‘With more and more people aware of their impact on the environment, one topic that keeps coming up with the couples I work with is, “how can I have an eco-friendly wedding?” There are so many details to consider when planning that one special day. But how can you ensure it not only looks great, but is also green for the planet? Here are some ideas I’ve picked up along the way…
I’m not suggesting you send a text to save the date, but in this era of virtual communication, email invitations are becoming beautifully designed and more interactive. For instance, you can track RSVPs, communicate with your guests and create a seamless end-to-end experience. I like www.paperlesspost.co.uk/ – their designs are gorgeous and completely adaptable. For those times when only a note through the post will do, I’m a big fan of using recycled paper for your invitations.
Not only does your own creation, such as homemade jam or soap, for instance, leave a lasting impression, it’s affordable and one less thing to shop for. Or, consider ‘gifts that keep on giving’. For example, a packet of seeds that reflect your wedding flowers, herbs in tiny pots, or potted plants as table centres and dotted around your venue that your guests get to take away.
Make the most of a country walk by picking up leaves in autumn (how about the stunning Canadian maple trees near Petersfield). Or, gather home grown flowers and dry them out for your guests to scatter at the end of your ceremony.
As any florist will tell you, using seasonal flowers is more affordable and you’ll earn brownie points for reducing your carbon footprint too. For instance, in spring think tulips, white daffodils, lilac, ranunculus and guilder roses. In summer, select from a pretty palette of peonies, larkspur, nigella, sweet peas, sunflowers and roses. In autumn, create drama with dahlias, calla lillies, hydrangeas and snapdragons. And in winter, embrace a festive feel with hellebores, berried ivy, jasmine, narcissus and poinsettia.
Transport for your wedding is one way of effectively cutting down on your eco impact. Encouraging car-pooling, or hiring a minibus to get everyone from one place to the next is a great place to start. You could get really creative too. A bicycle made for two to whisk you away from the ceremony perhaps? Or even something entirely quirky like a vintage Rickshaw, which you can hire from Turmeric House www.turmerichouse.com.
If you’d like to have a chat about how you can make your wedding more eco-friendly, drop me a line at email@example.com. I’ll be back soon with some more insider tips on planning your events! See you soon’
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