A Day at Waddesdon - GREEN UNION on a Mission to See How Far the Sustainable Wedding Message has Spread Within the Luxury Wedding Market

10th March 2019

Weddings at Waddesdon Inspiration DayThe Weddings at Waddesdon Inspiration Day

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.

Weddings at Waddesdon - The DairyThe Dairy at Waddesdon

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. 

Weddings at Waddesdon - The Five Arrows HotelThe Five Arrows Hotel

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!

Charlotte Argyrou Illustration - exceptionally talented botanical artist with an heirloom wedding bouquet illustration service 

Cherry Tree Cakerie - super-creative wedding cake designer, happy to use vegan and Fair Trade ingredients

Elle au Naturel - a leading team of professional wedding hair and make up artists, led by the lovely Antonia

Harriet Bartley - an award winning freelance hair artist using ethical hair products

Lola Ice Cream Van - purveyor of locally-sourced sweet treats, catering for vegetarian, dairy and gluten free diets

Potters Instinct Photography - eco-conscious documentary wedding photographer, Kevin, captures wedding days in a relaxed, unobtrusive manner

The Cotswold Tailor - an award winning tailor and hire company (using an eco dry cleaning method), that takes traditional British cloths and tailors them with a contemporary twist

The Little Top - first class wedding day childcare and entertainment, housed in a bespoke styled canvas bell tent

White Cottage Weddings - pre-designed and bespoke wedding invitation and stationery designers, utilising eco-friendly materials and emphasising keepsake items over throw-away décor

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