ethical wedding inspiration – part two
be conscious, be stylish, be creative
The old adage goes, ‘reuse, recycle, renew’ and that is exactly what you can do and you don’t have to substitute wedding style for ‘substance’ in the process. Be inspired by making ethical planning decisions and saving the planet – channel the ‘consciousness’ and get creative!
save the trees
Why not get creative and make your own invites and save the date cards by hand, out of recycled paper and reclaimed beads and materials. Alternatively, you can choose a supplier who combines original and creative design with eco-friendly production and materials, such as: Honeymilk Stationery, Artcadia, Lollipop Designs, Cherrygorgeous, Ruby Wren Designs and A Bird & A Bee.
Recycle and upcycle, to add a quirky charm to your wedding style. Collect up old jam jars, tins, glass milk bottles or bottles of fizzy pop and fill with flowers on your table or to decorate the venue.
You could also scour your local charity shops for mismatched vases, vintage tea and dinner sets and fun alternative ‘props’ for the day, such as; old leather suitcases, antique style ornaments, old books and other weird and wonderful treasure.
upcycled for you
If DIY isn’t for you, why don’t you let others do it for you? Melody Rose’s range of upcycled china wear is vintage inspired with a totally unique twist. Using pieces from their collection as decoration would be an ultra-cool and original styling touch or the perfect unusual wedding gift on a <a href="www.notonthehighstreet.com/wedding gift list. Another fabulous gift list choice is the upcycled, Personalised Vintage Record Player Clock and there are many more unusual items in the Vyconic range, click here to view.
These Glass Milk Bottle Jugs have been upcycled and filled with flowers or sweet treats would add some vintage charm to your wedding styling. For a cute favour idea, the upcycled Hand Embroidered Valentines Broaches would make lovely favours for the ladies, with the Felt Keyfob’s are a great alternative for the men. Both have a unique, handmade DIY feel. Catfishhh offer a funky range of upcycled clutch bags in a variety of prints for you and your bridesmaids.
Ask your venue or caterer about the ingredients they use. Is it from the UK? Is it locally produced? Are their ingredients organic? If so, fantastic! If not, ask if they can source a few elements for you locally.
sparkling sweet-charity & borrowed treasure
Style yourself and your bridesmaid in jewels that are sourced from vintage sellers or borrowed from loved ones. If you want to buy ‘something new’, then seek out original and unusual pieces that are made ethically.
Swallowtail Hill source products from ethical and sustainable sources. Their beautifully classic Divine Pendant is from a ‘range of jewellery made in Mexico and is created by silversmiths who are members of a cooperative which ensures that its members are paid a fair price and the quality of the goods produced.’ The Martillado Bangle and Tejida Cuff, are from the same diverse range and equally stunning.
Alkina is an ethical trading company that works closely with skilled artisans based in Moroccan vilages. I love their Lac Resin Boho Earrings that are made using a variety of bead colours and are only £15 per pair. They are very on trend and instead of being mass produced in a sweat shop, they are hand-made in traditional style by villagers from the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Their Silver Ball Tuareg Earrings are handcrafted by silversmith Ahmed El Guerche in Tiznit, Southern Morocco.