An eco-wedding is a celebration that’s still fabulous, but won’t harm in the environment in the process! Here are seven ways to make your day a little more green…
If you love nature and the great outdoors, and want an eco-wedding that’s as green and environmentally-friendly as possible, Heaton House Farm – a bespoke countryside wedding venue on the borders of Cheshire and Staffordshire – explain how to go about it.
Eco-weddings are absolutely all the rage now, and they don’t mean compromising on your dream wedding either. Fashionable and easy to organise, here’s how to plan your eco-friendly wedding day, in 7 easy steps:
Stay close to home, or keep guests all in one place
Keep carbon emissions to a minimum by ensuring guests don’t have far to travel. Alternatively, consider a venue near to local train stations for a cleaner journey, and make sure it offers everything you’ll need in one place. Dozens of cars travelling from venue to venue on your big day should definitely be avoided.
Choose a green, eco-friendly venue
Many wedding venues now take pride in their green credentials, so seek these out. You’ll find they do everything they can to minimise their carbon footprint when hosting weddings, with low-flow toilets, water saving tanks, and energy efficiency. Some, like Heaton House Farm, even have their own solar powers and biomass burner for on-site green energy.
Source everything you need as locally as possible
Keep fuel emissions to a minimum in every part of your planning by choosing local providers for everything you need, whether it’s a DJ or venue dresser. Check what local caterers are available too, as many now champion a field to fork approach, offering a delicious meal with seasonal, organic ingredients.
Opt for a second-hand wedding dress
You won’t want to order a wedding dress from overseas either, so why not re-use your mum’s dress, or another family member’s? It’s ultra-chic, and even if you don’t like the style, customisation is easy with a local seamstress. Be sure to hunt down options in vintage, second-hand shops too.
Print stationery on recycled or sustainable paper
All those wedding invites, menus, table plans and placeholders could mean lots of wasted paper. Do your bit for the forest by using recycled paper or paper from sustainable forests for all your stationery. Lots of companies offer it if you ask, and many even special in sourcing eco-friendly products.
Take home flowers and centrepieces
Big, extravagant bouquets and floral centrepieces can look amazing, but they’re one of the biggest areas of waste at any wedding. Why not consider making some stylish flowers from recycled paper, or opting for silk reusable ones?
If that’s not your thing, don’t worry! Instead, choose a florist that uses sustainable and organic flowers where possible, and be sure your guests share out the flowers at the end of the night. Better still, floral or potted centrepieces can be given as thank you gifts, taken home and planted, bringing more greenery to guests’ homes and acting as lovely memory of your big day – one that grows each year, just like your love!
Ask what happens to food waste
You’ll want your caterers and wedding venue to be environmentally friendly too, so check they recycle food waste appropriately, sending it for composting. Seriously green wedding venues like Heaton House Farm will even recycle food and the fruit from drinks. Corks from bottles are also recycled with RecorkedUK, who give back to local charities!
It really is that simple. Going green on your wedding day isn’t hard work – but it’s absolutely worth it for the environment!
Heaton House Farm is a family run luxury wedding venue in Macclesfield, that specialises in green, eco-friendly weddings for parties of up 600 guests.