If your Instagram is anything like mine, it’s full of beautiful floral displays from around the world. Who doesn’t want a wall-full of white blooms on their big day a’la Kim K?
Do we need to consider the impact of the wedding industry on the environment?
Most people don’t realise that 80% of UK flowers are imported from The Netherlands, Columbia and Kenya. The effect of the eco-systems in these countries can be huge when you consider the amount of pesticides, irrigation systems, preservation and fuel needed to transport them.
Here are some tips for you Eco-Friendly Brides
1. Buy British
20 yrs ago 50% of flowers were grown and sold here in the UK - buying local means reducing the carbon footprint and supporting local growers. Yes, it may mean opting for less exotic varieties for your decorating scheme, but there are some stunning UK options:
Flowers from the Farm give you information about seasonal varieties, and a map to find your local producer
Real Flowers are UK and Fairtrade farmers (pic 1)
Paper Tree offers beautifully-made paper flowers
Rose Petal Shop sells freeze dried petals and preserved roses which can be used again and again. (pic 2)
2. Carbon-Neutral Couture
Ethical fashion doesn’t have to be kaftans made from hemp!
There are a variety of designers using zero-waste and sustainable fabrics.
Sanyuka Shrestha uses ethical principals in her Nepal studio supporting local women. Her designs use luxurious fabrics, sustainably sourced, to create vintage and classical gowns. (pic 4)
Minna takes her inspiration from the English countryside and uses Fairtrade and organic fabrics in her London workshop to create custom gowns. Her ‘Indie Bride’ range starts from £500 and she has been featured in Vogue, Elle and Brides. (pic 5)
3. Releasing your inner hippy chick
If having your honeymoon in the UK doesn’t float your boat you could try offsetting the carbon footprint on your flights.
The Natural Wedding Company has a list of suppliers who specialise in recycled wedding invitations, organic cake makers and ethical jewellers.
With a bit of extra time, research and surprisingly not extra cost, you can have a wonderful wedding without compromising on your nature-friendly beliefs.
Let us know we can help put you in contact with our reputable suppliers here