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Becoming a Sustainable Wedding Supplier

Becoming a sustainable wedding supplier is a choice that has so many benefits for your business that go well beyond the impact on the planet. If you have been thinking about becoming a sustainable wedding supplier but don’t know where to start, or what you should be focussing on, then that is where the Sustainable Wedding Alliance can help. We’ve created the Conscious Vault, a series of articles and guides to help you navigate the world of sustainability and find the right path for you and your business. Explore the latest from the creative team below, and get in touch if you would like to collaborate with us to share your conscious wedding supplier journey.

The latest from the Conscious Vault

A wedding suppliers guide to introducing sustainability into your business
A wedding suppliers guide to introducing sustainability into your business

If you are a wedding supplier looking to introduce sustainable practises into your business, then this is the guide for you. With more couples putting sustainability as a priority when planning their wedding celebration, 2023 is definitely the year to think about your ethical credentials.

How to make your wedding venue more sustainable
How to make your wedding venue more sustainable

Sustainability is becoming a real priority for conscious couples in 2023, so if you’ve been wondering how to make your wedding venue more sustainable, this guide will give you the definitive list of considerations that will benefit your business and the planet.

5 quick ways to make weddings more sustainable without sacrificing your couples experience
5 quick ways to make weddings more sustainable without sacrificing your couples experience

If you want to introduce sustainability to your couples as a wedding supplier, then these five quick ways to make weddings more sustainable without sacrificing your couples experience are a great place to start.

The key sustainability trends in 2023 that every wedding supplier needs on their radar
The key sustainability trends in 2023 that every wedding supplier needs on their radar

More and more couples are looking to make sustainable choices when it comes to their wedding celebration, so were put together the key sustainability trends in 2023 that every wedding supplier needs on their radar, so that you can help your couples – and the planet too!

What is net zero and how do you achieve it?
What is net zero and how do you achieve it?

We’ve all heard the term net zero, but what exactly does it mean? Put simply, net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere.

What can you do to save water at work?
What can you do to save water at work?

Water is probably our most valuable natural resource. The average wastage of water per person is over 1,000 litres a week! Scaling this up to your business could mean thousands of litres of water is being wasted. We explore what can you do to reduce your water consumption.

What is biodiversity and how does it affect you and your business?
What is biodiversity and how does it affect you and your business?

It's a word that we have all become increasingly aware of, but what does it mean and how does it affect you and your business?

Celebrate our Guardians of Grub during Food Waste Action Week 2022
Celebrate our Guardians of Grub during Food Waste Action Week 2022

Hospitality and food service professionals can save food, money and the planet by keeping food from being wasted this March. Be part of #lovefoodhatewaste week 7-13th March 2022

What is a sustainability policy and does my business need one?
What is a sustainability policy and does my business need one?

A Sustainability Policy outlines your commitment towards ethical and environmental practices and procedures within your business. But where do you start when creating one?

Time to talk food waste and what to do about it
Time to talk food waste and what to do about it

If you’ve not heard of Guardians of Grub yet, you soon will. It’s the latest initiative from the people behind Love Food Hate Waste, that’s helping the Hospitality and Food Service industry tackle the £3.2billion of wasted food we chuck into the bin every year.

Is your comms strategy ready for the new Green Claims Code?
Is your comms strategy ready for the new Green Claims Code?

Businesses making claims about their sustainability will have to provide more transparency to avoid greenwashing, as new ‘Green Claims’ guidance comes into force in January. The Competitions & Markets Authority (CMA) has ...

How can you make your small business more sustainable?
How can you make your small business more sustainable?

Understand what you can do to have a positive impact on the environment. It's not just about saving the planet, it's great for your brand reputation and bottom line too!

Speakers for the Sustainable Wedding Summit 2021 announced
Speakers for the Sustainable Wedding Summit 2021 announced

Join us for the first Sustainable Wedding Summit on Thursday 6th May and find out what you can do to make your business more sustainable. The event will be taking place virtually with speakers and live Q&A.

