Wedding planning for the climate conscious couple

At Honey Lane one of our key goals when working with a couple is to truly capture their energy, their personalities and reflect the values that are important to them on their wedding day.

This year has seen climate change take centre stage on the world’s agenda like never before so it’s no wonder our couples are increasingly looking to minimize their environmental impact – and their wedding day is no exception!

So how can you create a breathtaking wedding day while still managing the amount of waste you produce? We’ve got 12 ideas to get you started!

You’re invited

Your invitations are the first taste guests will get of your wedding. They are a chance to set your colour palette, create a mood and give your friends and family a sneak peek of what is to come. Invites are also, let’s be honest, more than likely to sit stuck to the fridge until after the wedding then thrown out (or hopefully recycled!).

There is the option to go completely paperless and send out digital invites but if you’ve got your heart set on hardcopy invites (we love a beautiful hardcopy invitation here at Honey Lane!), opt for recycled paper or card. Simple!

You can also look to cut down on the number of elements within your invite suite by having just one invite card with all the key details (location, time and so on) and include a link to a wedding website for additional information such as transport options, gift registry details and accommodation nearby. Take things a step further and encourage your guests to RSVP by email in order to cut down on reply cards.

A green ceremony

When it comes to your ceremony and reception there is always going to be some waste but luckily there are ways you can make small changes to reduce waste without compromising on the aesthetics of your day.

If you’re having a drinks station before or after your ceremony, cut down on waste by choosing glass cannisters of water that guests can help themselves to and glasses instead of disposable plastics. If you’re using straws, choose the more environmentally friendly paper version or the reusable metal ones.

In hot weather, consider hiring umbrellas or parasols to cool your guests rather than buying disposable fans.

Confetti at your ceremony makes for some incredible photos but it also makes for a lot of waste if you’re using artificial confetti that contains plastics. The waste it creates has also seen many wedding venues and councils put a ban on it altogether.