Images by Lydia Stamps Photography
Once upon a time, choosing an eco-friendly wedding meant forgoing some of the luxuries you’d expect. But with modern technologies and creative thinking, that’s not the case any more. Just try these top tips.
Local ingredients will offer you a taste of the area with a smaller carbon footprint. That’s because miles from producer to plate are minimal.
Not only does this give you good green qualities, it also guarantees you super fresh local produce that will be packed with flavour. Freshly pulled beets and raspberries still juicy from the bush take some beating.
At the heart of every wow-factor menu are quality ingredients, so choose local and you’re certain to impress your guests.
Power It Up
Whether you’re cooling off in summer or cosying up in winter, renewable power sources for heating and lighting are an important element of planning an eco-friendly wedding.
Look out for a venue that is incredibly well insulated and runs off-the-grid. Some will even be powered by solar energy and a biomass boiler, creating an elegant setting that is green behind the scenes.
Follow this right down to sourcing sustainably managed logs to load up the fire pit and you’ll throw a party to remember, without the planet paying the price.
What elements of your wedding can you use twice? This may seem like an unusual question at first, but getting married often involves a lot of single-use items, from glassware to chair ties. If you won’t use them again, try to hire rather than buy so that someone else in the future will.
For elements that you can’t return at the end of the day, like your bouquets, consider how you could give them a longer lasting impression. Pop bridesmaid posies into vases to decorate your cards table. Re-position floral urns from the aisle to frame the top table. This means one set of flowers can do twice the work, which is good for the planet and for your purse.
Real flower petal confetti. Compostable cutlery and packaging passed out from your evening food truck. A caterer that sends the leftovers to be recycled… There are lots of small ways to transform the waste your wedding produces into something good instead.
When choosing your vendors, make time to ask them what their eco credentials are. They may source supplies sustainably, make good use of recycling or plant trees for every wedding booked. A little bit of research is all you need and if you book an eco-friendly venue, they’ll be able to recommend the perfect suppliers for the task.
Freshly Picked Flowers
Importing flowers has become the norm for many weddings in the UK, but it needn’t be the case. If your heart is set on peonies, get married in June. If you’re dreaming of dahlias, September is the month to choose. It really is that simple.
Choose flowers that fit the time of year of your wedding and you immediately cut back your wedding’s carbon footprint (and costs!). That’s because the flowers no longer need to be flown in from Europe or further afield.
Ask your venue whether there is a flower field based nearby. If there is, you can fill your celebration with seasonal, local, breath-taking blooms that were flowering their socks off in a field a few miles away just days before the big one.
If you’re not especially green-fingered, knowing what’s possible for your wedding flowers can feel like a challenge. Talk to your florist – this is their area of expertise and they’ll be only too happy to advise you.
THIS IS A GUEST FEATURE WRITTEN BY // Lauren Fraser for Casterley Barn // Wedding Venue
Casterley Barn is Wiltshire’s award-winning eco-luxe and exclusive-use barn wedding venue. Running off the grid, couples can get married in style, knowing that their celebration won’t cost the earth. Wall-to-wall glazing and an infinity lawn make ceremonies here equally as stunning inside or out, with phenomenal views over the Vale of Pewsey. Find out more about tying the knot at Casterley Barn.
Image by Zibi Photography
Styled Shoot Image Credits
PHOTOGRAPHER: Lydia Stamps Photography
VENUE: Casterley Barn
STYLING & DIRECTION: What Peggy Did Next
FILM: Irene Piera
BRIDALWEAR: Tara Bradley Birt
SHOES: Emmy London
HAIR & MAKEUP: Yasemin Bilgic Makeup Artistry
ACCESSORIES: Victoria Fergusson
EVENING ACCESSORIES: Ashley Wild Bridal
GROOM: Regent Tailoring
FLOWERS: The Wild Fox
FURNITURE HIRE: Purple Door Props
CAKE: Jemima Cakes
STATIONERY: Merrie & Bright
VOW BOOKS: Elmo Paper Stories
RIBBON: Kate Cullen
PLACE MATS: Macrame Adventure
LINEN: 365 Linen Hire
CANDLES: Ester & Erik
CUTLERY: Helene Millot
PERSPEX DÉCOR: Wild & Wonder Events