ADVICE - GREEN UNION Partner Linda Thomas Eco Design Shares Her Thoughts on Hidden Plastics
GREEN UNION Partner Linda Thomas Eco Design Shares Her Thoughts on Hidden Plastics...
Published on: 3rd May 2019
6th May 2019
If you set out to plan an exclusively eco-friendly wedding, it can feel like you've got a mountain to climb. It can also feel like you're making one too many compromises. Today, the team from eco-luxe Wiltshire venue Casterley Barn are here to help you celebrate the wedding of your dreams with small steps that make it more sustainable too.
How many trees are cut down every year to provide paper for save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, menus, thank you notes and more? The answer: quite a lot!
You can instantly reduce the environmental impact of your wedding by limiting your paper use. Set up a wedding website to share key information and invitations with guests.
Likewise, see if your suppliers are happy to communicate, send contracts and invoice by email. All those terms and conditions can eat up reams of paper. The result is a greater environmental footprint and paperwork piling up at home. Go digital and you can plan in a more eco-friendly way without the clutter - it’s a win-win!
Your wedding day will ultimately be rooted in the venue you choose. But planning an eco-friendly wedding doesn't mean you can't have the setting of dreams, you just need to know where to look. A little bit of research will go a long way.
Take Casterley Barn - purpose-built in 2017, we're a contemporary barn wedding venue where sustainability and luxury go hand in hand. The modern barn runs off the grid, powered and heated renewably, without having the back-to-basics feel expected by some of an eco-friendly wedding. Casterley Barn has luxury interiors, wall-to-wall glazing and an infinity lawn make this the place to celebrate an eco-friendly wedding in style. Proof that if you look hard enough, the perfect wedding venue can be planet-loving too.
What elements of your wedding can you rehome or reuse? This can be as simple as selling your candleholders on to another couple, or sharing flowers with another couple getting married the day before or after. Even your wedding dress can be donated to a pre-loved boutique rail, if you can bear to part with it.
You can also apply this logic when shopping for your own details. What could you source from other couple's celebrations, or hire from a styling company, to make those items go further?
Challenge yourselves to choose as many local wedding suppliers as possible. This will dramatically reduce the miles involved in making your wedding happen. It’ll also help cut your on-the-day delivery costs, making your celebration savings stretch that bit further.
You could team up with a florist who grows flowers locally. How about working with a cake designer from the same county? You could even have your dress designed by a local dressmaker! Even choosing one local supplier more than you would have done otherwise adds up to make a difference, so look to local suppliers as much as you can, but don’t feel guilty if you can’t across the board.
You chose to get married at the time of year you did for a reason, so run with it! At Casterley Barn, we love to see spring weddings filled with delicate narcissus, tulips and early peonies. The summer months offer maximum choice, with roses, delphiniums and foliage galore. And when autumn arrives, the dahlias come out, adding serious oomph to any display.
Take the same approach to your menu if you can. Locally sourced meat, fish and produce will cut down your food miles and ramp up the taste. Likewise, seasonal vegetables will add interest to each plate for a feast your guests will adore.
All images courtesy of Lydia Stamps Photography
Casterley Barn is Wiltshire’s award-winning eco-luxe and exclusive-use barn wedding venue. Running off the grid, couples can celebrate an eco-friendly wedding in style, knowing that their celebration won’t cost the earth. Wall-to-wall glazing and an infinity lawn make ceremonies here equally as stunning inside or out, with phenomenal views over the Vale of Pewsey. Find out more about tying the knot at Casterley Barn here.