The average UK wedding emits 14.5 tons of CO2e, that's more than the average yearly footprint of a household. Each year there are around 280,000 weddings throughout the country, we need to look at ways to make the industry more sustainable.

I recently completed Carbon Literacy Training with the Sustainable Wedding Alliance, this training was a real eye opener and I wanted to create a blog post to direct couples and suppliers to bring awareness about wedding sustainability and what we can all do to make more eco-friendly choices.

What is a sustainable wedding?

A sustainable wedding is one that minimizes its environmental impact by incorporating eco-friendly practices and materials throughout the planning process and wedding day execution.

Why should I consider having a sustainable wedding?

Sustainable weddings help reduce waste, conserve resources and promote environmental responsibility.

Are sustainable weddings more expensive?

Not necessarily. While some eco-friendly options might have a higher upfront cost, there are also many affordable sustainable alternatives available. Reducing waste can sometimes lead to cost savings.

From venue selection to styling choices, every decision you make can have an impact on the planet. In this blog post, we'll explore some tips and ideas for planning a more eco-friendly wedding without compromising on style or elegance.

Venue Selection:

Choosing a wedding venue is one of the first and most important decisions you'll make. Opt for venues that prioritise sustainability by using renewable energy, minimising waste and supporting local suppliers. Consider outdoor venues such as parks, gardens or vineyards, which often have a lower environmental impact and provide a beautiful backdrop for your special day.

Eco-Friendly Invitations:

Reduce paper waste by opting for electronic invitations or using recycled paper for printed invitations. You can also explore creative alternatives such as plantable seed paper or eco-friendly inks. Encourage guests to RSVP online to further minimize paper usage and streamline the planning process.

Sustainable Styling:

When it comes to styling think green! Choose locally sourced, seasonal flowers and foliage for bouquets, centrepieces and ceremony arrangements. Consider alternatives to cut flowers, such as potted plants or dried flowers, which can be reused or composted after the wedding. Minimise waste by opting for reusable or biodegradable items, such as fabric draping, wooden signage or recycled glassware.

Catering and Food Choices:

Work with caterers who prioritise sustainability by offering locally sourced, organic and seasonal menu options. Minimize food waste by planning your menu carefully and donating leftovers to local food banks. Consider serving vegetarian or vegan dishes to reduce the carbon footprint associated with animal agriculture. Choose beverages produced using sustainable practices, such as organic wines or craft beers from local breweries.

Transportation and Travel:

Encourage guests to car share, use public transport, or arrange group transportation to reduce emissions from travel to and from the wedding venue. Consider holding the ceremony and reception at the same location to minimise travel distances for guests. If possible, offset carbon emissions from travel by supporting carbon offset projects or donating to environmental organisations.

Eco-Friendly Favours and Gifts:

Instead of traditional wedding favours, consider giving guests eco-friendly gifts or donations to environmental causes. Choose items that are reusable, recyclable or biodegradable, such as seed packets, homemade candles or soap, fair-trade chocolate or reusable tote bags. Create a registry for experiences, donations or sustainable products that align with your values and support sustainability initiatives.

Planning a sustainable wedding is not only good for the planet but also an opportunity to showcase your values and inspire others to make eco-friendly choices. By incorporating these tips and ideas into your wedding planning process, you can create a memorable and meaningful celebration that reflects your love for each other and the environment. Together, we can make a difference and pave the way for a more sustainable future.