This year so many people have decided to be more eco-conscious, so we are seeing the rise in people planning 'zero-waste weddings'!
The zero-waste movement is all about eliminating the use of single-use materials, and opting for products and materials that can be reused time and time again.
Here is some inspiration for planning your own zero-waste wedding:
Sending your invitations online is an easy way to eliminate your waste, and has many other benefits, too. It's so easy to do, affordable, and much less stressful than sending paper invitations.
Alternatively, if you do want to send paper invites, opt for ones that are made from recycled paper.
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We've even seen invitations with seeds inside! This means that once your guests are done with them, they can be planted, and all of your guests can grow their own plant. How cute!
Choosing outfits when you're trying to be eco-friendly can be difficult, as you don't want to compromise on style and want something that will really suit you. Luckily for you, there are so many options.
We would recommend to look in second hand and vintage boutiques to find pre-loved dresses. There will be so many beautiful styles for a fraction of the cost of buying a brand new dress.
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Many brides are also choosing to wear their Mum's wedding dress for their special day. You can then have alterations made if you're looking for a more modern style.
For the groom and groomsmen, consider renting suits. This is a great idea as many men will never wear their wedding suit ever again, and it will just sit in the wardrobe gathering dust.
When choosing your wedding makeup, be sure to avoid single-use products, such as fake eyelashes and makeup removing wipes.
Instead choose makeup that is in eco-friendly containers and packaging, and stay far away from plastic!
Choosing a local venue is very beneficial for the environment, as all of your wedding guests won't have to travel as far.
You may also want to choose a venue that is already very beautiful, such as a castle or a church, as then you won't have to spend as much on décor.
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If you do want to use more décor to add to your venue, you can then reduce your waste by using eco-friendly décor, or choosing a venue that already has décor! Live plants make beautiful decorations, and can be kept long after your special day.
Candles also make beautiful, sophisticated decorations, and are available in lots of eco-friendly materials, such as beeswax.
We would also advice you to ask your venue if they have recycling measures in place.
A beautiful bouquet is so important for any bride! We would recommend to source flowers from a local flower farm as importing exotic flowers can be very harmful for the environment.
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You may also want to grow your own flowers for your bouquets! This is such a fun idea, and will look amazing.
You may not realise, but confetti can be very harmful for the environment, especially if it isn't biodegradable. Opt for petals or seeds for your confetti to reduce your impact on the environment.
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Having no food waste after a wedding can be difficult! People struggle to finish their meals.
To reduce food waste, you could have a buffet instead of set meals. This means that people will take as much food as they want, so may eat more or less than they would at a set meal. The left over food could then be taken home by guests, or donated.
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You can reduce the environmental effects of food waste by sourcing local food, and opting for re-usable cutlery.
Serve drinks in glasses rather than single-use cups is another easy way to stay environmentally-conscious. Make sure any empty bottles get recycled!
And whilst a big wedding cake may look lovely, it's unlikely the whole thing will get finished, so perhaps choose a smaller cake.
Unfortunately, gifts are another way that a wedding can become wasteful, especially if you're receiving things you never asked for or wanted.
You can prevent waste by setting up a gift registry. This means that you will only get gifts that you really want and need. You may also want to ask your wedding guests to wrap your gifts in eco-friendly wrapping paper, or not to wrap them at all.
If you do receive any gifts you know that you won't use, then you can resell them or donate them to a local charity.
Alternatively, ask for charity donations or money as a gift.
Choosing wedding favours with natural ingredients is a great way to reduce waste.
There are lots of natural handmade favours you can also make, including soaps, bath bombs, and jam. Make sure that your packaging is either made from paper, glass, or another more eco-friendly alternative to plastic.
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Many couples choose not to give out favours at all, and this is completely fine!
Most people looking to have a zero-waste wedding choose to honeymoon in the UK. There are so many beautiful places to have a 'stay-cation' in the UK, with popular choices including Cornwall, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Edinburgh!
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We hope you have found this blog useful! For more wedding inspiration, as well as tips, tricks, and advice, be sure to check out our other blogs.