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How To Plan An Eco-Friendly and Vintage Wedding

Publish On 2014-05-21 , 2:30 PM

Eco Friendly Wedding




Looking to plan a stylish sustainable wedding? Here are some tips and tricks to keep it environmentally sound.

  • Hire a coordinator that will properly source green-friendly choices for your wedding.
  • Plan your ceremony and wedding reception in the same place to save energy on transportation.
  • Choose a location that has a good recycling policy.
  • Use recycled paper or materials like bamboo, hemp and kenaf.
  • Create custom invitations by hand or ask your printer to print with soy-based ink.
  • If you prefer to keep it paperless, reach out to guests with an e-card invitation or via telephone.
  • Create a wedding registry that includes a charitable cause or items that are green-friendly or organic.
  • For the bridesmaid dresses, opt for frocks from vintage stores.
  • For your wedding dress, choose designers that use environmentally sound fabrics and practice fair trade acts.
  • For hair and makeup, use organic or mineral products that are not tested on animals.
  • Use a florist who uses locally grown organic flowers.
  • Faux or silk flowers are another option for wedding flowers.
  • Rent an energy-efficient hybrid car for transportation. Alternatively, hire a horse and carriage or a rickshaw for transport, or even a bicycle-built-for two.
  • For entertainment, opt for acoustic singers or hire an ensemble to play stringed instruments.
  • For food and favours, use items that are organic or fair trade.


Vintage Wedding



A vintage-inspired wedding theme can also have eco-friendly credentials. Here are our top tips for planning a vintage-chic celebration: 

  • Select a vintage era that sets the tone of your wedding.
  • Try to find a manor for your venue where you can hold the ceremony and the reception. With an antique décor and furniture, a manor will create the perfect ambiance without you having to purchase extra themed decorations.
  • Wear a gown that has been passed down in your family or from shop second-hand.
  • Dress your bridesmaids in frocks from vintage stores or have them wear their own dresses.
  • Dress the men up in their own morning suits or tuxedos. If they don't have one of their own, they could borrow it from a mate.
  • Use recycled yellow paper and hand write your invitations for an "olde-world" effect.
  • From antique photo frames to candles made of beeswax or soybean - double these up and use as table cards and as favours.
  • Arrange for a horse-drawn carriage for your environmentally-friendly transport.
  • For old-fashioned fare, create a menu that reflects the era of your theme - and ingredients should be free-range and locally grown produce.
  • For a fun photo opp, take vintage style bikes around a park.