For Conscious Couples
The Sustainable Wedding Alliance is a network of environmentally aware wedding businesses striving to make their businesses and the weddings they produce more sustainable.
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?
How important is sustainability to you and your wedding?
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Planning Blog for Conscious Couples
Is a question that we get asked a lot! And unfortunately there hasn't been an easy answer. So in April 2021 we launched our wedding sustainability surveys - one for couples and one for businesses.
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.
Ellie and Liv’s strives to be as environmentally friendly and sustainable as they can be. Ensuring the material, process and journey are all considered when designing and making your wedding stationery.
The Wonder Bar is a pop-up bar service operating in Wales, passionate about sustainability and serving drinks with the best quality ingredients. Find out more about why they started and what they're doing to protect our planet.
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.
Featherstone Flowers is nestled in the rolling Hampshire hills. A passion project of the owners, Jess and Katie are champions of sustainable growing and floristry techniques.
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.
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
The Sustainable Wedding Alliance’s mission is to drive change to create a more sustainable wedding industry. Raising awareness and tackling climate change and attitudes, by proactively encouraging businesses to develop future thinking strategies and make responsible decisions.
We believe that we are trustees of this planet and it’s our duty to not only make sure it survives but thrives. We respect not only the planet in our care but all those that walk on it.
As a purpose driven business, our values are such an important part of who we are and what we do.
We act with integrity at all times | We respect our planet and all that live on it | We promote collaboration over competition | We are open and honest in our communication | We embrace change, new ideas and approaches | We are continuously learning and improving | We empower our communities, giving them the confidence and support they need to thrive