As the weather gets warmer we move into wedding season. What's better than getting all dressed up, celebrating the love of friends and family, and drinking a bit of bubbly on a nice summer day? And this year we hope to help you enjoy yourself even more by providing some eco-inspiration on how to be a greener wedding guest. From guilt-free gifts to ethical outfits, we're here to help you stay sustainable this wedding season:
There are loads of cute cards made out of eco-friendly or recycled materials to send to the happy couple. We love this 100% recycled rose boxed card by Paper Tree. The handcrafted paper rose is available in 5 colours, along with a sprinkling of paper rose hearts. You can purchase cards here.
Try to avoid getting the couple "stuff" they don't really need. Organic food or wine hampers are a great alternative; we think this Belgravia Organic Wedding Gift Hamper from the Fine Food Store looks divine! Or how about a monthly veggie delivery subscription to a local farm? They do say the way to someone's heart is through their stomach! Experiences are another great way to treat the couple and give them something to look forward to after they're back from their honeymoon. Perhaps a day at the spa, wine making, or even a set of yoga classes? How amazing does The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall's eco-friendly hotel and spa, look?! Or if you do want to go for something special the couple can cherish, what about a fair trade bed throw or soy wax candle set?
Throwing confetti over the newly married couple has been a part of British Weddings for more than two centuries, but paper or synthetic confetti can be wasteful and harmful to the environment. Plant alternatives are perfect for the eco-conscious couple or green guest. Shropshire Petals grow natural, biodegradable petal confetti. The brand endorses a strict no-dye policy, so all petals are 100% natural and eco-friendly. They allow you to create your own unique confetti mix that can be bought by the sachet or the bucket, depending on how much you intend to shower the couple!
If you're buying something new for the special occasion, try and go for an outfit you can wear for multiple occasions. We think our Marta V Neck Dress is perfect for a summer wedding. The pretty, feminine cotton dress has a fresh emerald colour with a white brushed dotty print. Dress it up with some vegan nude heels like these from Wills London, and an ethical embellished clutch like this one by People Tree. And don't forget to pack some pumps for later in the evening!