Lancashire Life - - Weddings -

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.

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