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Top Tips for A Greener Wedding

Typically most wedding days aren’t the most eco friendly event with a huge amount of food waste, thrown away décor, a carbon footprint from guest travel, plastic packaging use and a dress worn just the once. Having a green wedding doesn’t mean you have to wed in a barn or only invite 10 guests, it just means taking a moment to source sustainable and eco-friendly items, often saving you a bit of money and giving your guests some food for thought. Whether you want a green Wedding from start to finish or just some eco-friendly elements, hopefully these tips should give some inspiration.

The Venue:

Your venue choice is possibly the biggest decision a bride and groom can make and incorporating eco-friendly to your criteria can be hard. Choose a local venue – by doing this you’re reducing the carbon footprint of the couple, suppliers and guests travel. If local isn’t for you then try a sustainable venue: barns and farms are considered a typical option for an eco-wedding, but manors and castles, which have all the facilities of a wedding waiting for you, are also an option. Having a good sit down with your venue to find out their best practices with regards food, wines and suppliers, will help you decide if they share your greener vision.

Favours:

DIY favours are very popular at the moment. Some popular ideas are baked goods, making your own jam (gifted in reused jars), handmade soap and bags of confetti made from dried petals. To inspire those green fingers at your wedding why not consider small potted plants that can double-up as place stings or have wildflower seeds as wedding favours which can be bought in bulk or purchased from charities such as the RSPB. This not only saves money but also helps the environment, saving the bees and aids a charity! It’s a win win! There are so many DIY green Wedding favour ideas, all you need is a little imagination.

Outfits:

When it comes to outfits, taking the greener route can shave a large portion off the more traditional larger budget item. Hiring suits and sourcing a vintage/secondhand dress will save you sometimes thousands and is a big benefit to the environment. There are so many vintage stores that sell designer dresses at great prices. Oxfam have 12 dedicated bridal shops across the country which are worth a visit. If vintage isn’t for you then purchasing a dress from an ethical designer can be another eco element to the special day.

Here are some recommended vintage wedding dress websites-

https://www.rockmyvintage.co.uk/dresses/wedding-guest-dresses.htm

https://www.prettyeccentric.co.uk/glamorous-wedding-guests-t737

https://www.unique-vintage.com/collections/wedding-guest-attire

https://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/bridal/wedding-dresses

https://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-bridal-departments

Paper:

Cutting back on paper consumption for your wedding would make a huge difference! Here at Cute Maps we offer a Save The Date Email, this saves paper going out to all your guests and still has that wedding flair. Cutting back on paper and wastage is just a general rule of thumb to save you money, time and the environment!

Food:

Go Vegetarian! It is increasingly popular in our western society to go vegetarian or vegan so why not please those guests and educate others on the delicious delights of those lifestyles. It can saves you a lot of money sparing your caterer expensive meat purchases and beef is one of the biggest contributors to climate change so even choosing an alternative meat ca make a difference. Furthermore, avoid disposable dinnerware and organic and vegan bakeries are forever increasing their wedding cake offers.

Transport:

A great way to save on transport is stick to a single venue if going for a civil ceremony or to select venues within close proximity and walk! Walking from your Vows to your reception is a great way to mingle and chat with the guests and can really make the whole day! Another way to save on burning fuel is to book a coach for transport for your guests, a double decker bus can be done up with your own special twist.

There are so many ways you can have a green Wedding day, whether it’s start to finish green or just a couple of these elements to help reduce, reuse and recycle!

Photo Credits:

The Venue/picture 1 – https://www.theconsciousbride.co.uk/blog/kate-and-tim-eco-friendly-wedding

The Venue/ picture 2- https://thecluedupbride.co.uk/environmentally-eco-friendly-festival-wedding-inspiration/

Favours/ picture 1- https://www.pinterest.es/pin/302163456233229366/?lp=true

Favours/ picture 2- https://earth911.com/living-well-being/events-entertainement/green-wedding-favors/

Favours/ picture 3- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/682717624735791707/?lp=true

Outfits/ picture 1- https://www.dhgate.com/product/1950s-vintage-ankle-length-wedding-dresses/388413852.html

Outfits/ picture 2- https://fashionetter.com/2017/09/09/68-vintage-wedding-dress-inspired/

Outfits/ picture 3- https://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/autumnal-styling-for-grooms/

Food/ picture 1- https://www.classicweddinginvitation.com/blog/organize-vegan-wedding/vegan-wedding-food/

Food/ picture 2- https://www.weddingbee.com/ceremony-and-reception/how-to-plan-a-vegetarian-wedding-reception-meal/

Transport/ picture 1- https://www.yorkpullmanbus.co.uk/weddings

Transport/ picture 2- http://www.centreforstewardship.org.uk/wedding-walk/

Transport/ picture 3- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/189854940514384872/?lp=true

Castle Weddings

A castle wedding isn’t just for those wanna be princess’, but some may believe it’s living the fairytale! Whether you fancy a grand banqueting hall, stunning gardens, towering turrets or a four poster bed luckily we have an abundance of choice of castles in all regions of the UK to suit your every whim. If you aren’t already convinced, check out these stunning castle venues that might change your mind.

Thornbury Castle, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, England This venue is perfect for any traditional wedding with its medieval architecture, stunning Tudor Hall and award-winning food. Tie the knot beside battlements in their perfectly manicured gardens or inside in their beautiful Tudor hall.

