Green is the New White Dorset Wedding

PUBLISHED: 18:39 26 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:18 20 February 2013

Green is the New White Dorset Wedding

Green is the New White Dorset Wedding

With a 'green wedding' couples can express their love for the planet and each other with some unique, thrifty and stylish options that support the local economy

Green is the New White

With a green wedding couples can express their love for the planet and each other with some unique, thrifty and stylish options that support the local economy


Setting your budget will shape nearly every other decision you make for your big day. As a general rule your wedding budget should break down as follows:

50% on the reception (including food
and drink)

15% on wedding outfits

10% on flowers

10% on photography

5% on entertainment

10% on everything else including stationery, fees, gifts etc.

Allow a 5% to 10% contingency to your final figure for unforeseen expenses.

Save money by being thrifty, clever and organised; consider hiring, borrowing, swapping and making your own. Be realistic and keep a tight control on guest numbers and price per head. Attend to the major decisions before the details and share the fun of planning your celebrations by getting family and friends involved.


Holding your ceremony and reception at the same venue cuts down on transport, decorations and environmental impact.
If you are getting married in a religious establishment, do they have a hall you
can hire for your reception? Consider museums, organisations supporting heritage and tradition, village halls, community organisations, hotels with
eco-credentials or country houses.

A small restaurant with rooms or a B&B where the chef or owners grow their own food and cook delicious meals ticks the green box. If youre planning to have an outdoor party, consider a private garden with a marquee. Nature reserves, public or private woodlands, an arboretum, beach or public park can offer a diverse range of atmospheres. Campsites or tipi sites could provide accommodation for your guests and an area for your party, keeping everyone on one site and reducing transport costs.


A beautiful dress neednt be expensive, nor does it have to be traditional. You could have your wedding dress made-to-measure by a local dressmaker, using organic and natural fabrics. Think of having an antique wedding dress or family heirloom updated or modified to suit you. Alternatively,
hire a gorgeous gown or borrow from a newly-married bride.


Outfits to reflect a modern grooms individual tastes are becoming very fashionable. For the traditional look a cost-effective and ethical choice would be to hire a formal outfit. Alternatively search charity shops, vintage boutiques and online auction sites. If you want to splash out, find an ethical retailer stocking suits and shirts made of 100% wool, linen or organic cotton from fairly traded sources.


Source ethical jewellery that uses conflict-free gold and diamonds from a reputable maker or jeweller or consider commissioning a local designer to create rings individually made for you. You could also use a family heirloom or search antique shops.


Base your food on seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Find a caterer whose menus change in colour and taste with the seasons. Buy wine direct from your local vineyard, of which there are several in Dorset, including award-winning local fizz. Consider using a local brewery or source some local cider or apple juice, and make your own elderflower cordial.


Use seasonal traditional English flowers grown at home and persuade a local grower to raise flowers for you or pick flowers from friends gardens. Find out what flowers will be in bloom locally when you are getting married. If you are using a florist ask them to source locally raised flowers, herbs and foliage to create naturally scented displays. For table decorations consider growing plants or herbs in pretty containers. As for confetti, look for bio-degradable flower petals grown in the UK or give your guests packets of bird seed to throw.


If you can, walk or ride to your ceremony horseback, tandem or cycle rickshaws are all options. Make a statement in a hybrid car or a horse-drawn carriage. Using the same venue for ceremony and reception saves on transport or try and keep both locations within walking distance of each other. If people are flying in, why not offset this by sponsoring a tree-planting programme on their behalf or ask them to dedicate a tree as your wedding gift?


Theres no need to abandon taste and style when choosing an eco-friendly option. Print all your wedding correspondence, including your order of service, on recycled or tree-free paper with vegetable inks. Consider having a wedding website to replace invitations; this is a really useful tool for all your wedding planning. Why not make your own invitations on handmade paper containing flower seeds when your guests are finished with their invitations, they can plant them.


Ask guests to contribute towards a commission from a local craftsman or artist. The items become family heirlooms, and you can send a photo of the piece when it is completed. If you already have everything you want, ask guests to donate to a charity of your choice or register with one of the new
and popular charity gift list services.

More details of green weddings can be
found at or call
01769 550580.

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