INSPIRATION - New GREEN UNION Partner, All Things Considered, Shares How You Can Bring Community Into Your Eco-Ethical Wedding

22nd June 2020


I'm delighted to introduce sustainable and ethical wedding and event stylist, Catherine of All Things Considered. Illustrated by a beautiful, socially distanced mini photoshoot captured by Alina Natali, Catherine shares some fun ways to engage your local, immediate and wider communities for a wedding day packed full of heart, meaning and thoughtfulness.

INSPIRATION - New GREEN UNION Partner, All Things Considered, Shares How You Can Bring Community Into Your Eco-Ethical WeddingCommunity is a lovely word. To me, it conjures up thoughts of belonging, shared interests and support. You may find you’re now more involved than ever with your communities and that they can be wonderfully resourceful and creative. So why not take the power of community into your wedding? Whether that’s your wider community or your friends and family, involving others in your day is a great way of bringing in meaning and personality.

Having an eco-ethical wedding can be more than reduce, reuse and recycle. It can be about appreciating people, making them feel involved and wanted, and not being afraid to rely on others.  With that in mind, here are some ideas for how to involve your community in your wedding, for a day that is as green and thoughtful as it is gorgeous! 

Reach Out

INSPIRATION - New GREEN UNION Partner, All Things Considered, Shares How You Can Bring Community Into Your Eco-Ethical WeddingIf you’re looking to keep ‘stuff’, and particularly new things, to a minimum then reach out to your local community to see what you can borrow and re-purpose. Online groups are a great place to start, whether that’s your local area or the wider wedding community where you can connect with like-minded couples. Though I would always recommend bringing in the pros to create your floral arrangements or cake, you could see if there are any community members who can contribute. You could include a neighbour’s jam in your cake recipe or flowers from your parents’ allotment for a meaningful connection.

Give Everyone A Job

INSPIRATION - New GREEN UNION Partner, All Things Considered, Shares How You Can Bring Community Into Your Eco-Ethical WeddingA great way to make you guests feel involved in your wedding and build a community is to give everyone a role. That could be asking your guests to get involved in your sustainable ethos by wearing something they already own and love to your wedding rather than buying new, asking for help with the venue set-up or encouraging everyone to share transport and offer lifts.

For your close family and friends, think about how you could involve them in the wedding day by asking them to give a personal reading during your ceremony, be your MC or join in with your first dance.

Create Your Own Wedding Community

INSPIRATION - New GREEN UNION Partner, All Things Considered, Shares How You Can Bring Community Into Your Eco-Ethical Wedding

Another way to bring everyone together is to create your own community spirit ahead of the wedding. This could be via your wedding website or a Facebook group. Share stories of your loved ones and what they mean to you, encourage guests to introduce themselves to each other and share requests to borrow items or ask for ideas. You could also organise a get-together at the local pub the night before so guests can reunite, meet new people and share in the anticipation of what’s to come. You might find you feel more relaxed when your wedding day comes as you’ll have had a chance to chat with lots of your guests already.

Gifts That Give

INSPIRATION - New GREEN UNION Partner, All Things Considered, Shares How You Can Bring Community Into Your Eco-Ethical WeddingInstead of a wedding gift list, you could ask your guests to do something which gives back to their community. It could be as simple as doing a shop for a neighbour or helping out at an after-school club. If you want to give your guests a wedding favour, look for gifts with a purpose from companies that give back, or provide employment and training to disadvantaged communities.‚Äč

The Images

INSPIRATION - New GREEN UNION Partner, All Things Considered, Shares How You Can Bring Community Into Your Eco-Ethical WeddingMy local community have been looking out for each other, providing support, advice and the lending of the proverbial cup of sugar through a neighbourly WhatsApp group! It was through this chatter that I discovered that I share my lane with a wonderful photographer, Alina Natali, who likes to see the ordinary world through her camera. Alina believes “all people have something special about them” which she likes to capture through her photos. Though her usual subject is pet photography, I asked Alina if she would lend me her lens to provide some woodland inspiration to couples planning a more eco-conscious day.

What resulted was a socially-distanced styled shoot in another neighbour’s woodland (usually home to the local forest school). All of the items came from within 150 metres of my front door, including the ever-lovely pampas grass rescued from a neighbour’s bonfire. Everyone lent glassware, vases and crockery, and the dried flowers were some I’d recently bought from fellow local stylist, The White Emporium. For those of you planning a small wedding or elopement, you never know what you might be able to source from asking around your community!

Credits

Photography: Alina Natali

Styling and Stationery: All Things Considered

Dried Flowers: The White Emporium


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