Thornbury Castle holds up to 50 guests (120 in marquee) and sleeps up to 50 guests in 28 rooms.

Belle Isle Castle, Co.Fermanagh, Ireland This Castle wedding venue is located on its own enchanted private island. Having a wedding here would be a dream come true, completely secluded from society to just enjoy your special day with those you love. Belle Isle Castle caters for up to 65 guests (200 in marquee) and sleeps 26 guests in 13 rooms.

Whitstable Castle, Whitstable, England A wedding at Whitstable Castle means exclusive use of the castle which is set in stunning landscaped grounds just 200m from Tankerton beach and historic Whitstable harbour. Whitstable Castle caters for up to 52 guests (120 in marquees or sun terrace)

Melville Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland Melville Castle is located 7 miles outside of the stunning city of Edinburgh and secluded in a 50 acre estate. Complete with a grand façade and cute turrets, Melville is a popular choice. Most entertaining involves their beautiful state rooms and elegant ballroom. Melville Castle caters for up to 110 guests (250 in a marquee) and sleeps up to 72 guests in 33 rooms.

Craig-y-Nos Castle, Brecon Road, Swansea, Wales Craig-y-Nos Castle is nestled in the heart of the exquisite countryside of the Welsh Brecon Beacons. Once home to a famous opera singer in the 19th Century, her stamp can be seen in the opulent décor. The conservatory also offers a beautiful setting for the big day. Craig-y-nos caters for up to 50 guests (higher capacity at night)

Photo creds:

Thornbury castle couple- https://www.thornburycastle.co.uk/wedding-venue-gloucestershire

Thornbury Castle- https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thornbury-castle-honeymoon-spot-henry-viii-and-anne-boleyn-sale-103-million-180962523/

Belle Isle Caste- https://www.celticcastles.com/castle-blog/weddings-at-belle-isle-castle-2016/

Belle Isle Castle couple- https://belle-isle.com/

Whitstable Castle- http://www.whitstablecastle.co.uk/castle-wedding-package

Whitstable Castle couple- http://whitstablecastle.co.uk/gallery

Mellville Castle couple- https://melvillecastle.com/

Mellville Castle- https://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/melville-castle.en-gb.html

Craig-y-nos castle- https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/craig-y-nos-castle-hotel_3262.htm

Craig-y-nos castle couple- https://www.craigynoscastleweddings.com/  

U.K Coastal Wedding Venues

What is more romantic than a wedding with a stunning coastal backdrop; and what’s more satisfying than a beach wedding without the expense of a wedding abroad. No matter where you are in the UK your dream coastal wedding venue could be closer than you think.

Newton Hall- Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland

This venue caters for receptions on the beach, food in the sand dunes and you can even wed on the stunning Northumberland shoreline. Newton Hall also offers other outside options including atop a hill, on a terrace a stunning and a a rustic and equally impressive garden suite as an inside setting.

Newton Hall has a capacity of 150 ceremony guests and 250 for evening celebrations.

For more information visit their website- https://newton-hall.com/weddings/

Harvest Moon- Tyninghame, East Lothian, Scotland

Harvest moon is an adorable beach wedding venue nestled behind the dunes of the sweeping East Lothian coastline and offers a truly unique beach wedding experience together with guest accommodation in their several treehouses and glamping tents. If getting sand in your toes isn’t for you their treehouse venue allows for the perfect coastal backdrop instead.

Harvest moon can cater for weddings from 50 – 200+

For more information visit their website- http://www.harvestmoonweddings.co.uk/

Sandbanks Hotel- Poole, Dorset

Sandbank Hotel offers an amazing circular Compass Suite or alfresco terrace for your wedding celebration overlooking the golden sands of Dorset’s coastline. Guests can also enjoy authentic Asian cuisine cooked on-site in a dedicated Chinese kitchen.

The compass suit accommodates for 100 guests during the day and 150 in the evening.

For more information visit their website- https://www.fjbhotels.co.uk/sandbanks-hotel/weddings/

Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe, Devon

Tunnels Beaches is hidden away on its own private cove in the Devonshire cliffs. Completely secluded from the public this venue gives any wedding that touch of privacy. Couples can choose from a beautiful roof terrace, a contemporary function room or a gazebo overlooking the shores of the private beach.

Tunnels beaches can cater for 88 people in the day and 130 in the evening.

For more information visit their website- http://www.tunnelsbeaches.co.uk/weddings.html

East Quay, Whitstable

This stunning location offers a stunning beach wedding venue full of character located at the end of East Quays harbour, overlooking the pebbly beach. Couples can choose from a mezzanine function room with sea views that caters for 100 guests or a downstairs licensed ceremony area with a dance floor for up to 70 guests. The openness of the venue allows for guests and the happy couple to wander from the venue onto the beach with ease.

For more information visit their website- https://www.eqvenue.com/venue/weddings/

 

Newton Hall- https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g2526686-d7288527-Reviews-Newton_Hall-Newton_by_the_Sea_Alnwick_Northumberland_England.html

Harvest Moon- https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/harvest-moon_6683.htm

Sandbanks Hotel- https://www.coastmagazine.co.uk/content/top-12-weddings-sea

Tunnels Beaches- http://www.mattfryer.co.uk/wedding-photography/north-devon-wedding-photography-tunnels-beach-wedding-venue/

East Quay- https://www.eqvenue.com/gallery/