Sustainable Wedding Planning: Eco-Friendly Ideas for Your Big Day

Planning a wedding involves many decisions, and increasingly, couples are choosing to make sustainability a priority. Here are some eco-friendly ideas to help you plan a sustainable wedding at our charming countryside venue.

1. Choose Eco-Friendly Invitations: Start your sustainability journey with your wedding invitations. Consider digital invitations or use recycled paper for your physical invites. Many printers offer eco-friendly options, including soy-based inks and biodegradable materials. Not only will this reduce paper waste, but it will also set the tone for your environmentally conscious celebration.

If you’re looking for a professional stationer, we recommend Northamptonshire based Urzanmyne – owner Gemma uses FSC paper and water-based inks in her beautiful designs.

Wedding invitations


2. Opt for Seasonal and Local Flowers: Flowers are a big part of any wedding, and choosing seasonal, locally-grown blooms can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Local flowers require less transportation and often have a smaller environmental impact. Work with a florist who specialises in sustainable practices and can help you select beautiful, eco-friendly arrangement.

For weddings at The Granary at Fawsley we recommend Field Gate Flowers, a local flower farmer and florist that specialises in British grown sustainable blooms for weddings.

Wedding buttonholes by Field Gate Flowers

3. Sustainable Catering: Food is another area where you can make a big difference. At The Granary, our caterers, Kearney’s Catering source ingredients locally and prioritise organic, seasonal produce.  Consider a plant-based menu, which has a lower environmental impact compared to traditional meat-heavy menus.

Vegan wedding breakfast dessert by Kearney's Catering

4. Eco-Friendly Decorations: When it comes to decor, less is often more. Use natural elements such as wood, stone, and fabric to create a beautiful, rustic atmosphere. Reuse decorations from other weddings or rent items instead of buying new ones. We recommend Gem Celebrations for decor hire. They have everything you can think of in a plethora of styles and colours.

Incorporate potted plants and succulents, which can double as guest favors and reduce waste.

Pastel wedding theme at The Granary at Fawsley, styled by Gem Celebrations

5. Ethical Attire: Choose wedding attire from designers who prioritise sustainable practices. Look for dresses made from organic or recycled fabrics, or consider buying a pre-loved gown. For the groom and groomsmen, renting suits can be a more sustainable option. After the wedding, donate or sell your dress to give it a second life. Rock my Wedding has a site where you can buy and sell preloved dresses, accessories and decor.

6. Green Transportation: Encourage guests to carpool or provide a bus to reduce the number of vehicles traveling to your wedding. If possible, choose a venue where the ceremony and reception are in the same location to minimise transportation needs. At The Granary at Fawsley, our picturesque countryside setting is perfect for an all-in-one wedding day.

Wedding bus arriving at The Granary at Fawsley

7. Offset Your Carbon Footprint: Consider offsetting the carbon footprint of your wedding by investing in renewable energy projects or planting trees. Many organisations offer carbon offset programs that can help balance the environmental impact of your big day.

By incorporating these eco-friendly ideas, you can create a stunning and sustainable wedding at The Granary at Fawsley. Our team is dedicated to helping you plan a day that reflects your values and commitment to the environment. Contact us today to learn more about our sustainable practices and how we can bring your eco-friendly wedding vision to life.

At The Granary at Fawsley, we are deeply committed to sustainability and minimising our environmental impact. We strive to integrate eco-friendly practices into every aspect of our operations. From minimising plastic use and composting food waste to using eco-friendly products in our bedrooms and cleaning routines, we prioritise sustainability in everything we do. We are proud to work with local suppliers to support the community and reduce our carbon footprint, continuously seeking new ways to enhance our green initiatives. Our dedication to sustainability ensures that your wedding day is not only beautiful but also environmentally responsible, allowing you to celebrate your love while honouring the planet.

You can see our sustainability pledge here.