Weddings are wonderful but can generate a lot of waste. We’ve put together some tips to make your big day as green as possible. This is the day when it literally is all about you. You’ll want to make you wedding reflect your style, personality, and beliefs as a couple.
It’s A Nice Day For An Eco Vegan Wedding
A lot of people worry about throwing a vegan wedding for omnivorous guests. Don’t. This is your dream day, your wedding, your hard earned funds. If a potential guest is making it all about them then maybe you should cut them from the guest list. Guests are there to witness and celebrate the union, not to add stress to the couple. Even if someone is contributing financially it does not give them any rights of control about major wedding decisions.
Some may say the dress is the top priority. Is it really though? Paying thousands for a dress you will wear once and then hang up in the attic? I get it though, every bride wants to feel beautiful and a dress can be intrinsic part of that.
Annaborgia – Wedding Dresses You Can Wear After The Wedding
Working as a wedding photographer for over a decade had a clear impact on Daniela Degrassi when she founded Annaborgia in 2015. Designing clothes was a new amazing way to express her creativity, but Daniela wanted the whole project to be more meaningful, to be socially helpful. Witnessing the decadent styles of bridesmaids dresses year after year gave her the input to create a line that would be ceremony friendly while (most importantly) give brides and bridesmaids the great convenience to repurpose their looks after the wedding. Daniela designs have a distinct appeal, she loves to describe it as ‘easy bridal to casual’ transition!
There are some fantastic dress hire companies out there. Some will even let you rent out your dress to other brides after your special day.
UK / Ireland: https://www.onefabday.com/uk/wedding-dress-hire
Have a look through the family photos and see if any of your relatives have a vintage dress you can use for your special day.
See our post on vegan shoe brands >>HERE
Perfect vegan wedding shoes for brides and grooms:
Scrap physical invitations altogether with an email or Facebook invite. Not fancy enough? Try these online invitations sites. You can customise your invites, manage your guest list and track RSVP’s:
Green Envelope: https://www.greenvelope.com/designs/wedding-invitations
Paperless Post: https://www.paperlesspost.com/wedding
If you still want to send out physical invites why not do it on seed paper? Guests can then plant your invite and help put the bees!
Confetti: View Seed Paper Here
Some printers use plant-based vegan inks:
V-Gon creative is run by Luke Jackson, a vegan graphic designer. They can produce unique invitations for you with vegan ink and seed papers.
Treasure Studios is a 100% vegan studio. All printer inks used to provide wedding invitations are completely plant based and nearly everything sold here is recyclable – including the wrapping and parcel packaging. Even their website is 100% carbon neutral!
The Make Up & Hair
Find your nearest vegan make up artist, hairdresser, spa (or even tattoo studio!):
- Browse the AllEthical.com Vegan Directory
- Find Your Vegan Treatment at Greener Beauty
- Amy runs Natural Beauty – a vegan friendly independent Makeup Artist based in Milton Keynes, who also offers services in brow shaping and waxing, brow and lash tinting and soon to be offering lash extensions!
- Becca Rose Beauty is a cruelty free beauty and hair salon in Shiney Row, Houghton le Spring. As a salon they have a strong belief that animals should not be used in the process of testing ingredients and products. Therefore, all products used in the salon are cruelty free (not tested on animals) and the majority are suitable for a vegan lifestyle with all being vegetarian friendly.
If you’ve always dreamed of getting married under the stars or you want to celebrate getting married but in a slightly less formal manner, then hiring a wedding celebrant could be ideal for you!
Maxine Beech Ceremonies. Maxine is a vegan, Humanists UK accredited ceremony designer, wedding celebrant and on-the-day coordinator. Sh’e’s based right on the borders of Cheshire, Shropshire and Wales, but can be available to work anywhere.
Mike Ashbridge is a vegan and lead non-religious funeral and wedding ceremonies in Pembrokeshire and South West Wales.
Make Your Own
Natural petal confetti is the way to go for your wedding as most venues don’t allow the paper version. Natural petal confetti is biodegradable, natural (of course!) and completely eco-friendly.
Making your own confetti is cheap, the resources are in your garden (or a friend or relative’s garden if you live in a flat!) and, best of all, it’s free! The only cost is a little bit of your time.
Or just grab a hole punch and make your own leaf confetti: https://www.idoyall.com/2017/07/01/leaf-confetti-diy/
Biodegradeable Throwing Confetti Pack
Made from biodegradable tissue paper. Each piece of confetti looks fantastic sprinkled across your wedding tables, or used to throw over the happy couple after the ceremony. Throwing confetti is also an ideal extra in gift bags or to place inside your wedding invitations.
