Non-traditional weddings are becoming the new norm, with couples wanting to do their day, their way – as it should be! We’ve seen a rise in the number of people considering low-impact and more eco-friendly weddings. So is there a way to do a luxury wedding without costing the earth? We think there is! Here’s a few things we’ve discovered to keep your earthly impact small, but still go big on luxury!
1. Keep it local
This is an obvious one, but there are so many wonderful luxury venues and suppliers around the country, ask your wedding planner to help you source locally to the venue. Local produce, flowers, and even UK bridal designers all reduce air miles as well as supporting local businesses. And there’s no scrimping on luxury, you just need to be selective about your choices. Picking a venue with great green credentials will be a real help. And search for dress designers that agree with your low-impact vision.
2. Make it ethical
How can you personalise your day? What says ‘You’ as a couple? Make favours personal, rather than mass-produced run of the mill. Be mindful about where and how things are produced, you can find local artisans who source ethical and eco friendly materials to create beautiful luxury candles, confectionery and body products, and I love a sweet personalised succulent plant to take home and care for! Make it something that’s not going to be instantly disposable, and that can be used, with no wastage.
3. Let it be ‘Done For You’
Low impact doesn’t have to be about getting your aunt’s cousin’s best friend to make all the wine (although that could be fun!), low impact is about your mindset and finding ways of reducing your carbon footprint in clever ways. Instead of DIY, think DFY – Done For You. You can still have beautiful hand-made stationery – locally sourced and produced – but made by an artist, rather than yourself. You can still have gorgeous flowers, but make sure you go seasonal, and locally grown, designed by a local expert. Keep this mindset, and you’ll get all the luxury with a lower impact.
4. Keep it sustainable
Now, I think we all know that we may be lacking diamond mines in the UK… Sustainable wedding rings are a tricky topic. Heirloom and antique rings are a great alternative and can be beautifully unique. I love wondering about the history of my heirloom engagement ring. Also, different metals are becoming more common. Tough titanium and tungsten are created with fewer resources than gold, and are just as beautiful.
When it comes to your wedding, it’s definitely a day for no regrets! So if you’ve dreamed of a beautiful destination wedding, and your heart is set on it, then why not reduce the impact and combine it with your honeymoon? And don’t fly the entire world out there, then you can have a massive local celebration once you’re home. Good excuse for another party! Or flip it on its head – keep really local for your wedding, and fly just the two of you out to have a private ceremony before starting your honeymoon.
If you’re thinking of a low-impact wedding, I hope we’ve sparked some ideas. These are just a few though – once you get in the right mindset, the possibilities are endless! Why not have a look at our wedding planning and ideas page for more.