Eco-friendly weddings have become increasingly popular over the years as couples look for new and inventive ways to say “I do”. Being eco-friendly is important, not just for the environmentally conscious among us, but also because planning an eco wedding has a number of other benefits.
Not only will an eco-friendly wedding have a positive impact on the environment, it will also help your big day become an extra special event. Plus, many eco-friendly weddings tend to end up being cheaper than more traditional or extravagant weddings – more money left in your pocket at the end of the day is never a bad thing!
The perfect eco-friendly wedding will only come from plenty of research and careful preparation, so have fun and get stuck into planning your dream wedding! Here are a few ideas, tips and tricks to help you create the perfect environmentally friendly wedding.
Nowadays, you can get married virtually anywhere. The church is the traditional venue of choice, but if you fancy something a little different, there are plenty of other options.
Getting married outdoors makes for a memorable eco-friendly wedding, and can be used for both the ceremony and reception. Of course, this is dependent on the season and the time of year, but outdoor weddings can look just as good as indoor weddings. Think vintage style and bohemian chic to really maximise the impact.
The ring is one of the most important aspects of the whole wedding. The wedding ring symbolises eternity and was traditionally worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was believed a vein from this finger ran directly to the heart.
A vintage ring or one passed down through the generations of your family is a lovely way to incorporate the past into your future together. If there isn’t a vintage ring in your family, an ethical wedding ring is the next best option.
Similarly, vintage wedding dresses are the way to an eco-friendly wedding. A few tweaks, adjustments and alterations can lead to a brand new wedding dress that looks as good as new. Plus, vintage dresses are one of those timeless trends, so you’re guaranteed to be looking both gorgeous and stylish on the big day. There’s also something about wearing a beautiful dress that you know someone else wore on their own wedding day that just screams romance!
Decoration is key when it comes to weddings. The right décor can finish off the look of your wedding, pulling off the theme and making sure your wedding is remembered for all the right reasons.
If you’re feeling creative, have a go at making some of the decorations yourself. There are plenty of DIY tutorials and wedding décor ideas out there, so do some research and try your hand at crafting your own unique wedding decorations!
Some popular options include handmade bunting (perfect for outdoor weddings), candles and hand-decorated vases or repurposed jars for flowers.
The best way to save money and create a truly unique bridal bouquet is to use home-grown flowers from your own garden. However, if you aren’t green-fingered, go organic or choose a local florist to take care of your bouquet. Flowers can also make great additions to your theme and add to the rest of your decoration, so get creative and experiment with a stunning floral display!
Many people see their honeymoon as the perfect excuse to jet off to exotic destinations, but there are plenty of environmentally friendly alternatives that are guaranteed to save you money as well. Go glamping and embrace the great outdoors, take a trip in a narrowboat or caravan, or find a picturesque cottage tucked away in the countryside. Your honeymoon doesn’t have to break the bank or even include a sunny destination abroad – sometimes the simplest trips can make the best memories.
Of course, these are only helpful suggestions designed to give you some ideas of your own. Your wedding is going to be one of the most important days of your life, and it is an incredibly personal event. Do plenty of research and go for what feels right for you and your partner – it is your big day after all!
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