Easy Ways To Plan An Eco-Friendly Wedding Day

The environment is a hot topic at the moment, with everyone looking at ways that we can be kinder to the world we live in, and an increasing number of couples are considering ways they can be eco-conscious when it comes to wedding planning. So, if you want a wedding with as little waste as possible without it feeling like a chore, i suggest you keep reading…

REuse Florals

Reuse your ceremony flowers for your reception décor. That ceremony backdrop would look amazing behind your top table or dessert station. If you’ve used vases or urns overflowing with blooms during your reception, why not use them as table centrepieces during the wedding breakfast? This eco-friendly option will also save you pennies!

wedding bouquet with peonies

Swap Posies For Plants

While flowers may look fabulous, potted plants can look just as stylish and they’re much more sustainable. Use them as table centrepieces, line the aisle with terracotta pots and even offer them as growing gifts for your guests to take home as favours. 


Local Catering

Make sure you know your exact headcount so that you don’t over-order when it comes to your wedding catering. We recommend choosing locally sourced, earth-friendly foods that are not only delicious, they’re sustainable too! A grazing table is the perfect choice as you can spoilt your guests with local meats, cheeses and breads and for an even eco-friendly wedding why not go for a vegetarian diner? Or even a vegan full wedding diner?

wedding diner table decoration

Sustainable Stationery

Let’s talk about how you can ensure your stationery is sustainable. Swap pretty paper goods for bamboo, recycled or even seeded paper – just make sure your guests know the invitations are recyclable! If you want to eliminate paper from your celebration completely, e-invites are always a good idea. Swap hundreds of programmes and menus for one stylish sign displaying all the details that your guests needed to know. Take it up a notch by using a reusable surface such as a chalkboard, glass or a mirror. 

Elope!

Have you ever considered eloping? Less guests generally equals an eco-friendly celebration, and it’s kinder to the purse-strings too. There’s also something ridiculously romantic about eloping with the one you love. You don't know what an elopement is? Well, there are a few conflicting definitions to be found. In the technical sense, “to elope” means “to run away,” but modern times have linked it directly to weddings and marriage. People use “elope” to describe a few different scenarios nowadays: getting married without telling anyone at all, conducting the ceremony with just the two of you and a photographer after having informed others about your plans, or having a very small affair with a few close witnesses and friends. All of these can be done at a courthouse, on top of a mountain, on a beach on the French Riviera among other venue options.

french elopement

Avoid Disposable Décor 

Choose a venue that needs minimal styling and make the most of the great outdoors, but if you do want to decorate your venue try to avoid items that cannot be reused or recycled. Simple changes to your celebration can make a huge difference, such as swapping plastic straws for paper straws for your drink station, opting for biodegradable balloons or using lanterns that you can take home afterwards. Think candles instead of LEDs panels, try to buy local again and not on Amazon.

There are oodles of lovely ways to give your wedding day an eco-friendly touch! If you need even more wedding inspiration, check out the rest of the blog.