Katie Lou Weddings does not profess to be an environmentally perfect business. Instead I prefer the term ‘perfectly imperfect’ as this provides space for me and my business to recognise that we can and always should be looking to improve in every way we can.
Did you know that one wedding generates the same amount of CO2 as five people do in the space of a year?
Please find below details of the measures currently in place to ensure the business footprint is minimised:
We are mostly a paperless business, with all attempts made to find online options and solutions for any primarily paper-based tasks. I use cloud-based solutions to prevent the need for storage of any paper files.
My only paper marketing materials are my business cards, which were carefully sourced to have minimal impact. They are printed on recycled paper with vegetable-based vegan friendly inks, and were produced by a Oxfordshire based wedding supplier. All additional marketing is undertaken using online platforms or brochures provided via email.
3. RECOMMENDED SUPPLIERS
I recommend suppliers who I trust will deliver you an exceptional service, however I always consider their geographical location and environmental credentials too, making sure that this informs my judgement regarding their suitability for your day. I am guided by your personal ethical and environmental values as established early on in our working relationship.
4. SERVICE REGION
With the environmentally conscious mission central to my offering, I only serve couples who intend to marry in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, or their immediately neighbouring counties. This limitation is put in place in order to minimise travel and carbon footprint, both for myself and you as the couple, and to encourage the use of local wedding planners and suppliers for weddings outside of this region. I’ll encourage online meetings wherever possible - with my couples and with suppliers, to minimise unnecessary travel.
5. OFFICE SPACE
As a small independent business, Katie Lou Weddings is run from a home garden office, reducing the need for additional overheads and allowing the business to benefit from the sustainable living swaps that my household has made. I always aim to reuse and recycle within the home, use LED light bulbs, keep my energy consumption to a minimum (yes, that means I am the owner of an Oodie!), and shop sustainably, both for the business and personally. We have a smart meter fitted and are on a green energy tariff.
THANK YOU your support in this. Together we’ll make sure that your wedding celebration is stunning and sustainable.