For Conscious Couples
What is the Sustainable Wedding Alliance?
Each year, there are approx. 278,599 weddings in UK, however this year, due to the postponements, it’s estimated to nearly double, to be 550,000+.
We know that the average wedding emits 14,500 kgCO2eq (or 14.5 tons CO2e), at least half of which could be reduced by making sensible, considered choices. Imagine, if we could reduce all wedding emissions by half… that’s a potential saving of 3,985,500 tons CO2e that’s the equivalent to taking 866,847 cars off the road for a year! Remaining emissions could then be offset, which, based on the average wedding, and the type of offset chosen, would be in the region of £500-£700. Have you thought about how you could make your wedding more environmentally friendly?
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Sustainable Wedding Alliance is the only directory of its kind. We are committed to helping couples plan sustainable weddings.
Bespoke Live is a SWA Accredited Music & Entertainment Agency that provides amazing musicians and bands for celebrations, parties and weddings across the UK and beyond.
SpinKreative is a SWA Accredited Wedding Photographer based in Hertfordshire in the East of England whose style is a mix of relaxed, candid and reportage.
The Green Aisle is a family run business offering pre-loved and ex sample wedding, bridesmaid and prom dresses and bridal accessories located in Yorkshire and the North East.
Sustainable weddings are becoming increasingly popular as couples look for ways to reduce their environmental impact. In this article we explore the ways to plan a sustainable wedding without sacrificing style.
Planning a sustainable wedding in 2023 is not without its challenges, but by following the advice outlined in this article, you can minimise your wedding's impact on the environment.
Claudia at Greenfox Bakery is a wedding cake designer based in South London that specialises in buttercream wedding cakes. Claudia is also the first cake maker in the whole of the UK to gain the Sustainable Wedding Alliance Accreditation.
The Sustainable Wedding Alliance accreditation promotes sustainability in weddings, offering couples eco-friendly wedding businesses for a meaningful and conscious wedding experience.
If you want to give a wedding gift that will mean more than just ticking something off of a list, then these 5 sustainable wedding gifts for conscious couples will give you some great inspiration.
Set amongst Oxford’s dreaming spires, the Ashmolean Museum is a magnificent venue for a wedding, civil partnership or celebration. The neo-classical architecture, iconic entrance, grand sweeping staircases and opulent galleries offer stunning and romantic backdrops.
Jacqui O is an awarding winning luxury wedding and event floral brand, with beautiful flowers at its heart, pleasuring the senses with the sweetest fragrances, tantalising textures and mesmerising arrangements.
Oxford Fine Dining are extremely proud of the trusted reputation they have gained over the past decade and are very privileged to have been given the opportunity to cater at some of Oxford’s most esteemed and prestigious venues and have an extensive and impressive portfolio of weddings.
Libby Clark has been a Wiltshire Family & Wedding Photographer since 2010 and runs her business from her home in a little village near Salisbury, Wiltshire. Very aware of the environmental impact her business creates, Libby takes steps to be as sustainable as possible.
When starting your wedding planning one of your first tasks is likely to be drawing up a shortlist of wedding venues to view. If you'd like to have a sustainable wedding, it's also the first opportunity you have to make a positive impact.
Worried about the impact on the planet with your wedding flowers? Here are some sustainable alternatives…
Are you worried about the impact on the planet your wedding flowers may have? Want to understand what you can do to have a positive impact or what alternatives are available?
The Nature Conservation Tours, which will run every September to March, will be led by owner Rory Fyfe, who currently lives on the farm and launched the ‘Rewilding Kinkell’. The tour will explain the reasons why rewilding is so important and how it will benefit the land.
Sustainability is an important focus for the business, which offers a “weddings for the wild” package, including caterers who use locally sourced food and florists who grow their own native flowers locally. The venue suggests several ways to reduce waste and offers means of offsetting the carbon footprint of weddings.
Rebecca creates natural, effortless wedding flowers across Kent and the South East.
Favours aren’t a must have at a wedding, but are a great way to say a little thank you to your guests for joining you on your big day. Making them edible means they’re practical and can eco-friendly too. We know from experience, edible goodies rarely get left behind! Whether it’s s quick treat for now or to take home, they tend to go down a storm.
When planning a sustainable wedding, the timeline is one of the first things you should think about. Although it seems like some time in the distance, an on the day timeline will likely influence many other aspects of your day. Ensuring that you are making the most of your season, is key to having a sustainable wedding.
Sustainable wedding planning has, in the past, was seen as quite niche, but the world is changing! Our 2022 survey told us that 90% couples consider sustainability when planning their wedding. And that number is only going to increase as couples, like you, become more aware of their impact on our planet. So where do you start if you want to have a sustainable, environmentally friendly wedding?
Without doubt the most sustainable way to plan a wedding - Think about your favourite foods, when local produce is in abundance, flowers are looking their best, how much day light there is...
Mercedes, a qualified venue stylist and founder of 4YaParty prides herself on having great customer service and high attention to detail. Based in Bexley on the South London and Kent border, 4YaParty is a venue styling and prop hire company with sustainability at the core of everything they do.
Planning a wedding can leave you feeling overwhelmed, particularly if you are environmentally conscious and but you’re not alone. In this article we look at what eco-anxiety is and what you can do if you have it.
For many years natural, biodegradable confetti has been the only type of confetti allowed at many wedding venues. As with much of the wedding planning process we know that it's probably something you've never typed into a search directory before... and probably wont again.
This month's featured member is Sian from Amethyst Weddings is a vegan, sustainable wedding expert based in Hampshire who has won the PETA Vegan Wedding Award for the ‘Best Wedding Planning Service’.
We recently ran a survey on couples that are planning their wedding, or recently married to find out how important sustainability was to them. And the results speak for themselves...
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture is a charity that works to drive the recovery of nature across Scotland through rewilding. 'Weddings for the Wild' brings you and your guests closer to rewilding, allowing the big day to contribute to the transformational recovery of nature.
Less than 2 hours from London and set in beautiful West Berkshire countryside with stunning views and spectacular scenery, Sheepdrove is a venue like no other and exclusive to anyone that has a wedding there.
When we say unnecessaries, we're talking about all those little things, all the elements that are nice to have, but when you look at the waste and cost (both financially and to the planet) aren't truly necessary.
Congratulations to Hayne House Wedding Venue, our first accredited member. Hayne House have been working hard to make the venue more sustainable. Reviewing their waste, removing single use plastic and joining the Race to Zero campaign.
Event Cycle: Saving leftover event items from landfill and creating a positive impact in the process
Event Cycle was created to tackle the problem of single-use items at events and weddings across the UK, preventing things being sent to landfill, ensuring they have a life after your wedding.
Sustainable fashion is about slowing down the process, looking at all the elements that go into making a garment, and considering the environmental and social impact of the end product. But where do you start when looking for a sustainable wedding dress?
Kate Atkinson, Founder of Bridal Reloved and Sustainable Wedding Alliance Ambassador tell us how buying a wedding dress can be sustainable.
Planning a sustainable wedding
“Organising a wedding is hard enough, I don’t want to feel bad about creating unnecessary waste or harming the environment! I want my wedding to be a positive experience for everyone so I’m doing my best to make it sustainable as possible.” Abena Poku-Awuah