If you are wanting your wedding to be eco-friendly there are many changes you can make and ideas you can incorporate within your special day to be eco-conscious and to reduce your event’s effect on the environment.
The process of planning an eco-friendly wedding does not have to be a difficult process, especially with the many alternative options that venues have to offer. There’s a huge market for eco-conscious wedding decorations and wedding favours for you to include on your special day, from digital invitations to sustainable catering so you won’t be short on ideas or options!
You can even make the whole wedding planning process green, buy a recycled wedding dress, responsibly sourced wedding bands, or use an eco-friendly venue such as Milton Hill House.
5 Eco Friendly Wedding Ideas
If you are looking to throw an eco friendly celebration and are struggling to incorporate green practices within your wedding, then discover our 5 eco-friendly wedding ideas that are guaranteed to inspire you for your big day.
1. Eco-Friendly Invitations
Wedding invitations are one of the biggest wastes of paper when it comes to making your event green. Digital events have become increasingly popular through social media events or email invites.
There are many steps you can take to ensure your event is eco friendly, this can be as simple as using alternative materials for your invites such as recycled paper. Your guests are guaranteed to be wowed whatever green alternative you choose to ensure your event is as eco-conscious as can be.
2. Choose an Eco-Friendly Wedding Venue
Choosing your wedding venue is the first step you will make when planning your eco-friendly event. Your eco-friendly wedding venue will determine the size, style and theme of your special day and will help you to decide what eco-conscious steps you are going to take.
Choosing a wedding venue that takes sustainability seriously is a great step into throwing an eco-conscious wedding. This will also encourage your guests to incorporate green practices within their lifestyles.
Many eco-friendly wedding venues incorporate green practices within their venue such as ethical sourcing, zero waste, plant-forward menus, using fresh and seasonal products, and many other practices to protect the planet. Selecting the right eco-friendly event will enhance your guest’s experience.
Many eco-friendly wedding venues such as Milton Hill House have to offer wonderful outdoor gardens allowing the bride, groom, family and friends to take unforgettable photographs with beautiful backdrops.
3. Outdoor Wedding Venues
An outdoor wedding venue is a great way to be at one with nature on your wedding day, picturesque gardens, beautiful greenery, and rolling hills is guaranteed to be a huge hit with your guests. Not only are outdoor wedding venues ideal throughout the summer period, but they also take a huge cut back on the amount of lighting you’ll use thanks to the wonderful sunshine and natural lighting resulting in beautiful photographs.
Our outdoor wedding venue at Milton Hill House encourages eco-friendly practices through all of our events, choose our luxury outdoor wedding venue in the Oxfordshire countryside with 22 acres of tranquil parkland, being the perfect location for your eco-friendly wedding.
4. Food for Thought
Have you thought about your wedding food yet? This is a really easy area of your wedding where you can improve the sustainability of your wedding. Things to look out for from your caterer include using seasonal produce and local where possible, red tractor assured meat ensures traceable, safe and farmed with care standards on produce.
Other questions for your venue or caterer should focus on if they try to avoid food waste, do they offer plant-forward menus with alternative meat options to reduce emissions associated with meat consumption?
If you plan to have a buffet, discuss with your venue whether they are providing disposable cutlery and plates and whether these are recyclable or compostable, it’s simple steps like this that you can make to ensure a more sustainable wedding.
The best thing you can do is talk to your caterer or the venue’s chef to learn more about their suppliers and their locally sourced produce to take a great step towards ensuring your wedding is eco friendly.
One of the many sustainable wedding practices at Milton Hill House is our ‘Menu for Change’ initiative. Find out more about our Future First Charter as we work towards a more sustainable events industry within our venue.
5. Plan an Eco-Conscious Honeymoon
It is a very popular choice for couples to celebrate tying the knot by going abroad for their honeymoon. If you are looking for a lower budget honeymoon and would like to celebrate by going on a mini-moon then there are plenty of wonderful places within the UK to visit, such as the Lake District and The Cotswolds. If you are looking for a spot not far from the city, and amongst the beautiful countryside, Milton Hill House is only an hour’s drive to the Cotworld and borders North Wessex Downs allowing you and your partner to admire the outstanding natural beauty of Oxford, as well as being just a short distance away from central Oxford.
Milton Hill House offers the perfect eco-conscious honeymoon venue with fantastic facilities and accommodation with local attractions for you and your partner to indulge in. Not only are the wonderful countryside parks a huge show stopper, but admiring the historic buildings such as Oxford Castle are guaranteed to be a massive hit too.
Planning Your Eco-Friendly Wedding
Our 5 simple steps should help you begin planning your eco friendly wedding, many venues also offer expert Wedding Planners who can help to ensure you’re ticking all of your eco boxes. From handcrafting your own wedding decorations and wedding favours to baking sustainable wedding cakes and decorating with fresh cut flowers, there are a wide variety of ways to adapt elements of your special day to ensure it is more eco-conscious.
Sustainable Wedding Venue at Milton Hill House
Milton Hill House not only offer our ‘Menus for Change’ but our wedding venue offers many eco-conscious options to ensure that every element of your wedding day offers sustainable options.
Our venue believes in recycling and reusing packaging where possible and producing zero waste as well as using fresh and seasonal products, offering plant-forward menus, and providing ethical sourcing.
Milton Hill House is constantly growing to adapt to new environmentally-friendly measures by offering an eco-conscious space for guests to support the wellbeing of our planet. Our wedding venue ensures to operate a social purpose framework to make sure the impact we have on the world around us is a positive one, allowing those who wish to celebrate and host events can in an eco-friendly environment.
If you would like to find out more information on how our wedding venue can help you deliver eco-friendly practices for your special day, then please do get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.