How to have an ecofriendly wedding
Want to enjoy a wedding ceremony that doesn't cost the earth? Find out how you can take some simple steps towards an eco-friendly wedding.
Environmental issues are at the forefront of many industries these days, and wedding planning is no different. With more and more couples looking to celebrate their big day without making a negative impact on the earth, we've put together this quick guide on how to enjoy an eco-friendly wedding.
Firstly, think about the venue you choose. A big stately home or country hotel takes a lot of energy to heat and run. Why not instead consider hiring a village hall or a local pub? They're smaller, so cost a lot less to maintain, and offer a lot more freedom for you to design your wedding celebrations however you want. What's more, you'll be contributing to the local economy too. You can also cut down on the amount of power you use throughout your wedding. For example, an evening ceremony can be made more romantic with the use of candles and acoustic music, while outdoor events can benefit from bonfires and compost toilets.
When thinking about food and drink for your guests, try and keep food miles to a minimum. Instead of importing fancy ingredients from around the world, why not hire a local farmer to provide a hog roast or barbecue or a chef to create dishes from locally sourced organic ingredients? For city dwellers, there are still many companies that specialise in local food sourced from allotments, roof gardens and artisan producers. Drinks-wise, check out your local breweries. Many will offer great deals on kegs of beer and cider produced on the premises, while some of England's vineyards are now creating sparkling wines on a par with anything imported from France.
Finally, it's important to think about transport for your guests. If you're planning a rural wedding, cut down on the amount of cars that will be travelling there by hiring a coach to transport your guests to and from the venue. At compareweddingcars.co.uk you can check out a selection of luxury coaches and minibuses, as well as some modern, fuel-efficient luxury wedding cars from names like Bentley, BMW, Chrysler and more.