A nice day for a green wedding
After couples were forced to delay nuptials due to the pandemic, around half a million weddings are in the process of being planned.
During this time, the cost-of-living crisis and climate change emergency has reimagined priorities for many people.
These pressures combined mean those getting married in the near future may be looking at
green wedding alternatives. As a bonus, planning a sustainable celebration could be much
easier on your bank account.
Most classic wedding decorations, such as confetti, balloons and fairy lights take a great toll
on the environment. Many of them are single-use and made of materials which are toxic
when breaking down.
Use real, sustainably sourced flower petals as confetti and avoid using plastic wrapping,
where possible. Unless provided by the venue, hire your crockery and glasses so that you’re
reusing existing products.
Although a lot of couples like to provide extravagant guest favours, these little gifts are
meant to be tokens for those attending your wedding. As such, they don’t need to be
Some of your table decorations could easily double as favours. Provide place names made
from recycled or biodegradable material, as these are personalised and therefore make the
Other green options (quite literally) include giving mini succulents or seeds for guests to
Vegetarian and vegan food is much more sustainable than menus which include a lot of
meat. However, this isn’t a popular option with everyone.
To get guests onside, studies show that people favour choosing meatless meals when told
the carbon footprint of the alternative. Try asking caterers if you can include information on
your menu to share the reasoning behind a greener alternative.
If you still don’t think guests will be pleased with a complete absence of meat, consider
including it in one course only.
Additionally, buffet options are often a more wasteful option than dinner service, as they
need to be scaled up. Whichever dishes you go for, select seasonal options so that
ingredients won’t need to be imported.
Sustainable clothing includes using materials which have been responsibly sourced and
wearing clothing that is reusable, second-hand, or created by a local retailer.
Hiring clothing is also an eco-friendlier option and is particularly popular with wedding suits.
What’s more, you may find that being sustainable with your wedding wardrobe saves you a
significant amount of money compared to the cost of brand-new.
Picking seasonal flowers can go a long way to reducing the carbon footprint of your floral
arrangements, as they may not need to be imported. To go one step further, try to source
flowers from local growers, reducing the distance further.
Choosing a florist who avoids using floral foam is an important factor to bear in mind, as it
contains a lot of plastic. On a large scale, this creates a lot of waste that won’t break down.
Location and transport
Out of everything you could do to make your wedding eco-friendly, the most beneficial
would be choosing a location closer to home or near the majority of your guests. In doing
so, the carbon footprint of travel will be greatly reduced.
To further minimise this, have your ceremony and reception at the same venue or within
walking distance of each other to avoid the need for hiring any group transport on the day.
Give your day that extra special flare by showing love for both your partner and the planet.
Do you have any green tips for wedding celebrations? Be sure to let us know in the