HOW TO DO A SUSTAINABLE WEDDING LOVE TIPIS STYLE
You don’t have to be a tree hugger to love the planet; And you don’t have to be vegan to be environmentally aware. But if you’re choosing to get hitched in one of our stunning tipis, you are more than likely to be in touch with nature, want to preserve the natural surroundings and leave no trace after your big day.
Thankfully there are plenty of ways for an eco-friendly wedding, and by choosing something sustainable, you can make all the difference for generations to come, as well as impressing your guests with your ingenuity.
SAY YES TO THE DRESS
Don’t blow your budget on a dress you are never likely to wear again. Check out the good as new vintage or pre-loved dresses for something totally unique. Share the love! And no-one need ever know..unless you want them to!
It’s the old cliché for nature lovers, but why not plant a tree? This will be unique, and a great memento of your big day, and you can watch it grow as you get older together.
Check out Tree 2 My Door
Don’t use plastic! It goes without saying these days that straws are a massive waste, and good for only one use. You don’t need plastic glasses either. Get your friends and family to start collecting jam jars to use as drinking utensils which will fit in with a rustic vibe, or hire posh glasses from somewhere like to Have and to Hire.
Flowers on the other hand are a tricky matter. Real flower decorations will need to be attended to on the day and cut blooms are not environmentally friendly, yet fake flowers are generally made from plastic. Again, think about hiring these, and at least then they can be recycled, or consider using foliage, potted herbs or living plants instead of flowers, which is more readily available and makes a great runner along our long tipi tables, and after the big day, encourage guests to take them, or donate to a local hospital or hospice.
Check out how to make your own here
COME BY BUS
For a unique entrance to your party, why not book a double decker to transport you and your guests to your tipi field? This will save on any fuel guzzling statement cars, and means your guests can have a drink too!
No doubt your local bus company will be able to help, but here’s a link to ours…. Southern Transit
WASTE NOT WANT NOT
There is often an incredible amount of food waste at a wedding, even with a buffet; But if you plan a veggie feast, you can tuck into any leftovers the next day without fear of getting food poisoning! But a 50/50 option is still a good choice. Whether you are providing the wedding meal, or you’re hiring a separate team, you should be able to find a catering company with a sustainable ethos. Make sure to ask them if they can source organic, local, Fairtrade and ethically-produced ingredients where possible.
Sourcing your alcohol from local wineries, distilleries and breweries is another great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and providing your own bar means that guests can bring their own tipple, which means less waste.
We love Brighton Gin!
It’s tradition to send out a wedding invite, and to be honest, it’s not quite as glamorous to receive a save the date by text! But if you use recycled paper and set up an email account for RSVPs, every little helps! Tipi weddings don’t require any kind of paper- we have a lovely chalk board for table settings and stones or bark work just as well as a place name.
For inspiration, check out this beaut from Not on the High Street
Non-toxic candles are available if you shop around, and we welcome candles in our tipis. They just need to be in a jar or candlestick, or come as they are from Light Me
Unsurprisingly some venues won’t allow confetti, as it is wasteful and a pain! So suggest to your guests that they shop at the original ethical confetti suppliers, Biodegradable Confetti and choose from their ginormous range of natural, biodegradable and dye-free petals, which are light enough to blow away, and are less harmful to nature.
FOR THE COUPLE WHO HAS EVERYTHING
If you really don’t like the idea of getting a gift, why not ask for donations to your favourite charities?