One of the transitions that we’ve loved seeing recently in the wedding world has been the introduction of the more eco-friendly alternatives.
In the midst of an extravagant celebration, couples have been looking to include eco-friendly elements of sustainability and eliminate waste wherever possible. And you don’t have to compromise on style!
It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to find out that weddings really do have a big environmental impact. It all adds up, and if you’d like to know how to be eco-wedding chic then read on…
So, let’s talk about confetti!
Long gone are the days when artificial confetti was the go-to option to shower a newlywed couple with. Not only is it difficult to clean up, but it is not biodegradable, therefore damaging to the natural environment. In an age where global warming, pollution and climate change is ruining our planet, finding sustainable alternatives and doing our part for the planet has been more important than ever!
Historically, birdseed has been one of the original alternatives to artificial confetti. Not only will the birds flock to you as you throw it, creating a stunning photo opportunity but every seed will be eaten or develop into new flowers. By using birdseed, you are actually nurturing the environment rather than harming it.
Now, if you want the same effect as a confetti slowly falling from the air, dried flowers are the way to go. You can ask your florist for basketfuls of petal confetti, buy freeze dried petals online or DIY your own confetti by drying out flowers. If you keep them stored in a cool, dry place this confetti can last for up to a year. Therefore, it is perfect to make over a period of time on the lead up to your special day.
Although leaves may not sound like the most appealing natural alternative to confetti, if it is done right it can create a beautiful effect. Simply choose some fresh smelling leaves and purchase a heart shaped hole punch (or any other shape you like, of course). One leaf will create plenty of heart shaped confetti pieces which can be used immediately or dried to preserve for your big day.
Venue & Travelling
Now we all know that one way to make your wedding venue look extra magical is through lighting, but we also know that this can take a toll on the environment. So, let’s think about our eco-friendly alternative options…
The main thing you may want to consider is your venue. If you want to cut down on driving miles, try to avoid booking a venue that’s too far away. When you add it all of the miles up, from heading back and forth to meetings, menu tastings, not to mention all of your guests travel on the day, you will be very surprised.
You could make it even easier for your guests to make an eco-friendly choice by arranging group transportation! Party bus anyone?
Decor, favours and the magic of lighting
Candles are the perfect way to add that extra touch of elegance and romance to your special day. Create a walkway from candles as your aisle, or even decorate guest tables with tealights… the possibilities really are endless, and make for a timeless and beautiful result!
Solar lights and fairy lights are also an amazing eco-friendly way to add that extra sparkle to your venue. If you have an indoor venue, why not try draping fairy lights across the ceiling and bring the stars inside for your guests. Mood lighting is key for your wedding day, it not only does it make for great photos, but even more special memories.