Planning a wedding can be a stressful and overwhelming enough process as it is when focusing on the day alone. But it’s important to remember that every item that goes towards making your big day perfect has been found or created by another individual and that you should be mindful of where you source your items to ensure that all of these individuals are treated fairly. You should also bear in mind that many of the items involved in the big day may be disposable and for one-time use, so you should make sure that they are biodegradable and won’t fill landfill or pollute the environment for years to come. So, here are a couple of pieces of advice to help you in planning the fairest and most sustainable wedding possible!
Conflict Free Rings
Perhaps the biggest symbol of marriage is the diamond ring. But you want to ensure that yours isn’t associated with conflict diamond trade (otherwise known as blood diamond trade). This is a process in which uncut diamonds are mined in areas of conflict and sold on illicitly in order to continue to fund said conflicts. So, when you’re shopping for your rings, consider a fair supplier, such as 77 Diamonds, who can guarantee that they absolutely comply with the United Nations Kimberley process to ensure that all of their products are conflict-free.
Sustainable Table Decorations
“Table decorations” is an umbrella term for everything that you use to make your table stand out and look something special. Many wedding planners will simply suggest scattering confetti or mini gems across the tablecloth and have some form of a bouquet in the center. This is cheap, effective and looks lovely. However, have you ever stopped to think what happens to these decorations once everyone heads home? Well, they are often thrown in the bin. This is extremely problematic in regards to the confetti and gems, as they are most often made of plastic and end up in a landfill or polluting waters and won’t biodegrade. So why not opt for something a little more environmentally friendly? You don’t need to compromise on aesthetics, and your guests could get an extra little something out of your alternative table decorations. Have edible, wrapped chocolates scattered around. They can have pretty packaging or shapes: chocolate hearts are perhaps most common. This will minimize wastage, and your guests will get an extra sweet treat too! Now, this isn’t such a big issue with the flowers, as they are biodegradable. However, isn’t it a shame to put such beautiful things to waste? Let the last guests of the night know that they are welcome to take a table piece bouquet home with them at the end of the night. At least it will go to a good home for the next few days.
These are just two areas to focus on. If you give every item you buy for your big day sufficient thought, you will be able to ensure that everything is moral and right!