✦ My Sustainable Wedding ✦

(Well, as sustainable as it could be)

I set out to have a sustainable wedding (well, as sustainable as it could be). It’s proven to be incredibly difficult to throw a 100% sustainable wedding, so we set out to be eco-conscious throughout the whole process. We had to make decisions to keep to these values, and I want to share what those decisions were. They were easy choices for us; If something had too much waste involved it was a no-go. So we moved on, simple!

 In 2023, couples have reduced waste with digital invitations, minimising single-use plastics, and repurposing anything they can find. More and more couples are considering sustainability throughout the wedding planning process. Great News!

Here are my tips and tricks if you have the same goals as us!

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Wedding date – 02/02/2023

Venue Barn Drift - Holt

Photographer Daring Stoda

Videographer Clayton Creation

The Dress Naya Bridal

Hair cut and colour Ellie Hair Norwich

Bridesmaids dresses Vinted

Brides shoes Vinted

The Rings Etsy Cape Clasp

The engagement ring Glasswing

Other rings Sea and Stone Jewellery, Tide and Earth

Ceremony backdrop frame (DIY shells) Copper Lily Events

Confetti Cofetti Bee

Chocker necklace Beachy Beads (DIYShell necklace)

Earrings Thalia Grace Jewellery

Florals WildSpirit Florist

Decor Array Wedding and Event Hire

Table service Banqueting Hire

Catering Coxfords Butchers

Tap here for the details and suppliers

Wedding date – 02/02/2023

Venue Barn Drift - Holt

Photographer Daring Stoda

Videographer Clayton Creation

The Dress Naya Bridal

Hair cut and colour Ellie Hair Norwich

Bridesmaids dresses Vinted

Brides shoes Vinted

The Rings Etsy Cape Clasp

The engagement ring Glasswing

Other rings Sea and Stone Jewellery, Tide and Earth

Ceremony backdrop frame (DIY shells) Copper Lily Events

Confetti Cofetti Bee

Chocker necklace Beachy Beads (DIYShell necklace)

Earrings Thalia Grace Jewellery

Florals WildSpirit Florist

Decor Array Wedding and Event Hire

Table service Banqueting Hire

Catering Coxfords Butchers

The wedding video

The talented and beautiful soul we call our friend, agreed to bring his camera along and capture some clips. I'm so glad we did this, because there is something so special about re-living your wedding day in motion.

✦ THE DRESS ✦

Okay, THE dress… Or should I say interchangeable 4 Piece?! I went a bit OTT with the separates.

My look was compiled of a top, skirt, sleeves, and satin trousers. I started the day with the skirt and sleeves attached to the top, then not long after the photos the sleeves came off, and man, it felt good! I finished the night by replacing the fitted skirt with some satin wide leg trousers.

Ways I made my look sustainable as it could be.

  • I only ordered the exact amount of fabric I needed. With any wastage this was used for other things.
  • Excess satin from the trousers were used to wrap the bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids.
  • I’m in the process of making scrunchies from any excess fabric.
  • All the beads cut off were saved, and reused for the waist detail on the top.
✦ Bridesmaids dresses

This tends to be a surprisingly pricey part of the wedding, especially if you have a good number of bridesmaids. I had 5, and I had a vision. I wanted something different to the norm, something that was unique to each bridesmaid, and something fun! We opted for full length, beaded styles, all in different colours. I can’t stress enough how amazing the second-hand market it. I was on everything from Vinted, Facebook marketplace, Depop to shopping in charity shops. It was a long journey of buying styles and reselling them because they weren’t right, until we landed on these styles, finalising the last one just 3 weeks before the wedding.

Four of the gowns are from Vinted.com. The olive Maid of Honour gown was originally a style I bought for myself for another event, and didn’t end up wearing. And one gown was my very own prom dress from 12 years ago, and it was perfect!

