Protecting the planet can be an expensive undertaking. From investing in electric vehicles to installing solar panels at home, many lifestyle changes are more difficult to be made when operating on a tight budget. But when it comes to your wedding, there are plenty of opportunities to make sustainability the order of the day without breaking into the honeymoon savings.
Here are three ways you can make your special day more environmentally-friendly on a budget.
Efforts to make your wedding as sustainable as possible should start long before the big day arrives. Dress shopping is one of the most important milestones in the pre-wedding hysteria, but it is also a great opportunity to flex your eco credentials. Not only can buying a dress outright be the more expensive option, but it is more sustainable to recycle and rent a wedding gown, as most brides only wear their wedding dress once.
It is worth considering whether sentimentality is an important factor for you, since this approach removes the opportunity to cling onto your dress after the day is done. But, with experts suggesting 15% of your budget will go towards your attire, you could save a big chunk of the budget by renting, while also saving on materials.
Confetti can be one of the biggest sustainability offenders on a wedding day. Covering the bride and groom in confetti has long been customary at weddings around the world, but the plastic which is traditionally used can cause harm to the surrounding environment.
When it comes to using environmentally friendly confetti, the options are literally endless. Many vendors will offer biodegradable alternatives to plastic confetti, or you can go one step further and do it yourself. Make up your own personalized confetti bags and fill them with a more eco-friendly product like petals, lavender or bird seeds. While this will add a little more to your pre-wedding workload, guests will certainly appreciate this personalized touch which is also doing good for the environment.
For some couples, the best way to celebrate their special day is to have a grand affair, inviting as many friends and family as possible. While this would create a buzzing festive atmosphere, it may not be the most sustainable approach, both economically and environmentally.
When it comes to the considerations of budget and sustainability, looking at your guest list is a great place to start. Increasing your invite list means that not only do you have to consider the environmental costs of additional journeys made by guests, but also the extra food, furniture and anything else that will be needed to cater for them on the day. Carefully talk through the list with your partner and make sure you are both completely comfortable with the final number – remember this is your decision so don’t be influenced by other voices.
This guest blog article offers three great suggestions for how to make more sustainable choices around your wedding day without having to make special allocations in your budget. All of the suggestions can be considered during the planning process, giving you time to implement them and find which will or won’t work for you and your partner.