GREEN FOR GO AND GET MARRIED
One of the hottest wedding trends of the year is the eco celebration. Here are five ways to ensure your big day is kind to the planet and involves something old, something new, something borrowed and something green.
* Cut down on polluting emissions by buying your dress from a local bridal boutique or dressmaker and think about ways to prolong its life after the wedding. You could sell it on to another bride, donate it to charity or have it made into another garment
* Consider how far guests are travelling and encourage them to lift-share or take public transport. If you have a large party coming from afar, arrange a private hire coach so they can have fun and travel together. * The environmental impact of importing exotic blooms is significant, so think seasonally and locally when choosing your floral arrangement and you could hire artificial flower displays such as arches or centrepieces.
* Hire caterers who use seasonal, local and organic ingredients, ensuring any fish or meat served is sustainably bred and farmed. And be sure to ask venues about their eco credentials including their recycling policy, energy efficiency and recommended suppliers.
* Who needs an exotic holiday with a huge carbon footprint when you can find romantic getaways right here? Increasing numbers of holiday accommodation providers are upping their game in the eco stakes, so you should have plenty of choice.