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An eco-friendly wedding is on today’s agenda and whether you’re at the beginning of your wedding planning journey or shortlisting suppliers we have some tops tips and advice for you. Planning an eco-friendly wedding is no different from planning any other wedding, it’s about the choices you make along your planning journey that count, and making a change towards climate change can only be a good thing. Your supplier choices will be a huge part of making your wedding as ethical as possible. Today we catch up with Kate Beavis owner of Magpie Wedding and the ECO Wedding Show who gives us her top 7 questions to ask your suppliers when you’re planning an eco-friendly wedding.
Every business and every wedding supplier should have recycling practices in place. This is particularly important when it comes to your wedding venue. Do they recycle all the leftover waste where possible? How do they recycle food waste?
When it comes to an eco-friendly wedding day, then your suppliers should be as close as possible to your venue and should source products and materials from locally based businesses where possible. All this adds to reducing carbon footprint and putting money back into local communities.
Single-use plastic is a huge contributor when it comes to waste in landfills and is a big no-no if you are planning an eco-friendly wedding. Make sure you ask your suppliers about their use of single-use plastic and if there is any way around this if they do. Most suppliers who class themselves as eco-friendly will have omitted this from their work practices.
If you can hire instead of buy, then this is a big tick on the ethical check sheet. Hiring means less production and less waste. This will not apply to all wedding suppliers but where you can ask your chosen suppliers if there are any aspects of their service you can hire instead. Your wedding suits and dresses, decorations, styling, and props could all be potentially hired instead of bought.
Ask about local and seasonal produce when it comes to food, the materials used in any wedding outfits and even your stationery; is the paper recyclable or can it be made from recycled materials?
Chat with your potential suppliers. If they work on eco-friendly weddings often and pride themselves on their eco-friendly practices, then they may have suggestions for you.
If you are still looking for other suppliers for your wedding, then most likely eco-friendly wedding suppliers will have recommendations of people they have worked with before. This will make it easier for you to find the right people for your big day.
Planning your eco-friendly wedding should be fun and stress-free so making sure you ask the right questions is paramount. If you want to meet lots of ethical wedding suppliers then The ECO Wedding Show runs nationally throughout the year. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
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