Sustainable Wedding Alliance

Membership

By choosing to become a member of the Sustainable Wedding Alliance you’re making a meaningful investment in your business’s sustainable future.

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Why become a member?

By joining the Sustainable Wedding Alliance, we give you the resources to help you to reduce your environmental impact, put sustainable, long term strategies in place and promote your green credentials to your customers.

Being a sustainable, ethical business, gives you the competitive advantage when it comes to conscious couples looking for their wedding suppliers.

We predict that within the next 5 years, businesses across the hospitality sector will be required by law to work in a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way. By reducing your impact now, you are getting ahead of any enforced requirements, creating your own sustainability policy that works for your business.

We take away the stress and confusion of working out what environmental practices are best for your business, provide you with advice and support and keep you up to date with the latest sustainable initiatives from within the wedding industry and beyond.

We can help you to build a business that you’re proud of. One that has sustainability at its core.

What’s included in the membership?

As part of your Sustainable Wedding Alliance membership, you will receive an in depth assessment on your business’s sustainability processes and procedures.

Once we have compiled the results, we will review your personalised action plan with you, and where appropriate, advise any areas where enhancements could be made.

You will also have access to our members area, which contains a wealth of information: a library of resources for you to download and use, a supplier directory of sustainable venues and suppliers, and access to networking events – both online and in person. You can login to the members area anytime, with fresh new content added every month.

Membership also includes accreditation, for those businesses who achieve a minimum standard. When you become accredited you will be permitted to use the Sustainable Wedding Alliance accreditation badge on your website, social media and marketing materials.

Accredited businesses will be reassessed annually and required to meet the minimum standard to maintain their status.

Membership benefits

  • In depth sustainability assessment with personalised action plan
  • A growing resource library with practical templates, checklists and guides
  • A monthly topic focus area with tutorials and support
  • Once accredited, entry into the Sustainable Wedding Directory which includes a backlink to your website
  • Local and national networking events – both online and in person
  • Monthly training sessions on topics suggested by members
  • Monthly members call
  • Guest expert training sessions on specialised topics
  • Directory listing on partner directory Green Union
  • Access to the team to ask questions, seek support and get support from the other members!

In addition to the above benefits, we also plant trees on behalf of every new member, and fund CO2 reduction projects.

How much is membership?

Membership fees vary depending on the size of a business. This is due to the differing requirements of the sustainability assessment for small, medium and larger businesses.

Sole trader £300 a year / £25 a month (that’s less than 90p a day!)

Small business (up to 10 employees) £360 a year / £30 a month

Medium business (up to 25 employees)  £420 a year / £35 a month

Large business (25+ employees) £480 a year / £40 a month

Venue £600 a year / £50 a month

If you’re part of a venue group, please contact us for a combined membership rate.

Once accredited, the annual cost is reduced by 25%. You will continue to receive all the member benefits and an annual review, action plan and ongoing support from the Sustainable Wedding Alliance team.

All memberships are for a 12 month period. There is no VAT charged as we are not VAT registered. 

Ready to become a member?

Complete the form below to become a member of the Sustainable Wedding Alliance.

 

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Sustainable Wedding Alliance

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”

Albert Einstein

So much more than a membership

Be part of a community proud to be driving sustainability in the wedding industry.

Guest Experts

We host regular masterclasses with experts from different areas of the business community. Each brings a different perspective on sustainability, helping you to think about new ways of developing your own business in a sustainable way. 

Building a Better Future

We’re working towards a common goal of a more sustainable, ethical wedding industry. By joining the Sustainable Wedding Alliance you’re taking a meaningful step towards a better future for your people, the planet and profit.

Regular Meet Ups

We plan to host regular meet up events across the country. Of course, if in person events aren’t permitted, then we’ll move them online. Meet Ups will include a guest speaker, networking and seasonal treats.

Frequently asked questions

Feel free to get in touch if you have a question that isn’t answered here. 

I don't know anything about sustainability - will I understand the trainings?

Yes, absolutely. The trainings and resources are developed for businesses early on in their journey. We avoid using jargon, explain terms in full and welcome questions.

As part of the business assessment we will discuss where you are in your sustainable journey and what help and support you need in order to complete your action plan.

