Eco­-friendly Wedding Tips | Five ideas to make your wedding more green

Good evening my loves! How are you? I’ve been laid up in bed for the last week recuperating from an op, and I’ve got to say, being ill and away from my blog has made me realise [even more] how much I love being a wedding blogger. This wedding blog malarkey is literally my heart and soul and it brings me total joy to help inspire idyllic wedding days.

So yes, I’m sure glad to be back. And… I have some cracking posts to share with you too. Today’s fab post is a guest post from Green Love founder and eco expert, Amy Merli. She’s shared with us her top 5 eco-friendly wedding tips!

So if you care about the environment [don’t we all] and the carbon footprint of your wedding, take some very helpful green wedding advice from this post.

Eco­-friendly Wedding Tips |  Five ideas to make your wedding more green

Having a green wedding can be the most elegant way to make a statement. The carbon footprint of any large event can be quite high. Here are a few tasteful ways to turn your dream wedding into a sustainable one.

Invitations

Eco­-friendly Wedding Tips |  Five ideas to make your wedding more green

First, when choosing the invitations for your big day try picking ones that are more eco­friendly. Using recycled paper, electronic invitations or choosing seed paper is a great alternative to typical wedding invitations.

Decor

Eco­-friendly Wedding Tips |  Five ideas to make your wedding more green
Eco­-friendly Wedding Tips |  Five ideas to make your wedding more green

The decor of the event can be made green by using table­scapes that can double as gifts for wedding guests. For example, a table filled with beautifully arranged potted plants will give the decor a second life, long after the wedding and makes a great gift too.

Eco­-friendly Wedding Tips | Five ideas to make your wedding more green

Decorations can also be created from natural materials like birchbark and drift wood. These natural materials can be easily repurposed after the wedding while not making too much of an impact on the environment.

Styling

Eco­-friendly Wedding Tips | Five ideas to make your wedding more green

There are many options when it comes to styling the bridal party. Some brides opt to style the wedding party in vintage clothing and others choose a new gown.  Both options can be uniquely chic and add to the beauty of your wedding day.  By choosing the wedding party’s dresses from a store that sources its materials from a sustainable source makes a large environment statement.

It can be nice to choose eco-­friendly makeup and hair products. This is a great way to cut down the amount of chemicals in the body and in our water systems.

Food

Eco­friendly Wedding Tips |  Five ideas to make your wedding more green
Eco­friendly Wedding Tips |  Five ideas to make your wedding more green

Choosing food for the reception that is locally sourced is another great way to cut down on the carbon footprint of the wedding. Many local restaurants and caterers have the ability to work with local farms.

Supporting local restaurants and caterers is great for the economy as well. Locally sourced and freshly prepared meals always tend to be more tasty. It can be wonderful to donate the leftover food to local food banks.

Waste

Finally, having well marked bins for recycling and compost can limit the amount of biodegradable materials in the landfill.Having a green wedding can be classy and perfect. These eco suggestions can bring a deeper element of fondness for nature accompanied by a commitment of heartfelt love on your big day.

Green Love Founder

Amy Merli

Thanks so much Amy for sharing your insight into how WTW readers can have a more eco-friendly and chic wedding day.

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On another note, the wedding blog awards opened for 2014. In 2013 I was incredibly honoured to be nominated in two category’s. Unfortunately [sad face] I didn’t win, but, I did get to harass one of the blogging awards guest judges [only slightly]. The judge? Mark Francis from Made In Chelsea. Ha!

So if you want to hear about me harassing another minor celeb, really love my blog, please, please vote for me now. In particular, I would love your votes for best wedding inspiration blog. So pretty please, with a huuuuge cherry on top start voting WTW nooooow. Thanks ever so :)

images credits | eco friendly place setting: photography by amb photoeco-friendly wedding invite: photography by crysta elyce photography | eco friendly wedding decor: photography by mark tattersall | birch table planner: photography by hetler photography | vintage wedding dress: photography by s6 photography | green wedding decor: photography by mark tattersall

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  • Ruth Ridley
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    Great post – hope you’re feeling better Sonia! Another way towards an eco-friendly wedding is to keep it local and buy British flowers. Out of season, follow the growing trend for British dried flowers – perfect for country style and vintage weddings in particular.

    • Sonia
      Reply

      Thanks for the tips Ruth! I’m v. slowly on the mend :)) XxX

  • Deborah {Wedding Thingz}
    Reply

    Using decor is a great idea as you have many options!

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