shops for accessories and shoes and even encourage your guests to shop there for their outfits. Wedding dresses may be slightly more difficult to obtain from a charity shop so maybe try online retailers like Ebay or Gumtree for something pre-loved. But if pre-loved just isn’t your thing, no problem – you can always try shopping with sustainable designers instead and get something made just for you, without the carbon footprint.
Why not use this as a chance to get a little creative? Gather your bride tribe, order in some take out and a few bottles of wine and get gluing! The sky is your limit here, buy some cool recycled paper, dried flowers, some colourful pens and see where the vibe takes you.
Limo’s and vintage cars have all been done before. If you’re looking to make a real first impression on your guests then try arriving in a slightly less conventional way. Hire a coach and deck it out, or even arrive by pushbike. It’s not as scary as it sounds, and it’s sure to leave your guests wanting more!
So there you have it, your very own guide to becoming a sustainable bride (and groom) to be. Choose a few or choose the lot, it’s up to you. And if you need any more wedding day inspo, be sure to get in touch with us at No.4 Clifton Village and let us help you plan your big day – the eco-friendly way! Our 2019 Wedding Fair is coming up this April 28th don’t miss it!