ADVICE - 3 Top Tips for a More Sustainable Wedding by One Gin

18th November 2019


It is no secret that gin is fast becoming Britain’s favourite spirit. As a result of this ever-growing popularity, more and more couples are choosing to have gin play a part in their big celebration: from gin wedding favours to welcoming G&Ts for their guests. 

At One Gin we love elegant, art deco styles and we believe in the butterfly effect: that small actions can have far reaching effects; every bottle of One Gin funds clean safe water projects in the world’s poorest communities.

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We are are very partial to a good wedding, especially one which takes into account the world around us and we believe that small acts such as choosing alternative invites, sustainable dresses or conscious gin for your reception will not only enhance the occasion for your loved ones on the day, but will genuinely change lives on the other side of the world long after the confetti has settled. 

Here are some thoughts on how to prepare an exceptional, sustainable wedding:

1.  Wedding Invitations

Printing has a little known impact on the environment. Did you know that up to 80 million cartridges go to landfills every year worldwide?  These cartridges can take between 400-800 years to break down. Also, the heavy metals and volatile organic compounds which can be found in ink can lead to soil and water pollution.

Why not go online? You could send out some beautifully designed e-invitations with someone like Greenvelope, or start a social media group or blog for your special day. 

3 Top Tips for a More Sustainable Wedding by One Gin. Online wedding invitations from GreenvelopeGreenvelope

If you’re pining for that traditional wedding invitation then here are some other beautiful, but still relatively eco-friendly suggestions…

Paperchain Wedding Stationery works to ensure that their consumables have as little impact on the environment as possible by using only FSC approved paper stock and by using digital print presses that are backed by great recycling schemes. Have a look! They offer some beautiful designs. We particularly love the ‘Greenery’ collection. 

Or... how about Treasure Studios – created by a self-proclaimed eco warrior, they provide vegan friendly products, print using completely plant-based ink and use vegan glues and paper dyes. 

3 Top Tips for a More Sustainable Wedding by One Gin. Eco Friendly StationeryLeft to right: Paperchain Wedding Stationery, Treasure Studios

For the more creative bride, why not use plantable paper, like those from Wildflower Papers to make your invitations that bit more eco-friendly? A stunning alternative to traditional paper that can be reused to plant flowers after it has served its purpose.

3 Top Tips for a More Sustainable Wedding by One Gin. Seeded PapersWildflower Papers

Hire a calligrapher (or of course, write them yourself) and you’ll be contributing to reduce the emissions which are created during the printing process.

2.  The Dress

Choosing a wedding dress is often one of the most exciting – and nerve-wracking - parts of being a bride-to-be.  Below are a few options which don’t need to cost the earth. 

Bohemian Chic

Are you looking for something soft and bohemian? Lost In Paris has beautiful and environmentally friendly designs that incorporate lace and fringe to give a beautiful minimalist impression. Each design is unearthed from antique markets in Paris and restored and refashioned by expert designers. No sweatshops are used in the making of these dresses. 

Princess Style

If you love something more classically feminine, why not get inspired by the beautiful Leila Hafzi ‘Bright Dreams’ collection. They are a member of The Ethical Trading Initiative meaning that they acknowledge that companies have a responsibility towards human rights and the company works to maintain a production cycle which is as environmentally friendly as possible: 

Or what about the beautiful ‘River Skirt’ created by River Elliot Bridal Couture? This beautiful piece is made by a company with a passion for being environmentally friendly. They work with ethical fabric suppliers from the UK and Europe who are able to provide organic and non-violent materials that are produced by fair-trade workers.

3 Top Tips for a More Sustainable Wedding by One Gin. Lost in Paris, Leila Hafzi and River Elliot Bridal Couture ethical wedding dressesLeft to right: Lost In ParisLeila HafziRiver Elliot Bridal Couture

Traditional

Try looking for some pre-loved dresses on the Oxfam website. We’ve found some beautiful pieces here for a fraction of typical prices. Oxfam works with partners and communities towards achieving a world without poverty. On average, for every £1 donated, they invest 83p on humanitarian development and campaigning work. 

Something Modern

If you like something a bit more avant-garde, check out Mother of Pearl. They are a brand that stays committed to using virgin and recycled natural fibres. They also strongly hold ethical principles relating to animal welfare.

Why not have a look at Reformation? Reformation tracks their environmental footprint using RefScale so that buyers can be more informed when making their purchase decisions. They have also partnered with the Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation Project and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) Water Restoration Program to help put back some of the resources they have used.

3 Top Tips for a More Sustainable Wedding by One Gin. Oxfam, Mother of Pearl and Reformation ethical wedding dressesLeft to right: OxfamMother of PearlReformation

3. DRINKS

Wine

If you would like wine on your wedding day, we recommend Bothy Vineyard as an environmentally friendly option. They engage in a host of sustainable activities including reducing the use of plastic ties in the vineyard and completing all tying down using low impact biodegradable wire ties this year and using electricity from 100% renewable sources which are generated on-site. 

3 Top Tips for a More Sustainable Wedding by One Gin. Bothy VineyardBothy Vineyard

Gin

One Gin can make a tangible difference that goes beyond your wedding day. One Gin is an award-winning gin abundant with fresh sage, juniper and citrus. What sets it apart is that every bottle purchased helps to fund life-changing water projects in some of the world’s poorest communities. One Gin works with its charity partner The One Foundation primarily in Kenya, Malawi, Ghana and Rwanda to build projects that enable sustainable access to clean water forever.

3 Top Tips for a More Sustainable Wedding by One Gin. Miniature Gin Wedding FavoursOne Gin Miniatures in Sage and Sage & Apple

The label’s palette of fresh greens and copper gold works beautifully for a Spring or Summer wedding, making the miniature bottles a precious addition to the tables. Beyond the gin wedding favours, One Gin offers bespoke wedding packages which follow the future bride and groom’s journey. Whether it be beautiful gift boxes created for the maid of honour and best man. Or hosting a private gin event or masterclass in the exclusive One Gin Gallery at Mews of Mayfair. Or with the help of our award-winning master mixologist Joseph Wood, One Gin can create unique cocktail recipes for your big day.

3 Top Tips for a More Sustainable Wedding by One Gin


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