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Eco-Conscious, Festival-Inspired Wedding Weekend with Rave Reception

When Jess and Chris decided to get married, they found that the place they drew inspiration from the most was seeing how other people had done things their own way. They chose elements that they had enjoyed from other weddings, and did away with traditions they felt had no meaning to them.

“We made every decision together and questioned everything ‘typical’,” Jess explained. “If we didn’t see the point of something, we didn’t do it, and we replaced it with something meaningful to us.” This meant switching an elaborate cake which no-one would eat for a bountiful buffet of local cheeses. They picked their flowers based on what was local and in season, and made blackberry whisky as their wedding favours as something that people would enjoy, rather than leave behind.

In lieu of a particular wedding theme, it was important to the couple that they spent their budget on what mattered most to them and that, in line with their day-to-day principles, they didn’t consume more than was necessary or create a load of waste. They borrowed tablecloths, vases, hampers and fire pits from friends who’d used them in their own weddings. They made several hundreds metres of bunting from old sheets and shirts. Flowers were arranged in vintage jugs, borrowed vases, even an old watering can and large mayonnaise jars. With their venue boasting 360 degree views of the Sussex countryside, they felt it needed little embellishment for the sake of doing so, and were happy to allow the beauty of the local surroundings to shine through.

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Colourful, Communal & Environmentally-Friendly Wedding in a Woodland

Rea and Rhi’s colourful woodland wedding is not only beautiful to look at, it’s a totally feelgood day too. Their inspiration for the day was about community, with everyone coming together to support them and celebrate their connection. There’s a beautiful communal spirit that oozes out of these photos. And with a colour scheme that extended to ‘hot pink, yolk yellow, orange, salmon and purple’, it was also all things bright and beautiful!

Their starting point was finding an outside venue where they could get married “beneath a canopy of silver birch trees, and party all night long without being told to go to bed!” They found the perfect venue in Comrie Croft, Crieff, which meant they could host it as a sleepover wedding too! They decorated the ceremony area and barn-come-ballroom with origami lanterns, metres and metres of bunting and fairy lights wrapped around the trees.

“Our wedding theme was ‘Party of the Year’ – a chilled party where we could strip away the stiff ceremonial timeline where people have to wait for permission to have fun,” they explain. The decorations were DIYed by a group of friends who Rea and Rhi affectionately call the ‘party pixie pals’ (peep the blue t-shirt). “One weekend, our friends got together to turn our friend’s living room into a bunting-making factory, with coloured fabric everywhere! Our friend Robert also masterminded the designs for origami lanterns made from coloured card with no instructions – he came up with everything himself!”

As well as helping decorate the wedding, friends and family played a major part in the other parts of the day too. “The community theme was evident in the fact many of our friends and family contributed directly to important aspects, such as being a celebrant and making the three-tiered cocktail cake (pina colada, strawberry daiquiri, and margarita flavour!)”.

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Eco & Ethical Quaker Wedding with the Bride in a Tartan Dress!

Phoebe and Brett’s wedding had ethical intentions at its core. From using a CSA (community supported agriculture) florist, to sourcing local female vendors, to donating leftover food to homeless charities, its a wedding that’s all heart. And also a ton of fun and stylish – have you seen the punky tartan outfits and the bride’s boots?!

The couple had a mostly traditional Quaker wedding, which is a self-uniting ceremony. Brett explained that, “It occurs as a meeting for worship. There is no clergy and anyone who is moved may stand and speak. Fortunately, here, in the state of Pennsylvania you can get a self-uniting marriage licence, so we only needed two witnesses to make the whole thing legal.” And of course, being a Quaker wedding meant that electronics were not allowed in the ceremony, so photographer Sandrachile documented it from far away and in a non-intrusive way.

The bride’s ethically-sourced tartan dress was custom made by local artist Anthony James Sirk, which she teamed with some bad ass shoes by Jeffrey Campbell from Poshmark, and the groom’s kilt by Quality Kilts matched Phoebe’s dress perfectly.

Hiring ethical and eco-friendly vendors actually played a big part in their day. Bistro to Go Café and Catering reduced the carbon footprint by providing a mostly vegan and vegetarian menu, and leftover food was donated to homeless people. They also used an eco-friendly stylist, greenSinner, who included upcycled and vintage decorations along with CSA flowers. Their invitations and RSVPs were online, and they registered for a charitable wedding registry.

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Eco-Friendly Wedding in Slovenia

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Jasmina and Mihael’s Slovenian wedding was all about nature. They kept things small and they spent only €1000 on the day. “Our colours were white, black and dark green with elements of wood, jute and lace”, said the bride. “We wanted to have a lot of wooden elements and to completely ban plastic from our table sets.”

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“We were inspired by other eco-friendly weddings that we saw online but we wanted to have our wedding under our terms. It was a really nice to have an outdoor wedding with home-prepared food. Everything was vegan and vegetarian too. We gave homemade hemp soap as favours.”

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Bohemian Festival Wedding with Entertainment A-Plenty: Chris & Emmy

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Chris and Emmy were married early in the day, so they wanted to lay on lots of entertainment for their guests. “We wanted a day that was relaxed, fun and family-friendly”, wrote the bride. “We had our humanist hand fasting ceremony at 10:30 in the morning, so we wanted to make sure there was plenty for our guests to do throughout the day. We go to a lot of festivals and run a dance tent with my family called the Griffin Tent, so we used that as a starting point, using the marquee and having a pub quiz and live bands in the afternoon.”

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“The river running through Loudwater Farm is the same river we both played in as children (we’ve known each other since we were 11!), so we had fishing nets and wellies for everyone to paddle. We added archery, circus toys, dreamcatcher making and an art and crafts den, and finished up with a silent disco.”

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Eco and Natural Forest Wedding: Abigail & Lisa

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Abigail and Lisa’s wedding was eco, natural and laid back. Held at Wise Wedding Venue in Kent they did the majority of the décor themselves, or at the very least put their own personal spin on everything. Both girls opted for non-traditional wedding day outfits, and wore two suits each throughout the celebrations. To fit with the natural and eco wedding idea they even had wooden wedding rings.

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The theme continued with their tree stump cake (made by a friend), their hand picked flowers and the DIY hand stitched invitations. “All the reception décor inside the marquee was made from old books, these included heart bunting and flowers”, explained Abigail. “The tables had log style birch candle holders, paper flowers and personalised homemade matches. Outside the marquee, on the field, we had a homemade sweet stall and a seafood stall also made by us and my super mum. My mum also made a Moroccan-looking area out of two gazebos, which was a chilled out shisha pipe area. We wanted a Moroccan corner as I proposed to Lisa while we were there. We even had a snuff bar which went down a storm!”

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