Eco friendly wedding ideas - how to make your wedding more environmentally friendly

Environmentally Friendly Confetti

The best types of confetti to use are water soluble, rough cut seed paper, flower petals, seeds or herbs. The water soluble confetti breaks down when exposed to moisture so it will disappear meaning small animals won't eat it and get sick. Rough cut seed paper will sproutflowers when planted (more on this later!) however it is best to check with your venue before you use sprouting confetti. 

When using flower petals or seeds, make sure they’re not poisonous if ingested by animals. Rice is a popular confetti trend however it can be damaging to birds that eat it so it is best to avoid it. 

PHOTO BY Chris Henderson 

PHOTO BY Chris Henderson 

Seed Paper Stationary

This is very cool – Why not consider using seed paper for your Wedding stationary? The seed paper, when planted will sprout flowers! Our lovely friends at Paper Skeleton (@paperskeleton_) provide this product in all sorts of beautiful, fresh designs. We suggest that your guests would wet the paper, tear it up, plant it under a thin layer of soil then watch as your beautiful flowers grow. This is a great way for your guests to recycle their save the date or invitations and remember your wedding.

Eco Friendly Paper choices

When you’re choosing your invites, check if the paper they use is FSC approved. According to the FSC, “FSC certifies forests all over the world to ensure they meet the highest environmental and social standards. Products made with wood and paper from FSC forests are marked with their ‘tick tree’ logo. When you see this logo, you can be confident that buying it won’t mean harming the world’s forests.”Use Local Suppliers 

Guests and suppliers travelling to your venue will probably create the most carbon footprint out of everything at your wedding. If you choose to hire suppliers that are local to your venue, this decreases the travel emissions from their travel as well as supporting small local businesses. 

Booking a bus for your guests that leaves from one place is also a great way to reduce carbon emissions as all your guests arrive in one vehicle.

Local catering companies are most likely to be using farm to table produce which means it is both locally sourced and fresh! When food is bought directly from growers it needs less packaging, less transportation and less time in the fridge which is definitely more environmentally friendly!

PHOTO BY DONNA MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY DONNA MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

Favours 

For eco friendly favours, try sourcing plantable gifts like seeds, herbs or a small succulent. Or go for edible favours however try and avoid excess plastic packaging, paper bags are better! 

Donate Your Wedding Flowers 

A good way to prevent wasting your wedding flowers is by donating them to a church, community centre or care home or you could even task someone with arranging them into smaller bouquets for your guests to take home with them. If you use potted plants they are easier for guests to take home and will last a lot longer as they haven’t been cut. A great excuse to have a themed Herb garden courtyard at your Wedding or use incredible trees or plants.

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5 Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner Before You Book

With so many Wedding Planners out there these days, it can be a big task to make a confident final selection. 

Before contacting a planner it’s a good idea to read the reviews that previous couples left about their weddings - usually on the website or their social media pages. You can view testimonials about Timeless White here. This will give you access to real life comments that people have made about how organised, personable and professional the planner is.

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The Basics – How long have you been doing this, do you do it full-time and what is your location?

During your first conversation with a Wedding Planner, it is worth asking how long a planner has been doing weddings so that you can be assured they have as much experience as you’d like. It is also worth finding out if they have managed Weddings similar to yours in nature. This is also important because Wedding Planning attracts lots of new businesses each year and many which start up fail or close by the end of year three.

It is also always important to check the location of the Wedding Planner – with the world being such a global place, it is quite common for Planners to advertise that they plan in an area in which they do not live or work. A Planner who lives in the locality, or at least the Country you are being married in will be more effective at making recommendations from experience, arranging site visits and understanding the local working community – otherwise they may just be searching for answers online like you could yourself!

Finally, many new Planners do not work full-time. It is important that you establish what the Planners regular working hours are and when you can expect to hear back from them during the process so that your expectations are met.

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Have you planned weddings like mine in the past? 


If a planner has put together a wedding in the format and/or style that you want then you truly have confidence that they will be able to create a Wedding in the style that you wish, as well as ensure it runs smoothly when it comes to logistics and timings.

If your Planner knows your Wedding venue well, they will be able to give you details such as accessibility, local surroundings, parking, whether the rooms are well lit or if there are any particularly good photograph opportunities.

If you have not yet selected a venue, then don’t be shy to ask the Planner to suggest a couple of options which might work well for you. This is also a good way of testing if your Planner is listening to your biggest wedding wishes which are for your venue.

Looking at the Planners portfolio can also be really helpful for you to get a sense of whether the style that they work to is aligned with yours as well as to gauge how much experience in Weddings the Planner has.

Are there added extras or costs not included in price packages?

Most Planners in Scotland work to fixed package prices that are outlined to the Customer at the beginning – though some may charge a percentage of your overall budget. Whichever method the Planner uses, be sure to check if there are any additional fees which are not included, such as extra staffing costs if you are hosting a huge Wedding, travel and/or subsistence charges or VAT.

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Can you guarantee you’ll be there on the day?

 Most couples want to work with a Planner from the day they book, right through to having that lovely person with you on the Wedding day itself. Be sure that if you are booking a package which is to include someone to coordinate your Wedding day, that you will have the same person throughout the entire process. Not all Planners promise this, and in our view it is essential to build the working relationship and trust with the person who you will be with on your Wedding day.

Having someone there to ensure everything runs smoothly so you don’t need to worry about timings and tiny details is important. If for some reason the planner is unable to attend your wedding due to pre-booked arrangements, ensure they have the organisational and communication skills to prepare a detailed schedule to be sent to all suppliers in order for everyone to know what’s going on when. 

Do you think our budget is sensible? 

Wedding planners have the skills and expertise to be able to tell you if your expectations are too high for your budget and vice versa. Make use of the opportunity to get their view and understand how much help they might be when it comes to your budget. They will know almost immediately whether your plans and your budget match up or whether you may need to change some things. 

Some Planners also have industry connections who may offer their customers discounts or upgrades free of charge – don’t be shy to ask if they can offer you this too.

Timeless White’s clients benefit from discounts and upgrades with some of Scotland’s most-wanted Wedding suppliers through our White List. Many of our customers take advantage of these wonderful offers and make significant savings on their Wedding vendor fees.