17 January 2021

5 Tips for a More Sustainable Wedding

Wedding celebrations are awesome. We all know that. But unfortunately, there’s no point in denying that the wedding industry is pretty wasteful too. As a wedding photographer, I’ve seen families and friends travel all over the world to witness the wedding day of their beloved ones, I’ve seen caterers get rid of multiple garbage bags filled with leftover food, and don’t get me started on the disposable plastics used throughout the day.

First things first: your wedding day is your day. I’m not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. Include your style, commit to your values and make sure the whole shabang is a personal reflection of your unique love story. You do you! I know I’m very (like, véry) passionate about the environment, but I never judge.

The tips below are just to make you aware of the impact of a wedding, and to show you that sustainable weddings aren’t exclusively for lunatic treehuggers. I strongly believe each and every single one of you can make a huge difference by making conscious choices during the preparations towards your wedding day. The world needs a lot of people doing this imperfectly rather than a few freaks (hello, that’s me) trying to live a zero-waste life.


Save The Date cards, invitations, the menu, table chart, vow books,… Rethink everything that needs to be printed! Cut down on unnecessary paper waste by thinking about what’s really important to you. Consider using recycled paper, seed-infused growing paper, or opt for online options.


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Let's get straight to the point: the food industry has a huge impact on our planet. That's no secret. Try to reduce this impact by finding a catering company that sources organic, local and fairtrade ingredients where possible. An entirely vegan menu would reduce your wedding's footprint drastically, but aiming for a menu that's 50% vegetarian will make a huge difference too! Also ask your caterer about what will happen with possible food leftovers.

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Finding a sustainable wedding location may seem tricky. Don't be shy and ask the owners about the eco-friendliness of their venue. Are they reducing their carbon footprint? Do they use renewable energy sources? What makes their venue an earth-friendly venue?

Think about how your friends and family will be traveling to the wedding venue. By plane? Train? Bike? Car? Encourage carpooling and suggest offsetting their carbon footprint.


Ask yourself where your flowers come from. If you had the choice (which you do): would you prefer out-of-season roses flown in from Africa? Or seasonal, pesticide-free flowers from a local garden? Avoid pesticides and florists that work with oasis (floral foam)! The bee population will be eternally grateful.

Consider dried flowers as a beautiful alternative if you're having a winter wedding.

Not sure what to do with all those flowers after the big day? Donate them to a local hospital, retirement home or church so someone else can enjoy the beauty of your flowers too!

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Know what you're buying. Or in the case of buying jewelry: make sure you know where your gold is coming from. The mining business is not only known for its huge impact on our planet, child labour is not uncommon in this industry either.

Where is the gold coming from? What about the gem(s)? Does the gold smith have a Fair Trade label? Is it an option to re-purpose existing jewellery into a new piece?

Do you want to try to reduce the impact of your wedding day?

But you're not sure where to start? My job as a photographer isn't limited to taking pictures. I'm happy to help all of the couples I work with in their search for the sustainable vendors that match with the idea of their dream wedding!