What is Earth Day and how can you be part of the change?
What is Earth Day and how can you be part of the change?

On 22nd April we celebrate Earth Day. This year, the theme is "Restore our Earth". Earth Day events will be taking place online, across the world, with up to 1 billion people getting involved across more than 190 nations.

What is Sustainability?
What is Sustainability?

Sustainability can mean different things to different people, but in the context of your business, what does it mean to you? To develop a sustainable business you need to think about meeting your current business and clients needs, whilst protecting the environment and resources for the future. 

What can we do to tackle food waste in the wedding industry?
What can we do to tackle food waste in the wedding industry?

For the majority of weddings, after travel, food waste is the one of the highest contributors to GHG. But what can we do to reduce food waste in the industry? #GuardiansOfGrub #LoveFoodHateWaste

Be a business with sustainability at it’s heart

Ethical Foundations

By becoming a sustainable wedding supplier you will build ethical foundations in your business which have significant brand benefits which transcend just the planet saving considerations. You will work with ethics in your supply chain, you’ll develop policies and processes which take into account the community and your team and you will create a foundation for your brand that will attract and convert your ideal clients, allowing for consistent business growth.

 

Green Practices

It is time for wedding suppliers to think beyond just ditching the plastic. At the Sustainable Wedding Alliance we support members with adopting green practices through a thorough framework that takes into account all of the touchpoints of your business and the impact that you have on the environment. By becoming a sustainable wedding supplier you will be able to adopt green practices into your business that are sustainable for you as well as the planet. We are business owners ourselves and understand the need to balance purpose, profit and the planet. It is journey that your business needs to go on, not a tick box exercise and that is where our passion lies – supporting you with that journey.

 

Special Experiences

Sustainable weddings don’t have to mean compromise! We know that to attract your ideal clients you need to create those incredible experiences for your couples, and there is so much opportunity within the sustainable space to do just that. There needs to be a mindset shift in the wedding industry that sustainable equals boho or rustic styling, it absolutely does not. Sustainable weddings are about making conscious choices, and look and feel just the same… if not better due to the feel good factor the couples and their guests will have for being planet positive. By becoming a sustainable wedding supplier that builds those ethical foundations and environmentally friendly practices, you can still create show stopping experiences for your couples that bring to life their wedding aspirations – and you can do it without creating the carbon impact that non-sustainable practices may generate.

 

Business Growth

With over 90% of couples saying that sustainability is a factor they consider when choosing who they work with for their wedding, becoming a sustainable wedding supplier represents an opportunity for business growth in a very saturated sector. By developing your ethical credentials and building your brand around greener practices, you will be able to carve out a unique niche that will attract new clients and create raving fans for your brand for years to come.

What our members say…

“The Sustainable Wedding Alliance have completely changed my business.  I became a sustainable wedding supplier in 2019 but had only just scratched the surface until I became an SWA member in December 2021.  They have taught me to dig deep down into my business processes and pin point every aspect of where I can improve my sustainability with a fine tooth comb and I’m not only a better business woman but a better person because of it. I have learned how to communicate my efforts without Greenwashing and make changes that will not only be good for the environment and the world around us but good for business too.

 

The community that SWA have built means that I always have colleagues with a similar ethos to myself to bounce ideas off, celebrate our wins and speak candidly about the times when things don’t go to plan! They’ve built a safe space where you aren’t judged or penalised but educated and encouraged.

 

The support from the SWA team is second to none. Always at the end of a zoom call or email and always prepared to answer our questions or help us with research. Taking time to support us with our action plans or just catching up with our community.

 

I am very grateful for the Sustainable Wedding Alliance and honoured to be a member. I can’t wait to see what they will be able to achieve in the Wedding Industry once they’re completely global. So exciting that I get to be a small part of it. The Sustainable Wedding Alliance is the platform that the Wedding Industry needs right now, all over the world.”  Mercedes, 4YaParty Weddings and Events