I’m all for doing things how you want for your Wedding and doing away with tradition if it will make you feel more comfortable. And, sometimes, that might be the case if you’re planning an ethical wedding.

Planning an ethical wedding

But what does an ethical wedding mean?

Well, the definition of ethical is:

  • Having moral principles
  • Creating or planning something that is morally correct
  • Avoiding activities or organisations that can harm people or the environment.

So how can you make sure you do this when planning your Wedding?

Planning an ethical wedding

There are many ways that you can make sure your Wedding is ethical. Let’s today, talk about each part of your Wedding to see how it can be done:

Venue

Firstly, when you find a Venue that you like, ask them whether they believe in sustainability and how they incorporate it into their business.

Ethical Wedding

If the answer is the right one for you, ask yourself, can you have your Ceremony and Reception in the same place to reduce your Guest’s travelling? Even better, does it have sufficient accommodation so your Guests can stay in one place for the whole wedding event?

If this is not possible, consider laying on a shuttle bus to transport your Guests from one place to another. This will save on all of your Guests having to use their cars.

Food and Drink

Choose a Caterer that uses locally sourced produce and organic ingredients.

Decide on a seasonal menu.

Depending on what style of service you’re having for your meal, ensure that you and your Guests can use reusable service ware rather than single use.

If there is any food left over, talk to your Caterer about donating it to a local food bank. Or encourage your Guests to take it home with them to prevent food waste.

Planning and ethical wedding food

For your drinks, talk to your bar supplier about providing local wines, beers, and spirits. Consider having drinks that at vegan. You’d be surprised how many leading drinks are already that.

Decor and Styling

Reduce waste but renting rather than buying (Or at least if you do buy, think about items that can be re-sold again)

Avoid using single-use items such as balloons or items containing glitter.

When it comes to flowers, choose seasonal (Take a look at my recent blog, “Wedding flowers for all seasons”) and locally grown flowers.

Think about the elements that go into making your bouquet or floral displays. Can it all be compostable?

Communicating with your Guests

Send save the dates and invites out electronically. Put all of your information for your wedding day on a wedding website.

Encourage your Guests to send their RSVP to you via email or text message (Email is preferable as you can organise them all into folders)

If you must send paper invites, ensure it’s on recycled paper.

Wedding Outfits

If you buy your wedding dress, it is more likely to sit at the back of your wardrobe forever after your wedding day, which would be a waste. Consider hiring a dress or purchasing a preloved dress you will reuse. Even better, have one that is made from sustainable fabric.

When it comes to your wedding ring, consider having an antique or vintage ring. Or even better, for sentimentality, why not see if there is a family heirloom to which you could give some life?

Gifts

Instead of receiving wedding gifts, encourage your guests to donate to environmental charities close to your heart.

Consider giving your guests potted plants or packets of seeds when thinking about favours.  

When planning an ethical wedding, one of the essential things to do, where possible, is to upcycle. It’s a great way of adding a bit of “something borrowed” if you keep any wedding traditions!

To summarise

In a recent survey by Hitched, couples were asked how they incorporated sustainability into their ethical Wedding::

63% Avoided using throw-away products

60% Used locally sourced products

53% Used eco-friendly flowers or decor

So there you see, even with small elements, it is possible to plan an ethical wedding.

I would love to know what you’re doing as part of your wedding day to do your bit.

Photo Credits:

Introduction Photo by Siora Photography on Unsplash

Wedding Venue Photo by Chasse Sauvage on Unsplash

Wedding Food Photo by Yukiko Kanada on Unsplash

Seed packets Photo by Eco Warrior Princess on Unsplash