IDEAS FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY WEDDING

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As you might imagine, here at GreenAcres, we LOVE eco-friendly weddings. When our couples choose eco, ethical and environmentally friendly touches for their celebrations, it’s just great to see. Today, we’re answering the question ‘what is an eco-friendly wedding’ and giving you some ideas if you’d like to turn your big day green.

Over the last few years, eco-friendly weddings have been more and more popular. We’re all well used to the ideas of reducing, reusing and recycling in our every day lives and now more and more weddings are going green.

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What is an eco-friendly wedding?

For us, it’s all about doing what you can. Our own green credentials are pretty strong if we do say ourselves (find out more here!) so just by choosing GreenAcres Woodland Weddings for your wedding ceremony, you’ll well on the way to an eco-friendly day. You don’t need to insist all your guests arrive on bicycles or ditch any of the details that you’ve been dreaming about but with a little thought, you can plan a wedding that’s a whole lot kinder to the world around us.

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Ideas for an eco-friendly wedding

Here are a few ideas that will work wonderfully, however eco-conscious you want your wedding to be:

  1. Think about where you’re shopping. Are flowers, dresses or decorations being sent halfway around the world for you? Try and support more local companies to cut down on your carbon footprint.
  2. Pinterest is your friend here! There are so many great wedding DIYS that recycle or upcycle items so that’s great for your budget and the greenness of your day!
  3. Talk to your caterers. Where do they source their produce? Lots of caterers now really make a point of local menus or they use organic, Fairtrade or ethical ingredients too. Similarly, wedding cake is usually another major source of waste – downsize if you can.
  4. Rather than simply buying big label drinks for your wedding, check out your local breweries, distilleries and vineyards and don’t forget to recycle the bottles!
  5. If you’re using cut flowers, again look for seasonal flowers from Britain but there’s still quite a bit of waste here. Potted flowers or ‘live’ centrepieces can be taken home and not just dumped after the big day.
  6. If you’re giving favours, how about giving something that might do some good? Wildflower seeds, little trees to plant or even a donation to a charity can all make the world a better place.
  7. When it comes to wedding stationery, you can do more than simply use recycled card. Postcard RSVPS obviously use less paper then card-and-envelope designs and you can cut out the envelope liners too. Again, sharing menus on tables is better than giving one to every guest – you’ll be surprised just how many are left behind at the end of the night.
  8. Staycation honeymoons are the new long-haul. We love Canopy & Stars for the most glam green getaways we’ve ever seen. Take a look at ‘the hot tub collection’ for the ultimate honeymoon treat!
  9. Check out Oxfam Weddings for the most amazing pre-loved wedding dresses. You can pick up designer or vintage gowns for great prices and your purchase is definitely doing good.
  10. Hire rather than buy – we definitely live in an age of conspicuous consumption so how about hiring in items rather than just adding to your own personal stock of ‘stuff’?

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You’ll find GreenAcres Rainford and GreenAcres Chiltern on The Natural Wedding Company and if you’re planning an eco-friendly wedding, this wedding blog needs to be on your reading list. Don’t forget to also follow us on Instagram and Pinterest for more ideas for a green wedding.

 

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Image 1: Left Clean Plate Pictures on MOD Wedding | Top Right Dmitry Shentyapin on Fab Mood | Bottom Right via Eco Brides

Image 2: Left Lane Dittoe Photography on Style Me Pretty | Top Right via Wedding Dates | Bottom Right Hitched by Hand on nuMONDAY

Image 3: Left Milton Photography on The Knot | Top Right Wild & Wondrous Flowers | Bottom Right Emma Stoner Photo on The Natural Wedding Company