Got wedding fever? How we can green our celebrations...

Got wedding fever? How we can green our celebrations...

Inspired by the right Royal ding dong of a party for Meghan and Harry, we've been thinking weddings. Eco-friendly weddings, to be more specific. If you're in the mood for wedding romance or just a proper shindig, here's how to keep those special events on the sustainable side...

Just follow the old rhyme for luck, 'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something... green?'



Something old

People hear "wedding plans", immediately think "£££" and then go straight to "ouch!" That's the expectation, yet brides and grooms can have the day of their dreams without selling any organs or existing on instant noodles for the rest of the year.

Prepare to be amazed at how much you can pick up second hand. Makes sense, most weddings last less than half a day so there's an enormous market in folks selling on barely used wedding gear at low prices. Be green, be canny - why shell out for new when you can opt for practically as-new?

Replenish the coffers when you get back from honeymoon by selling on the bulk of your wedding paraphernalia, perhaps bar a couple of sentimental items. I mean, you're not planning any more weddings, are you?!



Something new

If you can think of it, someone's made an eco version of it, so if you want 'something new' a truly green occasion is still yours for the having.

Think biodegradable confetti, ethical jewellery, living flowers instead of cut, recycled stationery – you can even have an eco-friendly hen party complete with personalised wildflower seed pack favours!



Something borrowed

Truly memorable weddings always seem to have a little bit of extra magic, and that doesn't come from dropping a load of cash, shipping everyone halfway around the world, having everything be 'perfect' or relying on a gimmick. It's from the personal contributions that show how family and friends love and support the happy couple.

Mum's old wedding dress altered to your style. Borrowing some handmade bunting. Proud parents hosting the wedding breakfast in their garden. The beautiful wonky fairy cakes made by nieces and nephews. Cousin Andy and his enormous collection of cheesy disco on vinyl. Auntie Beryl loving being ferried to the reception on the back of a neighbour's motorbike...



Something... green?

For that extra little bit of eco pizzazz, a touch of clever upcycling never goes amiss. How do these strike you?

Beg a box of corks from a local wine bar and make these sweet place card holders...

Cork place card holder

Guide your guests to the wedding breakfast along a simple flower pathway...

Flower pathway

Arrange these summery centrepieces using tin cans...

Flower arrangements in cans

Spraypaint a few vintage frames and hang them in a convenient spot for fun portrait sessions...

Easy peasy wedding bunting made from paper doilies...

What's your idea of a good wedding? Are you involved in planning one this summer? Share your ideas, pictures and comments with us via Twitter and Facebook!



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