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Local experts on greener weddings
Q. We want our wedding to be as green as possible, where do we start?
A. Evangeline Wells says: Here are a few of my top tips to help make your big day as eco-friendly as possible:
❤ When looking for your dream venue, it's important to ask plenty of questions about their environmental policies to ensure they have the same values as you. You can cut down on mileage by hosting your ceremony and reception under one roof and by having it at a hotel, you and your guests can stay overnight, avoiding extra travel.
❤ If you're marrying locally, arranging a bus or coach to transport family and friends to the wedding will reduce the carbon footprint of your day as well.
❤ Think carefully about which suppliers you choose. Picking locally-based ones minimises the distance they have to travel. It's also important to be aware of where things are coming from. For example, if you order something online, make sure it is not being shipped from the other side of the world.
❤ Having invitations made from recycled card is another great tip.
Q. We're trying to make ethical, sustainable and greener choices for our big day and want to reflect this in our choice of rings too. What would you suggest that's meaningful and fitting for our wedding?
A. Sara Sweet says: We only use fairtrade, fairmined or recycled gold. For a truly personal touch, remodeling old family or sentimental jewellery is a great way of breathing new life into broken or out-dated pieces that would otherwise be unworn and unloved. Not only eco-friendly, you end up with a new and bespoke creation full of meaning that can be handed down for future generations to treasure.
You can mix gold of different carats, but not colours. It all gets melted down and sent for hallmarking as usual. The assay office check the final content and stamp the item accordingly. We can also melt and reuse platinum and stones can be reset too. We specialise in this type of work and having the designers and goldsmiths on site, means you can watch part of the process as it unfurls in store, creating memories to last a lifetime.
Q. We've just embarked on planning our wedding day and want to make greener choices where we can. What would you suggest to make a difference?
A. Tara Canning says: Supporting suppliers close to home is a great way to not only boost the local economy, but will also reduce the carbon footprint of your day in terms of delivery and transportation of goods and services.
Try to go plastic-free where possible, such as swapping plastic straws for paper or metal ones and opt for bottles of water; you can even get resealable cans. Try to choose seasonal food and fresh cut flowers rather than imported produce, to cut down on air miles. Natural confetti is another great option; ours is picked by hand from our gardens, farmland and nursery, to cause minimum disruption to bees, insects and other wildlife caused by machinery. With no dyes or perfumes, it's completely biodegradable.
Q. We're having a summer festival wedding and want to have plenty of glittler and sparkle and enjoy the outdoor setting, but without harming the environment. Is this possible?
A. Emily Jo says: The rise in popularity of outdoor weddings, means there has to be increased awareness and consideration on how to minimise any environmental impact.
Being based in Norfolk, we're surrounded by wildlife and nature, and it's inspired us to think more about the world we live in and to be as eco-friendly as possible. We have therefore made it our mission to source biodegradable, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly products. A small, yet potentially significant change, it's important to understand that it's not essential to make huge sacrifices in order to make a difference when celebrating your wedding. So, if glitter and sparkle are a must for you, here are some tips to help ensure that not only you and your guests smile, but the planet smiles too.
❤ Check the small print and ingredients before you buy eco-friendly products to make sure you really understand what it means.
❤ If in doubt ask if the glitter is plastic or plant-based, and opt for natural where you can.
❤ Biodegradable is a must, whether it's glitter or confetti.
❤ Avoid single-use plastic; there are many alternatives available now.
❤ Check the ingredients and content of any products labelled vegan-friendly.
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