Shocking statistics recently revealed that the average British wedding produces more CO’2 than ten return flights to Thailand, with the average UK wedding on average costing nearly six times the amount as a foreign wedding.. Perhaps it’s about time we all started considering the damage we are doing to the planet before planning our special day.
The Card Gallery has put together top ten hints and tips to ensure that you are saving money whilst also considering our climate.
1: Keep it exclusive and intimate. Invite only your special friends and family. This tends to cut down on most general costs. Fewer guests means you will use less electricity and transport, making your big day more greener!
2: Consider where the majority of your guests are located in the country.. keep transport emissions down by hosting your wedding in the most popular area.
3: Keeping your honeymoon local will save you money, or if not take the train to Europe.. by all means try to avoid the dreaded aeorplane.
4: Thesedays with the internet and popular social networking sites, it is a great idea to send your invitations online. This saves on materials such as paper and glue, and best of all is free!
5: Vintage fashion is very much ‘in’ this season. Ditch that pricey new dress for a second hand, hired or inherited garment. This will make your wedding stylish, plus eco friendly!
6: Same applys for the rings. Vintage jewel’s are zero carbon yet stylish at the same time.
7: If hosting a summer wedding, try to do it in the outdoors. Air conditioners are expensive and very polluting to run.
8: Rather than heading to the local supermarket for drinks and food, why not opt for the local farmers market? Try to design your menu around what food is in season.
9: Ask around your friends that have already married and try to borrow things that you need. Purchasing less new items reduces your emissions hugely.
10: Ditch the limo for something less polluting. The choices of how you arrive are endless, from electric cars to white horses.. be stylish and individual yet carbon foot conscious.
Take a look around The Card Gallery’s website for a range of handmade wedding guest books and photo albums.