 

Here is a price breakdown including postage-

Holly – Champagne dress – Vinted £38.69

Katherine – Gold dress – Vinted £31.24

Joss – Olive dress – Vinted £45.59

Lauren – Deep green dress – Vinted £40.34

Bethan – Navy dress – My old prom dress

✦ Hire, make, borrow and purchase everything second hand

We all know you can’t re-use much after your wedding, so I decided to hire, borrow or purchase items second hand. For example, we borrowed Toms cousins table runner who got married a few months prior. We hired all our chairs, tables, ceremony rugs, garden games etc. I bought our table flower vases from my local car boot for £10. I purchased all the hanging lanterns from Vinted and added the tassels myself for £40. I honestly purchased so many bargains off Vinted, as you already know. Being savvy, and starting early purchasing items is a big tip to a cheaper wedding day.

*Insert girl math* If you start buying items well in advance, by the time your wedding comes around, it’s basically free, right?

Toms parents found us soooo many shells and I knew we had to incorporate them somehow. The ceremony backdrop frame, from Copper Lily Events, was the perfect base. I enlisted tom to drill holes in the hundreds of shells, and I spent the day before the wedding hanging them up with clear string. We got many compliments with how different it was!

✦ Minimal plastic & a wedding website

From the start… this was always a non-negotiable for me. Even general food shopping, I hate buying all my fruit and veg in individual plastic wrapping. It’s inevitable in this day and age that some items you order online could have the possibility of coming wrapped in plastic. So, we made super conscious choices and efforts in everything we did. For example – No balloons, tissue paper wrapping, purchasing from local or sustainable sellers and wooden cutlery and paper plates for the ‘day after BBQ’.

 

We also didn’t send out physical invites to our guests. We are blessed with a talented marketing expert and designer in the family, Toms sister. Em designed us our very own wedding website. This had all of the details the guests could need!

✦ Biodegradable confetti & Farmers flowers for décor

I always knew biodegradable confetti was the only way to go. The Venue, Barn Drift, also banned anything other than this. The location is beautifully remote and close to the sea with plenty of land and forests nearby, so having no plastic confetti is non-negotiable, amazing! I opted for Confetti Bee because of their beautiful range of colours and scents.

We also incorporated some stunning fresh florals from a local farmer. Coming from a farming family this was easy to source! These were placed in jugs throughout the property, and in small vases (from a car boot of course) across the whole banquet table for dinner.

✦ The Rings

Being on a budget, I knew I didn’t want to spend too much on the rings. I found a stunning antique Etsy shop, who are based in the UK, with the perfect style. My band is a 70’s double wishbone ring, that curved perfectly around my engagement ring. It was the wrong size, but my local jeweller happily re-sized it for me. I’m big on my rings, so definitely wanted a chunky style to go with the rest, and this band was perfect! Coming back to my engagement ring, Tom picked a brand that recycled all materials, including the diamonds, including a piece of sea glass from Cornwall, which is where he proposed.

Toms ring is from a brand who are partnered with a marine life organization and donate 15% of their profits. How perfect?! Getting married by the sea on the Norfolk coast, living to be on the beach whenever we can, and loving all things sea life, it was meant to me.

✦ The Earrings

These were a custom piece, and the first thing I bought after we got engaged in 2021. I told Lauren at Thalia Grace Jewellery what I wanted, and she delivered perfectly. They are made with freshwater pearls that have been recycled from old jewellery pieces, and all the 925 silver has been repurposed from other pieces too.

✦ The Necklaces

My choker necklace was purchased from a UK based Etsy seller, as always. And my big shell pendant necklace was made by me! I enlisted tom to drill a hole in the shell, while I took an old necklace apart and used the silver and heishi beads to build a new necklace. I’m no jewellery designer, but super proud of myself for this one. It came out just how I’d pictured.

✦ The Shoes

Shoes I can and will wear again! There aren’t many parts of a wedding you can re-use, resulting in a lot of ‘one time’ buys. I purchased some neutral, small block heels from Vinted (duh) for £11.99 including postage. I took them off not long after the wedding photos, and proceeded to dance barefoot!

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