Your wedding day should be the most special day of your life but that doesn’t mean that it has to have a huge impact on the planet. There are plenty of ways you can have a blast but reduce your footprint too. Here are some top ideas for keeping things green.
OK, so we know your wedding dress is a big deal but what’s the use of wearing it once, then chucking it in the back of the cupboard to get old and dusty? There are plenty of ways you can reuse it, you just need to find a good seamstress. You can even sell it on, helping someone else to look fabulous on their special day. The same goes for the groom’s suit – choose one that has a shelf life.
Use decorations that can be reused or recycled. Think paper, glass and greenery and try to avoid plastics where possible.
Flowers can make a wedding but there’s nothing that says their shelf life ends at the end of the day. Give them to your guests to take home, or use plants and foliage that can keep on growing.
Try and use accessories that keep on giving. Candles can be used for months after the big day. Leftover lights and decorations will come in handy at other festive occasions. And items like table centrepieces will always make great birthday gifts later in the year.
Everyone wants their wedding day to be the most special and perfect of their lives. But nowhere does it say that it can’t also be a sustainable and low impact affair.
For more and more brides and grooms, keeping their big day green is a big part of the celebration. So here are some top tips on how to reduce your wedding footprint.
Dressing the venue is very important but try and use materials that you can reuse or recycle. Even better if you can source recycled materials to begin with. Think paper, card and glass rather than plastic.
Local and seasonal food
Here in Portugal there’s an incredible range of local and seasonal produce to choose from. From classics like sardines and cod, to olives, chorizo and olive oil, keep your food miles to a minimum.
It wouldn’t be a wedding without flowers but try and use native flower species that haven’t been treated with pesticides and other nasty chemicals. You can even add foliage like olive leaves to keep it greener.
Invites, wedding info, photos and more can all be sent and stored online (just make sure you back up). This will help to keep your paper trail to a minimum.
These days most couples have already set up home or at least have plenty of stuff so the traditional wedding gift list is dying out. Think about if you really need any more stuff or ask for donations to a worthwhile charity instead.
We have to take our responsibility to the planet seriously these days, even if it is our wedding day. That’s why we are seeing more and more couples asking us to plan low impact weddings that don’t damage the environment. With all those people travelling and so much planning to do it might not seem easy to keep things simple, but trust us, it might be easier than you think.
The key is to think local. Use the materials and environments around you to both connect you with place and reduce transportation. In Portugal, that means using olives…
decorations and props…
and of course, the array of stunning wedding destinations and venues on offer…
As this F&F wedding in Portugal proves, you can keep things simple, use local produce, facilities and venues, and still have a stunning wedding that’s as green as possible. We told you it was easy. Oh yes, and don’t forget the haystacks for seating. Can’t get greener than that.