How can you make sure your wedding is as sustainable as possible?

Wedding days are big events, and this inevitably has an impact on our environment. With everyone doing their utmost to live greener, what can you do to make sure that your wedding is as sustainable as possible? Of course, no wedding is going to be 100% eco-friendly, but there are some things that will help. We’ve put together our top 5 ways you can make your big day more sustainable.

1.    Your Wedding Venue

When thinking about ways to make your wedding more sustainable, the venue itself can help you to achieve this. Finding a location you love that’s close by means that people won’t need to travel far. This will reduce the carbon emissions used to get to your big day. Encourage car sharing between quests, or if you can, organise a shuttle bus to bring them.

The ceremony itself can also be made greener. Having it al fresco will allow the lighting to be solely provided by sunlight and can be a beautiful way to get back to nature. Obviously, this doesn’t always go to plan, even in summer, but it is an idea to think about if you have an alternative in the case of rain.

2.    Your Wedding Stationery

Less is more with stationery. Not only will thinking green reduce your costs, but it will also reduce the environmental impact all that paper has.

For Save the Dates, consider sending an email. This way, it will be easy for people to put the date in their calendar, and you can link your wedding website. For those of your guests that aren’t as au fait with email, a phone call will mean more to them that a physical Save the Date. Remember that these are a modern concept anyway, so they definitely aren’t a requirement for any wedding.

For the invites themselves, you can request that recycled paper is used. This is not only more environmentally friendly, but it will give your invitations a unique look all of their own. As for RSVPs, asking your guests to respond via your website is a great way to organise who is attending, as well as getting all of the dietary requirements together. It also saves any more paper from being posted out. In the age of technology, even a text will do!

3.    Your Bouquet

Your bouquet can sometimes include flowers that have been grown overseas and shipped to the UK, so asking your florist to use flowers that are more locally grown can help to cut down the carbon footprint of your wedding. Asking for blooms that are in season is also a sustainable move. This won’t be an option for everyone, but it can provide you with a unique looking bouquet that no one else will have seen.

Another option is to ditch the flowers altogether and go for a brooch, paper, or silk bouquet. Not only will you be able to keep your bouquet forever if you wanted to, it could also be reused, or individual ‘flowers’ from it could be given to guests as favours. Check out our guest post from Rachel Bull who talks about all things floral.

4.    Your Wedding Décor

For décor, think reusable. Books make great centrepieces, and can be used again and again for weddings of friends and family, or placed back on the shelves. Other ideas like this include vintage tea pots or living plants. Succulents are a major trend right now, and they can be given out to your guests at the end of the night.

Less can sometimes be more when it comes to decorating your venue space, but if you do have specific ideas in mind, look out for the items you’re after on your local buy and sell. There are so many websites where you can buy second hand decorations – many of them close to you!

After your wedding day, donate your decorations and signage or sell them on. This way they can be reused by another bride instead of gathering dust in your cupboards.

5.    Your Wedding Dress

Does your dress need to be brand new? When considering ways that you can make your wedding day more sustainable your dress – and bridesmaid dresses – are some of the biggest purchases. Many designers are also based overseas, so buying a dress new is a sure-fire way to increase your carbon footprint.

Buying your dress second-hand from a site like Bride2Bride is not only more environmentally friendly, but it will also save you money. Many of the dresses advertised have never even been worn, and those that have are in great condition. Take a look at our fantastic range of preloved wedding dresses here.

There you have it, five different ways in which you can have a wedding that is more sustainable. Whether you do one or all of these, every step is a way that we can encourage the wedding industry to think green.

What are you doing to make your wedding sustainable? Share your ideas with other brides to be: drop us a message to let us know – on Facebook we’re bride2bride or @bride2bride.co.uk on Instagram, if you want to tag us in your photos of your sustainable wedding.