The wedding march from white to green has started in earnest. Increased climate awareness has altered how couples plan for their big day, influencing everything from decorations to dishes.
Climate-conscious couples are focusing on sustainability like never before, and rejecting less eco-friendly wedding traditions in the process.
“Gone are the days of excess and waste as today’s brides and grooms become more conscious of reducing their impact on the environment when it comes to marking their big day,” said Michelle Wells, who is events manager at a leading hotel group.
“From the menu-planning stages, where locally sourced food is a key consideration, to holding the wedding in the hotel to reduce the need for transport – the demand for more sustainable options continues to grow,” says Ms Wells of the five-star Culloden Estate and Spa, Co Antrim.
When it comes to the specifics, Ms Wells says the traditional tiered cake, which was once a staple of weddings, is no longer a must-have. In further attempts to minimise waste, requests for tiers of cupcakes have increased.
“High-tree table centrepieces and artificial flowers that can be repurposed or reused are increasing in popularity. In recent years, recycled options, such as glass bottles, are being used for vases, and wooden pallets for welcome signs.
“Wildflowers are being used for both table arrangements and bridal bouquets and confetti is being swapped out with the biodegradable option of dried flower petals.”
Katie Jackson, who is events manager at another property from the Hastings Hotels group – Ballygally Castle in Co Antrim – echoes Ms Wells when summarising the more eco-conscious choices being made by couples celebrating their big day at Ballygally Castle.
“More are asking about the food and where it is sourced, digital invitations are replacing print ones, favours are more sustainable and many want to find ways to cut down on transport and car usage by having everyone in the one place.”