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3 Ways To To Make Your Wedding Day More Sustainable

13/05/2024

Sustainable Wedding Sustainability Barnardo's

Everything you need to celebrate your big day, without wincing at the carbon impact. 

Your wedding should be the most memorable day of your life. When you picture your ‘I do’ moment, wedding waste is likely the last thing on your mind. With single use paper goods, excess food, and plastic decorations like balloons, the waste really racks up.

Did you know that in 2018, 4,910 tonnes of unrecyclable plastic were used and left behind as rubbish at British weddings, and one wedding can produce as much as 20kg of plastic waste? (Source: Sky Ocean Rescue)

 

We teamed up with influencers @thriftyfinnie @bridget_nzen @fatgirlfashioninspo and @izzy_manuel , along with the team at @towerhillbarns to show you how you can have a beautiful wedding the sustainable way. 

Here are our top tips: 

1) Shop vintage for your wedding dress (or suit!): 

 

If you try to make conscious purchase decisions about your clothing, then sourcing a second-hand or vintage wedding dress could work for you! When you purchase second-hand, you can save hundreds of pounds, with the added bonus of knowing you said ‘I do’ to pre-loved fashion. 

Why not take a trip to our wedding pop-up in our Sutton Coldfield Superstore to find your dream dress? 

2) Be plastic-free where possible

 

We don’t talk enough about wedding waste! From balloons, to party favours, and glitter, these small pieces of single-use plastic add up and eventually find their way into our ecosystem. Why not opt for some of our biodegradable floral confetti?

Our wedding place-cards [link to wedding favours] are made from plantable seed paper, made up from British meadow flower seeds,  which will attract pollinators to your guests’ gardens. 

3) DIY your big day 

 

Start off with an inspirational mood-board. How do you want your big day to look? Then go from there. Thrift candle holders, or use old bottles and jars as vases. Or if there are friends in your wedding party who don’t know one another, why not gather them for a day of crafting centrepieces, bunting, garlands, or other decorations whilst everyone breaks the ice? 

Then, when the wedding day arrives, you can invite your loved ones to take flowers and table settings they created home with them, as a reminder of the part they played in making your celebrations special. 

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