Millennials get a whole lot of flak. From social media use to finances to brunching habits, there always seems to be a Baby Boomer just around the corner ready with an eye roll.
But what they’re not so quick to point out is that Millennials are a complex and incredibly altruistic bunch!
Credit: Photographer: The Robertson Photography
We care about our legacy and what’s going on in the world around us. We’ve got collective social responsibly in spades!
So while our parents’ generation may have been content with a wedding that looked good on the surface, couples now want their wedding day to reflect them and their values on a deeper level. They want to create an experience that is meaningful and authentic for them and their guests and has a positive overall impact along the way.
That’s what gives a wedding soul and that’s what Millennial couples can’t get enough of!
So how can you incorporate your ‘big picture’ values into your wedding day while also juggling the 10,000 other things you have to plan?
Good news is, it’s much easier than you would imagine…
If you think that when our parents were growing up, recycling wasn’t even a ‘thing’, it’s clear to see just how far we’ve come with our environmental awareness and how much more mindful we are about the impact our actions have on the planet.
Sustainability and waste reduction are ingrained in our DNA and so it’s only natural that couples would want to ‘go green’ on their wedding day. And there so many really simple ways you can do this!
Cut out the need for a place card by personalising each menu with the guest’s name at the top.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to buy everything for your wedding from scratch!
At Honey Lane we have an extensive styling collection containing everything from candles to easels, signing tables to wishing wells. Not only can hire items be reused but they also mean you’re not stuck with 200 tealight candles you’re never going to use again!
Another tip is, don’t feel pressured to provide a wedding favour for your guests if you don’t want to (this is good for the environment and good for your purse strings!).
You should also feel comfortable asking your venue or bar staff not to use plastic straws, instead opting for paper or reusable metal versions. Have a drink and save a turtle!
You may have guests flying in from around the world for your wedding but that doesn’t mean your suppliers have to too. Sourcing locally is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of your day and, as an added bonus, it’s a positive way to give back to the local community.
Credits: Photographer: Mathew Sacco from The Evoke Company Make up artist: Makeup Life By Amanda.
In ‘wedding regions’ outside of major cities (think the Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley, the Southern Highlands outside of Sydney to name but a few), it can’t be underestimated the impact weddings have on the local economy and the dollars they bring into town.
When picking your suppliers, make sure to check out those local to the area as well as the big city players. By sourcing a local hair and make up artist, florist or caterer for example, you’re supporting the surrounding industry and, you could save a pretty penny on supplier travel costs along the way!
Credit: Photographer: With Love Weddings
And for the inevitable day after hangover, why not say a little thank you to nearby businesses by getting your greasy breakfast and extra strong coffee at a local café before you high tail it back to the city?!
Giving to others
Charitable donations are a simple and meaningful way for couples to give back on their wedding day and a beautiful way to highlight the causes that are closest to your heart.
If you would like guests to make a donation in lieu of a wedding gift, simply include details for the charity or charities on your invites or wedding website. Alternatively, you can make a donation yourselves prior to the wedding and let your guests know you have contributed in their name through a small card or note at their table setting.
Most charities will welcome such donations and make the process nice and straight forward for you!
Tell Your Story
Regardless of whether they were born in Australia or overseas, more and more couples are choosing to embrace their cultural background and use their wedding as the ultimate celebration of the influences that have made them who they are.
Experiences such as Chinese Tea Ceremonies or Henna Nights for Indian brides are a beautiful way to show respect for traditional values and add that extra level of meaning to your special day.
Credit: Photographer: We are Origiami
So while it might not be at the forefront of your wedding planning, adding a dash of soul to your day can be really simply and is a beautiful way to create that lasting warm and fuzzy feeling for both you and your wedding guests!
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