Three Simple Ways to Make Your Wedding Kinder to the Environment

Pink flowers on a table set up for a wedding

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Even if you’re committed to reducing the environmental impact of your day-to-day life – by recycling, using paper straws, for example – you may find that a wedding could throw your sustainability goals off completely. 

However, if you plan far enough ahead, your wedding can be a series of small – and some not so small – opportunities to make sure you don’t do lasting harm to the environment. A sustainable wedding can’t be achieved and it’s an opportunity to stay true to your values.  

While you may not be able to manage eco-friendly everything, these tips will help you make your big day’s footprint as light as possible.

Go Biodegradable or Reusable

Planning a wedding offers several good opportunities to opt for biodegradable or reusable materials in place of more traditional or convenient options. For example, use recycled paper to make decorations, or get some inspiration for DIY wedding invitations from Pure Invitation to see how simple paper invitations can come to life. When it comes to table décor, go for sustainable glass whenever possible, like old jam jars, vases or tea-light holders collected from charity shops.

Revitalise The Confetti Toss

Another eco-friendly switch could be achieved for your confetti. The all-important confetti toss is one of those charming wedding traditions that serve no genuine purpose, but we all love it, don’t we? (Imagine your wedding photos without a snap of the confetti blizzard when you step out, having tied the knot?) 

But hang on: how is tossing polystyrene all over the place good for the planet? Opt for water-soluble or biodegradable confetti, or forgo the traditional look in favour of “living confetti”. You can use lavender, rose petals, or herbs, going for either fresh or dried, depending on the season.

Bride and groom having confetti throwing confetti at them

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Dress

We all know that the bride’s dress is the most important part of a wedding – it’s a huge factor in mine and something I’ve dreamed of for years. Previously, you may have had to go to the local bridal shop and chosen from there. Nowadays, in the age of online shopping and the ability to get whatever you want from anywhere, an eco-friendly dress isn’t too out of your reach.

Luckily, you’re not forced to choose between the dress that twelve-year-old you would have dreamt of, and a dress that blends with your environmental concerns. Sustainable wedding dresses are au fait now, or perhaps try a vintage dress (custom-made, of course) from an ethical wedding dress designer.

If you want your wedding to be true to your values in terms of environmental sustainability, these tips will set you create the eco-friendly wedding of your dreams. 

Just remember, don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t always manage to find an eco-friendly solution to a wedding-planning quandary. Just do your best – at the risk of sounding like Tesco’s, every little helps. Have a fantastic wedding!

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