This year, the wedding industry has been turned upside down. Big weddings are out and intimate weddings are in! Some couples are reinventing the traditional wedding by having a small legal wedding this year and a big celebration next year, some are postponing the whole thing to 2021 or 2022, and others are embracing the small wedding this year (love wins, whatever you choose!) Brides and grooms all over the world are reassessing their needs and wants like never before! For those choosing bespoke, highly personalised wedding ceremonies, sustainability is often high on the agenda.
There are many ways to make your wedding eco-friendly. Using locally sourced products and suppliers, and minimising plastic are the obvious first step, but you could also look at holding your ceremony and reception in the same venue to cut down on transport (ah yes, one of the beauties of a humanist wedding ceremony is that you can have it anywhere!); rethink your menu (why not go vegetarian or vegan?), ask about your venue's sustainability policies and perhaps use recycled paper for your stationery. You could also support an up and coming dress designer and make up artist who use ethical processes and use locally sourced flowers (or create floral displays from dried flowers). And to make extra savings on air miles and road miles, hotel bills, catering and drinks packages, you can patch in guests via a webcast video or even Zoom (I can arrange this - check out my other blogpost!)
I'm not perfect, but I'm trying to be as ethical and environmentally aware as I can. As a humanist, I'm conscious about the ways that humans are affecting our planet, and I'm always on the lookout for new ways of thinking. If you're interested in minimising the impact of your wedding, there's a bunch of brilliant ideas here in this epic Guide to Sustainable Weddings. Have a read, and happy planning! Every little helps!