Environmentally Friendly Weddings

Here are some ideas to help make your wedding more environmentally, ecologically and ethically friendly. You may like to consider about how and where items have been produced – fairtrade, sustainability, food miles and workers conditions. It will also give you an even greater feelgood factor to your special day and there is no need to compromise on style.

  • Have your own Wedding Website
There are dedicated online sites where you can easily set up your own website. You can include information about the venue, travel, gifts – anything you would like to share with your family and guests. Combine save-the-date and invitations to the website and send out by email.
All this saves using paper and envelopes and postage costs. New information and details can be updated quickly.
  • Email stationery 
Send out your invitations and information by email.
  • Printed stationery
When printing your stationery look at recycled, FSC, or other fibre (non wood pulp) paper options.
  • Make your own
Make stationery and decorations yourself from reused and scrap items.
  • Favours
Think of something individual and long-lasting.
  • ‘Pre-loved’ and Vintage items
Many items can be found from second-hand shops, car boot sales or ebay. From little details for decorating invitations or tables to the wedding dress itself.
  • Hire
Many items can also be hired instead of being bought. This way there is no wastage.
  • Reuse
Choose things, that you would like to buy, that can be reused or passed on to others.
  • Gold 
There is a new certificate of Fairtrade and Fairmined gold to ensure gold is mined responsibly. Check for this when you buy your rings.
  • Organic, Seasonal, Local
Think about where your food and flowers are sourced from.
  • Flowers Get double the enjoyment of your flower arrangements by moving them from the wedding ceremony to the reception.
  • Travel
Look at organising shared transport for guests coming from the same area or to travel between venues – a double-decker bus?
There are many beautiful places to honeymoon in the UK as opposed to ‘long haul’.
  • Numbers
Think carefully on how many guests you invite. Obviously the more you have the larger the impact – financially and environmentally. Fewer people can be more intimate, just as much fun and you can get a chance to enjoy everyone’s company.
  • Gift list
If you are lucky enough to already possess sufficient household items, think about a charity you would like your guests to support instead of buying you a superfluous gift. Alternatively, you can ask for ‘Promises’ of gifts in kind such as to help create a new garden for your home.