The beginning of this week was the recognition of the World’s largest environmental movement – World Earth Day. We predicted back in January that eco-friendly weddings would be a trend for 2019 and we’ve certainly seen a shift in the mindsight of some of the couples that we talk to.

Guestbook globe / Photo via Brit+Co

There are many ways in which you can be more ecologically responsible on your wedding day. Join us at Wedfest in September where we will have an area dedicated to eco-friendly suppliers! Great inspiration for your green wedding!

If you can’t wait till September, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite eco ideas to show you just how easy it is to make a big difference on your big day!

Ensure you have recycling bins onsite

Either hire a trailer so that you can take any rubbish (sorted into glass, plastic and waste) to your local recycling centre after the wedding or speak to the local council and ask how you can hire recycling bins for your festival wedding which will be taken away the next day.

Photograph via Style Me Pretty

Reduce the number of your suppliers

Find suppliers that can do more than one service for you to reduce the carbon footprint from lots of delivery/transport vans. For example, at Not Your Average I Do we offer styling and lighting installations, prop hire, flowers from Not Your Average Flowers and on-the-day management services.

Styling, florals and on-the-day management by Not Your Average I Do  / Photography by SMP Wedding Photographer

Use paper or metal straws for your wedding bar

Paper straws can be chosen to perfectly match your festival themed colours and they’re better for the environment than plastic straws. Some bars offer metal straws which can be reused and therefore are great for the eco-conscious. Why not give a metal straw as your favour so people have something to take home with them?

Wedding drinks at The Sussex Barn / Styled by Not Your Average I Do / Photography by Modern Vintage Weddings

Metallic straws / Photo via Polka Dot Bride

Choose eco-friendly caterers

Many festival-style catering vans are doing their thing to ensure that they are being eco-friendly where possible. For example, they are beginning to be creative in the way that they serve their food. Mobile Pizzeria use palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery. Gastro Catering use bamboo boats. Box Trot use biodegradable egg boxes.

Palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery / Photo via Rose & Rings (http://www.rosesandrings.com/i-do-bbq-wedding-ideas/2/)

Use eco-friendly glitter

A festival wouldn’t really be a festival without some glitter. However, most glitter is hazardous to marine life and the environment. Glitzerklub can provide eco glitter for your wedding which ensure you’re having fun and looking fab, all while looking after the environment.

Eco Glitter via Glitzerklub

Use eco-friendly confetti

Try to use natural supplies for your confetti shot – things like dried flowers, seeds and herbs are some of the best options. Dried flower or herb send-offs also smell incredible! We recommend rose petals, lavender, mint or eucalyptus leaves. If you want to do something a little bit different, how about coconut flakes as confetti! Smells delicious and looks beautiful in shots. Just make sure none of your guests or staff have a nut allergy!

Confetti shot at The Sussex Barn / Styling by Not Your Average I Do / Photography by Modern Vintage Weddings

Hire a coach for your guests

If you’re travelling from the church to the venue, think about hiring a coach for your guests so that you can reduce the carbon foot print from several cars.

Bride and groom personalised red bus / Photo via Rock My Wedding

Eco-friendly favours

Opt for eco-friendly favours such a homemade biscuits or gifts that give back to the environment like wildflower seeds!

Wildflower favours / Photo via The Knot

Eco-friendly wedding dress

Choose a vintage or pre-loved dress. This reduces your cost and may even allow you to get a designer piece for less! And once you’re finished with you dress, hand it down to a later generation or sell it on for another bride to enjoy after you!

Beautiful vintage wedding dresses by Brighton Vintage Wedding Dresses  

Create your own energy with bike power

If you’re really looking to make a big difference on your wedding day – think about asking your guests to pedal for power. Bike-power by Reaction can provide you with bikes that will power the sound and lighting at your wedding. Providing a fun and memorable experience for your friends and family as well as being ecologically responsible – perfect!

We hope these tips have been useful for how you can make small changes to be more eco-conscious on your wedding day and we hope to see you in September at Wedfest where we will have local eco-friendly suppliers for you to chat to!