ECO-FRIENDLY WEDDING IDEAS

eco friendly wedding stationery

Wherever you look at the moment, you’ll see that the environment is big news. From the peril of plastic to the harm caused by fast fashion, it’s no surprise that more and more of us are considering what we can do to help. If you’re planning your wedding, there are so many options open to you if you’d like to host a green wedding day. We’ve rounded up lots of our favourite ideas right here and, whether you pick just one or two or opt for a completely eco-friendly wedding, we can’t think of a better venue than our woodlands and award-winning ceremonial buildings. Anyway, on with the ideas…

eco wedding dress

Let’s start with wedding dresses and this is definitely one area where you can go green without compromising on quality or style. There are two main options – go for a pre-loved gown or choose a new gown from a designer with strong eco credentials such as Sanyukta Shrestha. Sanyukta works with Fairtrade, ethically produced fabrics and creates gowns that are simply stunning.

eco friendly wedding decorations

Your wedding breakfast could easily dent your eco-friendly plans unless you think carefully. Potted plants and flowers will last unlike cut flowers which are usually thrown away after the big day. You can work with compostable bamboo plates, wooden cutlery to create a really gorgeous look and if you work with local caterers who use seasonal, locally sourced produce, you’ll be well on your way to a greener wedding.

sustainable wedding ideas

We’re all for recycling so why not set up recycling stations at your wedding so that guests can easily dispose of their waste? We also love the idea of trying to cut down on the amount of glasses needed too (just think of the power needed to run those dishwashers) and gifting guests glasses that can stay with them throughout the day is a great idea.

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There are plenty of options for eco-friendly details too. Use recycled paper for invitations or even go for invitations printed on seed paper – these can be planted and will bloom in no time! Alternatively, cut out the paper altogether and send your invitations electronically instead. For the wedding day, you can cut down on paper usage here too – menus and orders of the day written on blackboards, pallets or even vintage mirrors look wonderful.

When it comes to your wedding rings, think Fairtrade metals and ethically sourced, conflict-free stones. There are lots of designers out there now with strong eco-friendly portfolios, particularly online, and the bonus here is that you can often personalise your rings too.

environmentally friendly wedding ideas

Definitely think about reusing what you already have before you buy because so many items purchased for weddings after never used again after the big day. You could repurpose an old suitcase as a table plan or holder for wedding cards, use an old ladder to create a photo display or even just move flowers and decorations from your ceremony to your reception to cut down on the amount you need.

eco friendly wedding favours

Eco-friendly wedding favours are super popular right now and importantly, they’re also popular with guests because it’s so sad to see lots of favours left behind at the end of the night. Wildflower seeds, locally produced honey, little trees that guests can plant themselves or potted plants to take home are great options. You could even make a donation to a charity such as the Woodland Trust instead!

If you’d like a natural wedding day, why not start with your venue? Our woodland wedding venues at Rainford, Colney and Chiltern are a beautiful backdrops for your ceremony and we offer a range of packages to suit all budgets. If you’d like to find out more or request a brochure, do get in touch.

 

Credits:

Image 1: Sanyukta Shrestha gowns on Love My Dress

Image 2: Left Aaron Delsie on Kimberley Bradford Events | Top Right via Pinterest | Bottom Right With Love & Embers on Green Wedding Shoes

Image 3: Left Lane Dittoe on Style Me Pretty | Top Right via Brit + Co | Bottom Right Apropos Roasters on Etsy

Image 4: Top Left Off Beat Bride | Top Right Aide Memoire on Etsy  | Bottom Left Daniela Mueller on The Natural Wedding Company| Bottom Right Wildflower Favours

Image 5: Left Sarah Leggeon Love My Dress| Top Right Kelly J Photographyon Whimsical Wonderland Weddings| Bottom Right Rene Beagle

Image 6: Left via Pinterest | Top Right Brett & Tori Photographers on Wedding Chicks | Bottom Right Bridget Rochelle Photography on Style Me Pretty

PERFECT PUMPKINS – DECORATIONS & DETAILS FOR AN AUTUMN WEDDING

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The evenings are getting darker and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees – autumn is definitely in the air. We love autumnal weddings here at GreenAcres and the decorations that go with them. If there’s one thing that’s perfect for the season, it’s pumpkins and they are absolutely perfect for weddings. If you’d like to know how to use pumpkins with style at your wedding or if you’d like proof that there’s more to pumpkins than Halloween, just read on…

Firstly, let us explain a little more why pumpkins are so perfect. Well, not only do they come in a wonderful range of colours and shapes, you can paint, decorate and light them up to your heart’s content. They’re also a really cost-effective way of decorating and if you like the thought of some real wedding DIY, you can even grow them yourself! So, it’s time for some ideas…

autumn weddings

Pumpkins are fabulous for decorating outside areas at your venue. Use them to line your aisle or add groups of them around your ceremony setting. You can use a range of sizes, shapes and colours or you can add pumpkins, gourds and squashes to installations of props for real impact.

pumpkin wedding decorations

Pumpkins are also a wonderful seasonal alternative to flowers on your tables to. You can use them to create a table runner or mix them in with candles and tea lights for a beautiful soft look. We also love pumpkins that are painted or dipped in glitter – who can resist the sparkle?

autumn wedding decorations

If you’d like a touch of pumpkin beauty on your tables, why not use tiny pumpkins as place card holders or attach seating cards and display them as a super seasonal seating place display.

