Planning a wedding can sometimes feel like a full-time job. There’s so much to sort out and you want everything to be just right. From finding the right dress to picking the perfect venue. It takes so much organisation as it is, so why make things harder by thinking sustainably? You’ll quickly realise how important it is, and how your big day can make an impact.
You may have heard the word sustainable get mentioned a lot recently, but what does it actually mean? Sustainability means we can live without depleting natural resources. There are three pillars of sustainable living. Protecting the environment, ethical employment, and businesses profiting by following the other two elements. Sustainability is impacting so many industries, and people’s everyday lives. Your wedding may just be one day, but it can definitely make a difference.
It can be overwhelming to start thinking of sustainable changes for your wedding day. So let’s start with something small, but incredibly important. Your wedding ring. You’ll have this piece of jewellery for the rest of your life and it will always remind you of this wonderful time. You’ve got a few different options when it comes to finding eco-friendly jewellery. From shopping vintage to sourcing sustainable materials - you’ll be able to find the right wedding ring for you.
Finding the Venue
OK, let’s move on to a big part of the day: your wedding venue. This will play a huge part in how sustainable your special day is. It’s important to do your research and find a place that suits your needs. A sustainable venue doesn’t necessarily mean being outdoors, it’s a place that reduces the amount of energy and materials used for the day. Some venues are designed to be eco-friendly, and others have good contacts with local suppliers. You should try to keep your wedding as local as possible.
Weddings tend to come with a lot of waste. From leftover food to plastic cups and confetti. There are lots of ways you can avoid waste at your wedding. You could rent certain materials, such as linens, cutlery and crockery rather than use single plastics. Or you could borrow from friends and family to give the setting an eclectic, cosy, feel. You could opt for plated food rather than a buffet to avoid food waste. Or see if you can donate leftovers. You don’t need to compromise on your tastes, you just need to be aware of eco-friendly alternatives.
You’ll remember your wedding day for the rest of your life. Small touches and details can impact your big day and make a difference. You might even inspire others to start thinking more sustainably. What are some other ways you can make a wedding more sustainable?
Published by Gaurav Gupta