Find it HERE
Do you absolutely have to have flowers at your wedding? Some alternatives:
- walk down the aisle with an alternative bouquet.
- decorate reception tables with things you can reuse in your home after the wedding, like soy-based candles or stacks of books.
- choose potted blooms, plants or topiaries as centerpieces. This way, you can take them home and replant them after the wedding or give them as gifts to guests.
If you absolutely need flowers you can:
- Use locally grown flowers
- Use a company like Bouqs. Their Farm to Table Bouqs are cut the day you order and shipped from one of their farm partners so they last. All their farms practice sustainable, eco-friendly farming, and they cut only what they sell which means less waste!
If you don’t want your beautiful flowers thrown away after your celebration you can use a company that will pick up the arrangements are reuse them. Rebloom take arrangements from events and sell them to raise money for charities. Repeat Roses take arrangements that might only have a short life at a wedding or event and use them to bring joy to residents of hospices and cancer treatment facilities and to victims of homelessness and domestic abuse at local shelters.
Another eco-friendly choice is to choose potted blooms, plants or topiaries as centerpieces. This way, you can take them home and replant them after the wedding.
Leaves Boutique create gorgeous artificial flowers.
Vegan food is far more environmentally friendly but this can cause a bit of tension for non-vegan guests. I’ve seen many online discussions on this topic. The couple worry that they have to ‘announce’ that this will be a vegan wedding and fear omnivorous relatives or guests will complain or not come. A wedding is about the celebration of two people joining together to become a family. This is the day where it gets to be all about you. If you’re following a vegan diet or just want your wedding to be more environmentally friendly then that’s just how it is. If people are not going to support your wedding and your union perhaps you don’t want to spend your hard earned money feeding and entertaining them. In a traditional christian church wedding there’s a bit where all the guests pledge to support the couple and assist their marriage. They should support the couple not add to their stress. Even if someone is contributing finances to the wedding its still all about you. Have your dream day – not anyone else’s. This is also your chance to maybe show your guests that vegan food can be so very tasty!
Find a vegan catering company on Veggie Catering
Warrilow – Handcrafted Vegan Hats & Fascinators
Vegan photographers that can travel to capture your special day anywhere in the UK:
Tiny Sarah’s Cakes is a luxury cake, cupcake and treat company based in Reading, Berkshire. If you are looking for vegan wedding cakes, birthday cakes, anniversary cakes, a cake because cakes are freaking awesome – i believe you have come to the right place!
Jesmond Cake Company is a vegan cake company based in Newcastle upon Tyne. All products are egg-free and dairy-free and made without any animal products.
Forgot The Eggs have some gorgeous looking vegan cakes and treats.
The Wedding Favours
The Gilded Fern
The Gilded Fern specialises in high quality, made-to-order wedding favours, stationery and accessories. All of their products are eco-friendly, recycled and/or recyclable, vegan and cruelty-free – wherever possible, they are organic and locally-produced, too. Each of these gifts have been carefully designed to add a touch of luxury to your eco-conscious boho, festival or rustic wedding theme. http://www.gildedfern.co.uk
If you want to give gifts during the speeches to the best man, bridesmaids, parents or anyone that helped plan here are some ideas for you:
Tension Takeaway offer Eco-Soy and essential oil natural candles which are lovingly hand made along the East Sussex coastline. They can supplycand les for your wedding, party, corporate event etc and candles can be personalised for a small additional charge to make them even extra special.
Full of Kindness Cruelty-Free and Vegan friendly beauty products.
- Up to 5 beauty goodies delivered to your doorstep for just £15.99 per box.
- Value of products in every box is at least £35.
- 50p donation to an animal friendly charity for every box sold.
- No commitments – cancel anytime.
Ecovida Gifts Consciously Curated Gift Sets
- Ecovida Gifts offers a range of consciously curated gift sets featuring 100% natural, cruelty-free, vegan friendly products sourced from ethical UK suppliers. We spend our time searching out high quality, eco-friendly products so that you don’t have to!
- With a range of collections to choose from and personalised bespoke gift sets available, you can be sure to find a gift set perfect for your loved ones or just as a treat for yourself!
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Did you have a vegan wedding? Any tips? Let us know in the comments section below! What’s your opinion on throwing a vegan wedding?
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