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How to rock a low waste wedding

Being eco-friendly and aware of our own impact on our planet is something that many of us now focus on.

We look at how we travel, we look at how we shop and we look at how we cook and live our lives out at home.

One thing that you might not think can have an eco-aware overhaul is our wedding.

However, a low-waste wedding is definitely something that is possible and best of all, you don’t have to worry about your entire wedding looking cheap.

Want to know more?

Here are our top tips on how to rock a low waste wedding.

Try and source locally

There are a number of great reasons to source locally for your wedding as much as you can.

When you source locally you are not going to have to travel too far (which is great for lowering your fuel emissions) but you are also supporting a local business too, which always feels great.

You are also going to have food, drink or even flowers that are so much better quality, as you won’t have to worry about them being transported and whether or not they travel well.

Use recycled paper….or even better paper free!

It used to be the case that recycled paper didn’t quite have the most luxurious feel ever.

But over time, there have been more and more recycled options that feel as amazing as they look.

So, when it comes to organising and making your invitations, recycled paper might be the perfect option.

Even better, you could consider not sending a paper invitation at all, see what digital options are open to you, as this will save you sending any paper out at all.

Hire where you can

Of course it is a great feeling to find that you can buy some of the items that you need for your wedding, in bulk, at a low cost.

However, what will you do with all these items when you are done and dusted?

Throw them away?

Try and sell them on?

A much better idea is that you hire as much for your wedding as you can, not only will this mean that you are producing less waste, but you can also look locally too.

Try and encourage guests to be mindful of what they use during the day

The main focus of every wedding is to have a great time and celebrate the couple joining together, however, that doesn’t mean that your guests can’t be encouraged to try and think about what they are using during the day.

Use plates and cutlery that is bio-degradable and try and avoid things such as plastic straws for the drinks too.

You could even work this particular point into the wedding favours, with metal straws being a part of the gift that you give your guests.

Buy second-hand

Another great idea for low waste is to try your best to buy second-hand where you can for your big day.

This will cut down on the chance that the other person will then throw that item away, it will save you money and it will also help to cut down on waste too.

As you can see, there are a variety of ways that you can cut down on the waste for your wedding, all without having to worry about whether or not it is going to have an impact on the day that you have.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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