Environmentally-Friendly Weddings: Planning Hacks to Make Your Big Day More Green

Green is the new White. Read on for some top eco-friendly wedding planning tips


Environmentally-Friendly Weddings: Planning Hacks to Make Your Big Day More Green

Green is the new White. Read on for some top eco-friendly wedding planning tips
DATE 6 November 2023



In today's world, where taking care of our planet has become more important than ever, it only makes sense that we extend this mindset to every aspect of our lives - including the most joyous occasions.

Making mindful changes to improve the sustainability of your wedding day is something every couple should consider. Environmentally-friendly weddings help reduce waste and protect our precious natural resources, but they also allow you to celebrate your love in a way that aligns with your values. Plus, who can resist adding some quirkily cute eco-friendly ideas into the mix?

Read on for our top tips on planning a perfect environmentally-friendly wedding...

From sustainable suppliers and materials to zero-waste practices and green venues – let us guide you on how to plan an eco-conscious wedding without compromising on style or sentiment. So grab a cup of tea (or a glass of organic bubbly!) and get ready for some earth-loving inspiration.

Why it's important to have an eco-friendly wedding

When it comes to planning your wedding, you have the power to make choices that not only reflect your personal style but also leave a positive impact on the environment. Having an eco-friendly wedding is more than just a passing trend – it's about taking responsibility for our planet and making sustainable choices that can inspire others.

By opting for sustainable suppliers and materials, you are supporting businesses that prioritise ethical practices and reduce their carbon footprint. From choosing ethically-sourced gemstones for your engagement ring to selecting invitations made from recycled paper, every little detail counts.

Incorporating zero-waste practices into your wedding planning can be both fun and impactful. Instead of traditional plastic confetti, why not opt for gorgeous  biodegradable alternatives like flower petals from specialists such as Confetti Bee? You'll add a touch of whimsy while keeping Mother Nature happy.

Choosing a green venue is another way to ensure your big day leaves minimal environmental impact. Look for venues with energy-efficient facilities or those dedicated to incorporating renewable energy sources into their operations. We have some great suggestions on our Venue Guest List, including the likes of Forest Hill Weddings, a marquee spot on the edge of the North York Moors that has an organic setting and style.

And when it comes to decorations, consider using potted plants instead of cut flowers – they can be reused or planted after the event. Search our Supplier Guest List for some amazing recommended florists.

Now, let's talk about food! Sustainable food options are becoming increasingly popular in the catering industry. Consider working with caterers who source locally grown produce or offer vegetarian and vegan menu options. Not only will this reduce transportation emissions, but it will also provide delicious meals that cater to all dietary preferences.


Encourage guests to car share or use public transport to get to your wedding. And why not recommend nearby hotels or accommodation to support the local businesses too? Our Guest List supplier Weardale Vintage Buses provides amazing vintage style buses for the whole party, a lovely way to gather guests and save on fuel.

Tips for Choosing Sustainable Suppliers and Materials

When planning an eco-friendly wedding, one of the most important factors to consider is choosing sustainable suppliers. By making conscious decisions in this area, you can significantly reduce the environmental impact of your special day.

Start by researching suppliers who prioritise sustainability. Look for caterers who source their ingredients locally and use organic or ethically produced food products. Seek out florists who offer pesticide-free flowers and utilise foam-free arrangements.

When it comes to materials, opt for biodegradable options whenever possible. Consider using recycled paper for your invitations and table designs or go digital with e-invitations to save on paper waste altogether. Search the stationers on our Guest List for some cool creative suggestions.

Another great way to be mindful of sustainability is by selecting suppliers that embrace upcycling or repurposing. Bridal Reloved Morpeth is a brilliant option for your gown, selling a range of ex sample and pre-loved dresses for a fraction of the designer price.

Incorporating Zero-Waste Practices into your Wedding Planning

Incorporating zero-waste practices into your wedding planning is not only a responsible and sustainable choice, but it can also add a unique and meaningful touch to your special day. Here are some ideas for reducing waste while still creating an unforgettable celebration.

When it comes to decorations, opt for reusable items or choose natural materials that can easily be composted after the event. Avoid single-use plastics like balloons or streamers, as they contribute to pollution. Instead, go for biodegradable options like bunting made from fabric scraps or flower petals as confetti.

Another way to minimise waste is by offering reusable or recyclable tableware instead of disposable options. Renting glassware and plates or using compostable alternatives made from bamboo or palm leaves are great eco-friendly alternatives.


Choosing a Green Venue and Decorations

Choosing a green venue and decorations for your wedding is not only an eco-friendly choice, but it can also add a unique touch to your special day. When selecting a venue, look for one that prioritises sustainability practices. Many venues now offer sustainable options such as using renewable energy sources, recycling programs, and water conservation efforts.

Consider outdoor locations like gardens or parks which provide a natural backdrop and reduce the need for excessive decoration. If you prefer an indoor venue, opt for spaces with large windows to maximise natural light and minimise the use of artificial lighting.


Bright Indoor Spaces: Lartington Hall, The Hidden Oak, The Biscuit Factory's New Garden Room, Woodhill's Olive House

Gorgeous Outdoors: Whalton Manor Gardens, Forest Hill Weddings, Lemmington Hall, Ellingham Hall, Halton Grove

When it comes to decorations, think outside the box! Instead of traditional plastic or paper decorations, explore alternatives made from biodegradable materials such as bamboo or recycled paper products. Get creative by incorporating nature-inspired elements like potted plants or flowers into your decor scheme.


Another idea is to repurpose items you already have or borrow from friends and family instead of buying new ones. This not only reduces waste but also adds sentimental value to your wedding decor.

By choosing a green venue and opting for environmentally-friendly decorations, you are making conscious choices that align with your values while creating an unforgettable atmosphere on your big day!

Sustainable Food and Drink Options for your Wedding Reception

When it comes to food, opt for locally sourced ingredients to reduce carbon emissions from transportation. Choose organic produce and free-range meats to support sustainable farming practices. Consider offering vegetarian or vegan meal options as they have a lower environmental impact than meat-based dishes.

Incorporating seasonal fruits and vegetables into your menu not only adds freshness but also reduces the need for excessive packaging and refrigeration. Embrace farm-to-table concepts by working closely with local farmers and caterers who prioritise sustainability.

For drinks, serve organic wines or craft beers made from locally grown ingredients. Offer signature cocktails featuring locally distilled spirits or create a self-serve beverage station with infused water and homemade lemonades using fresh herbs and fruits.

Avoid single-use plastic bottles by providing filtered water stations or reusable glassware. Opt for biodegradable or compostable cups, plates, and utensils instead of disposable ones.


Consider serving family-style meals instead of individual plating to minimise food waste. Incorporate creative ways to use leftovers during cocktail hour or brunch the next day!

By focusing on sustainable food and drink choices at your wedding reception, you not only contribute towards a greener planet but also inspire others with these quirky yet practical ideas!


By implementing these eco-friendly methods into your wedding planning, you can demonstrate how celebrating love doesn't have to come at the expense of our planet's well-being.

As always, search the Belle Bridal Guest List for the top suppliers and venues who take eco-friendly weddings seriously and can provide sound advice.