Now that COVID19 restrictions are lifting, happy couples are able to return to planning their big day. More and more couples are opting for eco-friendly options and we love it! It can be daunting researching this niche aspect of the Wedding industry and you may find yourself deep in a Pinterest idea hole. We hope this list might offer some inspiration for your big (eco) day!
Want to make the process of choosing your wedding dress as easy, fun and memorable as possible? At Indiebride London, their heirloom quality bridal gowns and accessories are handmade and designed in London by passionate people. Their dresses are made to order, which means you can add your personal touch and make it truly yours. Plus they have a great inspiration sections on their site!
Sister Organics dresses are made to order in beautiful organic and sustainable fabrics. Based in Devon, they design and make special occasion dresses, casual wedding dresses, bridal separates, dresses for civil ceremonies and party dresses, all made in the UK.
With made-to-measure services they also make bespoke occasion wear in eco fabrics.
Rolling In Roses
Rolling In Roses create romantic dresses for you to fall deeply in love with. Eco-friendly, sustainable, and ethical, they want you to adore the freedom and comfort of their gowns and divine fabrics, safe in the knowledge that no harm is being done to the earth.
Mother of Pearl
British label Mother of Pearl does not soley make bridal pieces but has fast established itself as a go-to for sustainable fashion. The relaxed dresses – made from natural, organic fabrics – are perfect for a modern bride. Creativity and ethics sit equally in their brand philosophy. They believe in transparency and want to give you access to the full story behind our products, delivering beautiful clothes without compromising on integrity.
Want a beautiful dress but don’t want to buy? There are so many options to rent, here are a few we came across: Girl Meets Dress, The Bridal Gallery, Greenway Brides, Vonlee Bridal Hire
There are opportunities in all aspects of your big day to choose more eco-friendly options, from invitations and logistics to decorations!
First things first, start your eco big day off on the right foot but using virtual invitations instead of paper ones which will just go to waste. You can design beautiful invites to send it by email – websites like Paperless Post and GreenVelope are great for this.
When it comes to larger props, don’t buy, hire! You’ll vastly cut down on cost and the travel miles off the deliveries and their packaging if you choose to hire from one company instead.
Ban all disposable cups, plates and cutlery, choose bamboo over plastic where you can, use glasses you can wash, recyclable paper cups and biodegradable straws or hire! Lots of catering companies will provide dishes but if you want to choose your own with a unique twist Bristol Vintage for afternoon tea crockery as well as vintage props, and Rose Metallics for the coolest cutlery hire are great options.
Avoid plastic decorations in favour of paper or fabric decorations. Look on sites like Gumtree or people selling their decorations cheaply or even giving them away for free. Or shop small handmade businesses on Etsy.
Or if you are feeling crafty there are so many ways you can create your own DIY decorations. DIY gin bottle centrepieces (or whatever your spirit is!). They look eco-chic and are an excellent way to reuse bottles and can be recycled afterwards. You can go one step further by choosing a UK-made drinks, this way you’ll reduce your drinks airmiles. Fill The bottles with flowers or you can buy lots of really cute upcycled bottle lights, filled with fairy lights, from Etsy.
Can’t do without balloons? Eco-friendly supplies company Little Cherry sell a pack of 10 balloons made from natural latex that biodegrade much quicker than traditional balloons. You’re still advised against releasing them into the air; instead pop the balloons and place them in your garden compost.
Bunting is a fun and eco-friendly addition to your wedding decor that looks brilliant strung up outside or around a barn. The key to eco-friendly decorations are ones that won’t be thrown away after one use and bunting is brilliant for this. You can DIY your own out of old pieces of fabric or buy cotton bunting to wash and reuse for you next celebration. If you wanted bigger impact you would rent a range of flags and bunting from Event Flag Hire Company.
Flowers often make a wedding, there are so many options out there for dried or live flowers and even potted plants for centre pieces. We recommend you try to find an independent florist to support, this often means you will get a very attentive customised service.
When it comes to confetti, biodegradable is the new plastic! Petal confetti is beautiful and organic and adds a whimsical natural feel to your wedding. Shropshire Petals and Adam Apple have mixes in a huge variety of shades to match your colour scheme.
Having an outdoor wedding or wanting to add some sparkle to the short days of a Winter wedding? Fairy lights that will really create magical ambience. With Low energy LED or even solar powered fairy lights, this could be a great option for your day. Depending on the size of your venue, you might also consider a lighting hire company such as Light Up Love or Oakwood Events based in the UK.
Instead of printing disposable table plans, menus and welcome signs, display them on reusable chalk boards or framed glass. For bespoke sign-writing in the UK try Dream a Little. Or fashion DIY place names from stones or salvaged slate!
Think local and seasonal for everything! Not only will flowers and food produce be cheaper and fresher, but it won’t have travelled as far (cutting down on carbon emissions) and even better you’ll be supporting local businesses. And in that same vein to reduce the amount of cars used in traveling to your venue you could charter local bus companies or Taxis from meeting places like train stations.
Last but not least we would like to mention our newest launch, our Wedding Band collection. Here at the Wild Fawn studio, our favourite things to make are Wedding Bands because of their long-lasting meaning and significance. It brings us so much joy to be involved in your big day and to hear your stories!
Please see our Wedding Band collection for more details.
77 Diamonds have also written a wonderful guide about planning a zero-waste wedding, read it here: https://www.77diamonds.com/sustainable-weddings
We hope this was inspiring and encouraged you to have a greener, more eco-friendly Wedding. If you know of any eco-friendly Wedding vendors you think we should know about please let us know below!