The Wedding Industry is seeing an influx of eco-conscious brides, all doing their best to reduce their environmental footprint when tying the knot. Being green may be 'on-trend' but I hope it's one that never goes out of style.
Here at Leanna Elizabeth Weddings, I've come up with 10 top ways to help you keep your conscience clear...
1. Wear a vintage or pre-loved dress
I remember the morning after my wedding very well. My beautiful wedding gown lay slumped across the floor of our bridal suite and I remember feeling a sudden pang of sadness at the realisation that I would never wear it again. The dress I had so carefully carried from the shop and strapped into my car like a small child to ensure it didn't crease, was now strewn across the floor like a used Kleenex.
Nothing would make me happier than seeing my precious gown being worn by another bride in the future (doesn't every bride imagine their daughter or niece wearing it?). I don't think I will ever bring myself to part with it, but I hope that one day it will be reused in some way.
When I was searching for a wedding gown, I was blown away by the number of shops which specialise in pre-loved wedding dresses. The prices were incredibly reasonable given they would have cost a small fortune bought from new!
Vintage dresses will never go out of style and are the perfect option for a bride who isn't afraid of making a retro statement.
Dress from the Luna Bride collection
2. Stick to local suppliers
Not only will you be helping to support local business, you'll be helping to reduce the carbon footprint of suppliers who would have otherwise had to travel a long distance to get to your wedding.
3. Organise a bus for multi-pick ups
Whether it be a minibus or a doubledecker, by organising transportation for your guests, you'll not only be relieving them of the burden of sorting out their own transport, but you'll be collectively reducing the overall carbon footprint of your guests. To keep costs down, simply ask for a contribution from them - it's sure to work out cheaper than individual taxis!
Celebration Vintage Cars http://www.weddingcarsbrixham.co.uk
4. Choose favours which can serve as place-cards
Try to avoid wastage where possible by selecting multipurpose elements for your wedding. These cookie place cards look great and achieve just that.
Cotton rag is also hot on the scene right now and gives a soft, romantic look to a table setting. Opt for 100% recycled material and watch out for ink which contains any nasty chemicals. Choose a vegetable-based ink instead.
5. Choose an Eco-Conscious Ring
There are some beautiful and original wedding bands available which don't cost the earth - literally. Look out for bands made from recycled silver coins, or bands made from wood.
6. Use e-invites
If you're looking to forego paper entirely, e-invites are the perfect solution, particularly with the increasingly popularity of wedding websites.
Who uses RSVP cards these days, anyway?
7. Go Veggie!
By offering a plant-based menu, less energy is needed to produce the food you serve your guests. Not feeling it? You don't need to go completely meat free. If you are going to serve meat, make sure its from a local farm to keep your carbon footprint down.
8. Pick the best of the crop for the season
This leads on nicely from the previous point. Serve greens which are in season around the time of your wedding. The same goes for the flowers you select. A lot of the flowers you see on pinterest might not be in season and may need to be imported increasing your costs and carbon footprint substantially!
9. Go foam free
Lots of florists are taking the plunge and going foam free, opting for chicken wire to create their installations instead. OASIS® is an open cell plastic which contains many hazardous substances and is toxic to humans. Stay clear!
https://bowtieandbellephotography.co.uk flowers by Bramble and Wild, Frome
10. Use biodegradable confetti
Lots of venues have now banned artificial confetti so opt for natural leaves or dried flowers. Not only do they look better, they smell great too!
Shropshire Petals are the go to choice for biodegradable pretties!
Leanna Elizabeth Weddings helps brides-to-be looking for an elegant and timeless wedding day to realise their vision and throw a stunning and perfectly executed wedding day. Based in Frome in Somerset, Leanna Elizabeth Weddings offers services to brides-to-be across the whole of the South West and internationally.
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