autumn wedding ideas

We’re all used to seeing pumpkins with glowing candles at this time of year so creating wedding lighting with pumpkins is a great idea. Trail fairy lights among groups of pumpkins or drill holes through the pumpkin skin and pop individual lights through each hole. You can create amazing displays in this way so get creative!

wedding in autumn

There really are so many ways that you can use pumpkins in your day and they make brilliant ring holders! Let your ring bearer bring your rings (and pumpkin!) into your ceremony or just use cute pumpkins for photos with a real autumnal twist.

pumpkin wedding ideas

If you want to personalise your wedding décor then pumpkins are perfect. Paint them, cover them with glitter, add decorative tapes or even melt crayons all over them for a unique ‘drip’ look. You’ll find all the tutorials that you need online and pumpkins can work with any colour scheme.

autumn wedding details

Finally, when it comes to using pumpkins at your wedding, you can go way beyond static decorations and details. We love seeing couples turn pumpkins into guest books or post-boxes for cards. Finally, for totally seasonal signage, group pumpkins together with messages, timings or details of the day written on them – you guests will definitely get the message!

If you’d like to see just how beautiful our woodlands are at this time of year, why not get in touch to arrange a time to visit? We have wedding dates available for 2019 and we’re also booking weddings into 2020 and beyond so to find out more about weddings at ChilternRainford and Colney, request a brochure or contact us if you’d like to check availability or ask any question.

 

Credits:

Image 1: Left Abbey Grace Photography on Capitol Romance | Top Right June Bug Co on Ruffled | Bottom Right via Wedding Ideas Magazine

Image 2: Top Left Megan Robinson Photography on Hey Wedding Lady | Top Right via Wedding Ideas Magazine | Bottom Left Jemma Keech on Want That Wedding | Bottom Right June Bug Co on Ruffled

Image 3: Left Megan Robinson Photography on Hey Wedding Lady | Top Right Kurt Boomer onStyle Me Pretty | Bottom Right Emily Wren Photography on The Knot

Image 4: Left Lights 4 Fun | Top Right Ivan Solis on DesignLoveFest | Bottom Right Clean & Scentsible

Image 5: Left Anna Delores Photography on Style Me Pretty | Top Right Intrigued Experience on Brides Magazine | Bottom Right Tonya Peterson Photography on Wedding Chicks

Image 6: Top Left Tyler Norman Photography | Top Right Skye Art on Etsy | Bottom Left This Love Of Yours Photography on Style Me Pretty | Bottom Right

Image 7: Left Mike Carrerio Photography on Brit + Co | Top Right Noi Tran Photography on Wedding Chicks | Bottom Right MomDot

10 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’VE BOOKED YOUR WEDDING VENUE

All the GreenAcres woodland wedding venues are buzzing this week as we prepare for our Wedding Open Days on Sunday 30thSeptember– we hope to see you soon! If you’re coming along this weekend to book your wedding venue (and receive a 10% discount on all wedding packages over £1000!), then wedding planning is about to get serious. To help you get a head-start, here are 10 things to do when you’ve booked your wedding venue…

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1/ Speak to your wedding party sooner rather than later. You might have already mentally chosen your bridesmaids and groomsmen but you need to be sure that they’re available on your date.

2/ Send out save the date cards. This is definitely a good idea if you’re holding your wedding on a weekday because the more time that you can give guests to organise time off work or childcare, the better.

3/ Update your wedding planning spreadsheet with your venue costs and make sure that you’re comfortable with your budget before you start to book other suppliers.

4/ Start to research important suppliers such as photographers, florists, videographers and even hair and makeup artists. Any wedding professionals who can only work on one wedding per day need to be top of your priority list.

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5/ Start (or edit!) your Pinterest board. Now you’ve got your venue booked, you can begin to refine your ideas for decorations and details because you can be sure what will work in the space you have. You can also share your board with suppliers a little further down the line.

 

6/ Now you’ve got your wedding date, you can work backwards from there to give yourself deadlines so that nothing’s missed. For example, if you know when you need final guest numbers, you can then decide on your RSVP date (10-14 days before you need those final figures is usually a good idea) and then work backwards to confirm when you want to send the invitations themselves. This date then governs when you need to order your invitations so, if you work backwards like this with all your suppliers, you’ll soon have a really comprehensive wedding timeline that should include payment dates and things to do.

7/ If you’re a bride, think about your dress. Oh yes, this is the exciting part but be warned – most wedding dresses take approximately six months to arrive at your boutique once you’ve ordered and then you need time for fittings and alterations too. If you’ve not got that much time, don’t worry. Plenty of boutiques sell their sample gowns at greatly reduced prices and you can take these away with you. Also, the high street shouldn’t be ignored either – you’ll find some great collections here at super competitive prices.

what to do when you book your wedding venue

 

8/ Make arrangements for your ceremony! If you’re holding a civil ceremony at your venue, speak to your local registrar to find out when you can give notice, complete the paperwork and book your date. If you’re working with a celebrant, try to book them as soon as possible too.

9/ With your venue booked, you know how many people you can accommodate on the big day. Refine your guest list so that you don’t exceed your maximum numbers (and always remember to include yourselves in your calculations!)

10/ Celebrate! Booking your venue is a big step along the path to your wedding day so definitely take some time to celebrate! Enjoy the moment and let yourself be as excited as you like about the fact that YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!

planning a woodland wedding

GreenAcres Weddings are holding their September Wedding Open Day on Sunday 30thSeptember 2018 11am – 3pm at Chiltern, Colney and Rainford. For more information, a brochure or a private showround at another time, just get in touch.

 

Images: Hannah Duffy