Ethical and green wedding planning
To help you make your ethical wedding choices and plans, we will be taking a closer look at some of the key environmental and social issues that have a bearing on the wedding industry. Send us your suggestions of issues you want to go under the spotlight, or visit our forum and Ethical Weddings blog for more discussions.
Roses are red, violets are blue - but which flowers are ‘green'?
If you know you want local, seasonal flowers for your wedding, you might assume that means settling for common old carnations, clichéd roses or run-of-the-mill chrysanths. But native flowers are just as impressive as any exotic imports - with none of the air miles.
After 'Ethical weddings? Green weddings? What's that all about?' the next question is nearly always: 'But won't that cost a fortune?'
And in our Ethical Weddings survey, the thing that you said would most put you off waltzing down the aisle in green wedding style was...you guessed it: cost.
So it's definitely high time for a few tips about keeping those eco wedding and green civil partnership costs down.
Ok, before we begin, let's take a few deep breaths...
This is standard procedure to prevent the spluttering that the words ‘ethical' or ‘green' coupled with ‘wedding' can induce when pronounced to a bride already in the midst of frenzied wedding planning fever...
Dressing up is one of the most fun parts of any wedding - after all, how often is it that you really get to dress up these days?
In these times of throwaway fashion, however, it's worth sparing a thought for those creating your fine feathers and spending a little time seeking out style that doesn't compromise your conscience...
At the best of times, finding the perfect venue to make those vows and celebrate with friends and family is not an easy task with so many things to think about from the size and the style to access and catering.
But if you're one of the ever-growing numbers of green brides and grooms hoping to tie the ethical knot, the list doesn't end there. You're also on the hunt for that elusive eco-factor - the venue that cares. So where to start?
'Rule 1' - throw away the rule book. Trying to stick to convention will drive you crazy and turn you into a raving bridezilla!
We look at who does what and who's coming, saving the date (and paper), food & drink, ceremony options, and where to host the biggest party of your life!
Most of the big decisions are out of the way now but there's still plenty to keep you busy!
Get thinking about the green groom's outfit, how you're going to get around on the day, sorting out stationery and making your venue look lovely.
And not forgetting our favourite bits, the cake and the honeymoon!
Rings, vows and making your ceremony special.
To give or not to give? Gifts for you and for your wedding party.
And most importantly, making time for romance to relax and remember what all this planning is about!
Not long now! Get inviting your guests and indulge yourself with a little pampering.
If you haven't already, time to spare a thought for your name too...
Now for the tricky bit - who sits where? It's like a jigsaw puzzle!
Wedding speeches need a little working on if you're going down that route and it's time to tie up any loose ends.
So near now!
You're into the final stretch with just seven days to go so it's just a case of checking all arrangements...
...and getting ready to celebrate!