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6 Tips on How to have an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Nowadays being eco-friendly is not only a necessity, but also pretty trendy. So why not try and make your wedding as eco-friendly as possible? Lots of brides and grooms are becoming increasingly aware of this possibility, and the best news is that you won’t have to sacrifice anything in terms of style and expense!

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1. Natural light and hosting your ceremony and reception in the same place

Not only does hosting your ceremony and reception in the same place reduce carbon emissions due to not having to travel between the venues, but it will also likely save you a few extra pennies. We would also recommend having your wedding during the day so that you can take advantage of the natural light, allowing you to reduce energy consumption.

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2. Natural flowers and foliage

Rather than have flowers imported from some far-flung corner of the world, such as orchids perhaps, why not opt for something native to the country you are getting married in? This will certainly add a traditional feel! It is also best to choose flower arrangements that just need a vase and some water – oasis isn’t that eco-friendly sadly!

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3. Demolition furniture

This is less scary than it might sound. Demolition furniture just means furniture that has been restored and recycled – it looks great and has a vintage appeal and you can feel good about having done your bit for the environment. There are lots of websites with details about demolition furniture so get online and get inspired!

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4. Recycled paper invitations

Depending on the size of your wedding, you might have quite a lot of invitations to send out! Make sure your invitations are made from recycled paper and use water-based ink if you’re looking to be extra eco-friendly!

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5. Green buffet and recycling

Your buffet or meal is also very easy to make eco-friendly. One of the easiest ways to do your bit for the environment is to source local ingredients to reduce carbon emissions. The added benefit is that you will be supporting the local economy too, which is never a bad thing! Another important aspect to take into account is food waste – we waste so much food! There are always going to be some things left over, so make sure your venue is able to separate the waste so that the various different things can be recycled appropriately!

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6. Size doesn’t matter…

There seems to be a notion that a bigger wedding is less ecological, but in fact, a larger wedding may cause less impact! If you’re planning a green wedding make sure you get in touch with an eco-friendly wedding planner who will have many more ideas on how to organize the perfect eco-wedding just for you!

So there you have it! Our tips on how to have an eco-friendly wedding. While a wedding is likely to be the most lavish and  extravagant event in a person’s life, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t maintain your efforts to reduce your carbon footprint in the process.

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