How to create an eco-friendly wedding
Planning a wedding is a joyful and exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. However, by incorporating eco-friendly and sustainable practices into your wedding planning, you can not only reduce the environmental impact of your special day, but also create a meaningful and memorable celebration. Here are some tips on how to create an eco-friendly sustainable wedding.
Choose a sustainable venue:
One of the most significant factors affecting the environmental impact of your wedding is the venue. When selecting a venue, look for one that has implemented eco-friendly practices, such as using renewable energy sources, recycling and composting, and minimizing water usage.
We are currently working with the Woodland Trust to plant trees, and hedges across the Estate, our office is primarily paperless, we also use eco-friendly lighting where possible, natural ventilation and local suppliers.
When we started back in 2012 we also installed a water treatment plant through a company called Bio-bubble, a pioneering company with the foresight of introducing a holistic approach for reducing the overall energy and carbon emissions of waste water treatment.
Use sustainable decorations:
The decorations at your wedding can also have a significant impact on the environment. Opt for decorations made from sustainable materials such as recycled paper, bamboo, or organic cotton.
Consider reusing decorations from previous events, many couples resell their decorations after their day and so new couples can get a great bargain while reducing waste!
Choose eco-friendly food and drinks:
The food and drinks you serve at your wedding can also be sustainable and environmentally friendly. Look for local, organic, and seasonal food options that support local farmers and reduce transportation emissions.
All our caterers source their food locally as much as possible. When we serve drinks we offer biodegradable straws and supply water in refillable containers instead of single-use plastic bottles.
One of the biggest contributors to the environmental impact of weddings is the amount of waste generated. You can reduce waste by using reusable or compostable plates, cups, and cutlery, and providing recycling and composting bins for guests.
Consider donating leftover food to a local charity or food bank, and repurposing or recycling decorations after the event.
Choose sustainable transportation:
Encourage guests to carpool or use public transportation to reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding. We are easily accessible by public transportation with the bus stop from Salisbury right outside the venue.
We also have accommodation and camping within walking distance.
Use sustainable wedding attire:
The wedding attire you choose can also have an impact on the environment. Look for wedding dresses made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, hemp, or silk. Consider renting or buying a gently used dress, or repurposing a family heirloom to reduce waste. For groomsmen, consider renting tuxedos or suits instead of purchasing them.
Give sustainable favours:
Wedding favours are a great way to thank your guests for coming, but they can also contribute to waste. Choose sustainable and eco-friendly favours such as potted plants, reusable bags, or homemade jams and preserves. We loved Harriet and Peter’s wedding in 2022 where guests were given local Wiltshire honey and wildflower seeds as favours – such a special way to remember their day when those seeds start to flourish!
By incorporating these eco-friendly and sustainable practices into your wedding planning, you can create a celebration that not only reflects your values but also reduces the environmental impact of your special day. Even small changes can make a big difference, and by working together, we can create a more sustainable future.