Over the years, eco-friendly weddings have taken on a bit of reputation for being ‘hippie’, ‘alternative’ and ‘budget’...
Now don't get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with any or all of these things (a barefoot, DIY hand-fasting in a field is a beautiful thing!) - but I believe that it’s important for the wedding industry as a whole to acknowledge the wastefulness that is inherent within it, and to take steps to become more sustainable; it really is the morally and the socially responsible thing to do.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Inspiration Day held by the Weddings at Waddesdon team, where I had the opportunity to view two of their three wedding venues, The Dairy and The Five Arrows Hotel. When I received the invitation I was instantly curious to find out what eco-friendly and ethically-minded measures, if any, a luxury, high end wedding venue like this has taken, and the same goes for the businesses who were exhibiting there, too.
The weather may have been terrible, but the atmosphere was lovely, and the day was superbly organised. There was a great selection of vendors from all sectors of the wedding industry. So, armed with the GREEN UNION mission of promoting sustainability across all wedding styles and budgets, I set about chatting to the business owners about their eco-ethical statuses.
Naturally, I couldn’t talk to every vendor, but I aimed to chat with as broad a selection as I could. It was heartening to discover that the venue, and all the suppliers I spoke to, already did a great number of sustainable things in their business practices, and were keen to do more. The odd couple who did not, were genuinely receptive to ideas on what they could do in the future.
Interestingly though, only one made reference to their eco-friendly and ethical measures on their websites. I encouraged them all to get a sustainability policy on their websites, as people from all walks of life are making deliberate choices to work with conscious brands (I’m preaching to the converted here, I know!).
I had a lovely day at Waddesdon and thank the venue for inviting me, and the vendors for taking time to chat all things green with me. I was especially impressed with the following companies, who are all doing great things for sustainable weddings - you all made my day!