I've already started sustainable making changes, can you still help me?

Yes absolutely, the aim of the assessment process it to find out where you are on your sustainable journey, and where you want to get to. From that we will create an action plan specific your business to help you achieve your sustainable goals.

How do I access the resources library, templates and trainings?

All resources are available 24/7 in the members area. When you become a member you will be emailed your login details. We will notify you when there is new content loaded into the members area too.

Do I get a badge for my website?

Once a business has completed their action plan, they can shout about their sustainable credentials through the use of the Sustainable Wedding Alliance accreditation badge and certificate. This accreditation is based on the business reaching a minimum level within the assessment.

The badge is for use only by accredited members, and is reviewed annually.

How do I become accredited?

As part of your membership, you will receive an in depth assessment on your business’s sustainability processes and procedures. We will then send you a personalised action plan for you to work through.

Once you have completed the action plan, you can shout about your sustainable credentials through the use of the Sustainable Wedding Alliance accreditation badge and certificate. The accreditation is based on the business reaching a minimum level within the assessment.

We will also announce your accreditation on social media.

How long will it be before I'm accredited?

There is no fixed time frame. If you’re able to invest time into making your business more sustainable then it can be a quick process.

If you are already working sustainably it’s likely that during the assessment you will be able to evidence your processes and therefore receive accreditation immediately.

I'm not the business owner, can I still become a member?

Yes, as it’s the business that becomes a member and not the individual.

When completing the assessment we will need to review many internal business documents, so the owner will need to have given permission for us to do that.

Will I have time for it all?

Good question! We know that time is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to managing a business.

As part of the membership we will complete an in depth assessment on the business and give you a personalised action plan to work through. We suggest using that as your planning tool. Choose one section per week or month, depending on how much time you can dedicate to it. That way you can work out how long it will take you to complete the actions and become accredited.

As the content is always available in the members area, there is no rush, you can go at your pace. Content is regularly updated and you will be notified when new resources have been added.

How do you promote your members?

All members are included on the members directory within the members area. Members that have received their Sustainable Wedding Alliance accreditation are also included on the For Conscious Couples directory and  planning blog.

Once you become accredited, we will congratulate you on social media.

As part of your membership you will also receive a complimentary basic listing on Green Union, a wedding director and blog for conscious couples.

What does the sustainability assessment include?

The assessment can be completed either in person or online and usually takes around half a day.

We look in detail at what sustainability means in the context of your business, what you are currently doing and what you need to put in place in order to meet your objectives.

How much is membership?

Membership fees vary depending on the size of a business. This is due to the differing requirements of the sustainability assessment for small, medium and larger businesses.

Sole trader £300 a year / £25 a month

Small business (up to 10 employees) £360 / £30 a month

Medium business (up to 25 employees)  £420 / £35 a month

Large business (25+ employees) £480 / £40 a month

Venue £600 year / £50 a month

Once accredited, the annual cost is reduced by 25%.

In addition to the above benefits, we also plant trees on behalf of every new member, and fund CO2 reduction projects.

All memberships have a minimum one year commitment.

There is no VAT charged as we are not VAT registered.

Is it possible to pay monthly rather than annually?

Yes, during the set-up process you can choose to pay monthly or annually. All memberships are for a 12 month period.

Do you have a code of conduct, and what is it?

Yes, we do have a code of conduct to ensure that we act with integrity and honesty at all times, and expect all partners, sponsors and members to do the same.

  • I/We respond to all questions and enquiries within 48 hours.
  • I/We respect client confidentiality.
  • I/We are fully transparent and always honest.
  • I/We respect copyright from fellow professionals.
  • My/Our business is free from discrimination and encourages diversity, equality and inclusivity.
  • My/Our business insurance is up to date.
  • I/We always do the best job I/we possibly can.
Do you offer any discounts?

As an ethical business, we don’t agree with pressurised sales or promotions, as we’re committed to providing you with the very best value we can, all the time.

Are you ready to make your business more sustainable?

We are passionate about creating a more sustainable wedding industry through education, support and accreditation. We work with businesses, like yours, to create long term sustainable strategies that you can implement yourself, or with our support.