Ethical wedding tips

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Ethical Wedding Tip!

RSVPs by email and phone

Get people to RSVP by email (and phone) Make it a bit more special by creating a special email address just for the wedding (for example, tyingtheknot - at - hotmail.com)

About me
I am a lecturer teaching students with behavioural problems and learning difficulties. My h2b is a project manager for a building company. We are trying to have as ethical a wedding as possible and incorporating lots of ideas from your fab web site. We are getting married in a local stately home and then partying the night away in the village hall! Hopefully decorated with flowers grown on my allotment!

Wedding Date
9 August 2008

Tip by Helen Walker

Submitted by: Helen Walker

Ethical Wedding Tip!

Green wedding favours

As the perfect green wedding gift, give native seedlings as wedding favours. That way the guests can go home and plant a tree for the environment and remember your special day as they watch it grow!

Submitted by: Liz

Ethical Wedding Tip!

Once worn wedding dresses

Before you head off on the biggest dress hunt of your life, have a think about what  might be right under your nose.

What did your mum or gran wear for their wedding? Is it still hanging around at the back of the wardrobe?

Even if styles have changed a little since those days (or not - it could have come full circle!), you could always get a dressmaker to 'refashion' it for you to your eco-chic spec.

Sadly, although I loved dressing up in it when I was about 8 (see pic!) I completely forgot to consider this option for my own wedding.

Don't suffer the same regrets, get digging in that wardrobe now. You can still do the great dress hunt afterwards - just to make sure you've covered all the options!

Check out the designers and dressmakers in our ethical bridalwear section, and see if they can refashion a dress for you...

Submitted by: Katie

Ethical Wedding Tip!

Take the train to your honeymoon

Cut down on the carbon and take the train to your honeymoon destination...

Probably the one occasion when you can take your time on your travels!

Read about taking the train down to Spain on the Ethical Weddings blog.

Submitted by: Jamie

Ethical Wedding Tip!

Green wedding guilt?

Feeling like a guilty green?

Make a checklist of what you've achieved so far in your ethical wedding plans...

...and smile!

Submitted by: Katie

Ethical Wedding Tip!

Home made wedding cake

Go on, let mum make the cake! You can sneak the fair trade sugar and dried fruits into the store cupboard before she starts baking!

Submitted by: Katie

Ethical Wedding Tip!

Good Gifts

Instead of traditional favours, give guests the gift of giving! Check out ‘Good Gifts’ new charity favours.

Submitted by: Katie

Ethical Wedding Tip!

Check Potential Venues

Be nosy! Ask your potential venues what they are doing to minimise waste, conserve water and reduce energy use. Even if they are not doing much now, your questions could be the push they need.

Submitted by: Katie

Ethical Wedding Tip!

Second Hand and Vintage Dresses

Check out charity and vintage shops before making your decision on the dress.  It will probably be cheaper and if not perfect, you could always get a dressmaker to transform it into the dress of your dreams!

Submitted by: Katie

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As the perfect green wedding gift, give native seedlings as wedding favours. That way the guests can go home and plant a tree for the environment and remember your special day as they watch it grow!

Before you head off on the biggest dress hunt of your life, have a think about what  might be right under your nose.

What did your mum or gran wear for their wedding? Is it still hanging around at the back of the wardrobe?

Even if styles have changed a little since those days (or not - it could have come full circle!), you could always get a dressmaker to 'refashion' it for you to your eco-chic spec.

Sadly, although I loved dressing up in it when I was about 8 (see pic!) I completely forgot to consider this option for my own wedding.

Don't suffer the same regrets, get digging in that wardrobe now. You can still do the great dress hunt afterwards - just to make sure you've covered all the options!

Check out the designers and dressmakers in our ethical bridalwear section, and see if they can refashion a dress for you...


Cut down on the carbon and take the train to your honeymoon destination...

Probably the one occasion when you can take your time on your travels!

Read about taking the train down to Spain on the Ethical Weddings blog.


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