Her first top tip is to stay local. “Prioritise local and seasonal food and drink wherever you can. Not only will this help to support small local businesses, it will also be the most environmentally friendly option,” she says. “My husband and I are both vegan, so our menu was plant based which, like the dress code, gave our guests something to talk about – even if they hadn’t met before.”
Not sure where to start? Head to Green Union, a wedding directory set up to guide brides-and-grooms-to-be to help pinpoint the perfect local and sustainable options – everything from sustainable cakes to catering and venues.
The second key tip is to avoid anything single use if possible. “For decorations, prioritise items that can be used time and time again,” says La Manna. This is echoed by Sian Bowron, founder of Amethyst Weddings, which specialises in sustainable receptions: “I try and hire as much as possible for the weddings I organise – such as glasses, cutlery and candle holders – to avoid using plastic, disposable versions and reduce waste.”
If you want to turn your big white wedding green, we applaud you – look no further for a complete guide to how to plan an eco-friendly wedding, from the venue and decor to the all-important dress.
Eco-friendly wedding venues
There’s no one type of wedding venue that’s the most environmentally friendly – it’s simply a case of selecting a venue that lessens the amount of energy and resources needed for your wedding as much as possible. Although, as La Manna says, travel is a key contributor to a wedding’s carbon footprint, so “perhaps consider hosting it in a place which requires the least amount of travel from your guests.”
While a wedding in a field or on a farm may seem like the most sustainable choice, it can often be more energy and resource-intensive to construct a temporary structure like a marquee or tipi and supply it with power. Wedding venues are also likely to have the necessary infrastructure in place already, which takes some of the practical considerations off your plate. Opt for decorations and furniture you can re-use, too.
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