We’re getting married this month, ahh! I’m not panicking too much as really, most things are pretty much done, but of course I still feel extremely nervous and excited about the entire day itself! As we’ve been planning our big day for over a year now, there are a lot of things that I wish I had done slightly differently, from a sustainable point of view. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love everything about the plans for our big day but I feel like there are things I would do differently or approach differently if I were just starting to plan our wedding now.
I decided it might be helpful to anyone that’s currently planning their big day but wanting to do things a bit more sustainably to put together some ideas on how to go about that. I’ve spent a lot of time looking into this so here are just a few ideas that I’ve put together from browsing online.
Buy Your Dress Second Hand
A biggie. Why not though? I wish I had! I’ll be selling or donating my dress after our wedding because as beautiful as it is, I won’t be wearing it ever again so it seems silly to keep it tucked away at the back of the wardrobe. Charity shops, Depop, eBay and even Facebook are great places to look for people selling their wedding dresses. Not only is buying your wedding dress second hand more sustainable but it will save you money too, and anyone that’s involved in planning a wedding will know that things can get pretty pricey.
Nowadays, there are some wedding venues that require your confetti to be natural/biodegradable if used on their premises and of course, you don’t want tiny bits of plastic and paper floating around and finding it’s way into the ocean do you? Some ideas for natural confetti include:
- dried rose petals
- small dried flowers
- DIY shapes cut from dried leaves (blog post all about it here!)
- Birdseed! (Yup, this really is used as confetti!)
All of the vases and jars on our centrepieces for our wedding have been up-cycled. We’ve collected coffee jars from coffee we’ve bought over the past year and botanical drinks bottles that I collected at work. You could of course use any glass jars from anything that you’ve bought and used up at home. If there is a particular drinks bottle that you like(like I did!) you could pop into a local cafe or restaurant and see if they wouldn’t mind keeping some empty ones aside for you before they get recycled! Not only is this more sustainable than buying brand new glass that’s been made solely for decorative purposes, but it’s essentially free too so saves you a tonne of money, win win!
Ditch the Flowers for Potted Plants
This isn’t something that we’re doing as it’s an idea that I’ve only just come across and like I mentioned, we’ve planned everything already as we’re getting married at the end of the month! But why not ditch having decorative flowers and have potted plants/potted flowers instead? This way, nothing will be being thrown away after it’s one use(your centrepiece/decoration) and you could even ask your guests if they wanted to take a plant pot or two home with them as a keepsake of your special day!
Ditch Disposables + Hire Dinnerware
If you’re having your wedding reception in somewhere like a barn, chances are you’ll have had to outsource your dinnerware. Although buying disposable plates and cups may seem like the easiest option, it’s certainly not a great option for the planet. There are many companies that hire out full dinnerware sets (and sometimes table linen too) so that you don’t need to create an unnecessary amount of paper and plastic waste that will end up in landfill. There’s also the option to ask guests to bring their own plate and cup! Now that’s a fun idea, right?!
Are you currently planning your wedding? Are you looking into more sustainable ways of doing so? Or do you have any sustainable wedding tips? I’d love to know!