If you’d like to plan a sustainable and plastic-free wedding, these tips from Wedding in a Teacup are perfect!
Prompted to launch Wedding in a Teacup in 2011 by the amount of waste she saw while planning her own wedding, Hester Lear has some great tips for planning your own environmentally friendly, plastic-free wedding. Read on for some top ideas for planning a more sustainable celebration, that could actually save you some money too!
Your venue and suppliers
Likely to be one of most expensive aspects of your day, and perhaps to have the biggest environmental impact, is your wedding venue. We’re not saying you need to get married in a field (unless of course you want to), but it’s important to have some questions in mind when choosing your dream location. How do they recycle for example? What do they do with leftover food? And, do they use plastic cups or straws? All important questions to ask when viewing potential venues.
It’s also great if they have a list of recommended local suppliers too – using local companies means less travel and therefore a smaller carbon footprint. Don’t forget to check with these suppliers where their items are actually made, too. Plenty of UK companies stock items that have been made far from here.
Planning an intimate celebration is a great way to limit the environmental impact of your wedding. Fewer guests means less waste and travel, so if you need an excuse to cut guest numbers, this is perfect!
Start by considering what you absolutely must have at your wedding, and what’s not so important. Stick to the essentials and start brainstorming how to create the perfect look.
Recycling is great, but re-using is even better! If you’ve been dreaming of a candlelit dinner, ask your venue if they have candles you can borrow. If not there will probably be a local décor hire company who will drop off, set up and pick up. If you can’t find what you’re after for hire locally, how about collecting them second-hand from car-boot sales? These could even double up as your favours, with each guest taking home a candle holder as a lasting keepsake.
Making considerate choices and using re-usable or recyclable materials whenever possible in your decor is a great idea. Make simple swaps such as writing guests names on card tags, instead of single use place-name holders for example. Have cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Use rose petals scattered on your tables rather than plastic confetti. And of course paper straws with your cocktails!
When it comes to wedding favours, remember they aren’t essential! No-one will mind if you ditch them, but if you love the idea of a thank you gift for your guests, why not opt for something that will actively help the environment?
Flower seed favours are a fab example – perfect for guests of all ages, no matter how green fingered they are! Plus, you’ll be happy knowing your day has contributed to happy bees. Another great choice are food favours, especially the homemade kind that can be wrapped in pretty paper bags or boxes to avoid plastic waste. Think delicious homemade fudge for a sweet treat your guests can’t resist!
Doubling up on as many items as you can is a great idea to limit waste too, such as combining favours and place names for example. Have fun with it and get creative!
Finally, a lot of time and money can go into finding the perfect clothing for your wedding party, but instead of choosing something they may not even like, let alone wear again, why not let them choose their own outfits?
If you have a colour scheme in mind, you could give your bridesmaid a palette to stick to when choosing their gowns. Similarly, the groomsmen could choose their own suits or wear one they already have, but all wear matching ties. However, if a more uniform look is what you’re after, it’s definitely worth checking out hire firms or pre-loved options.