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How to have a sustainable wedding at The Hall Barns

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How to have a sustainable wedding at The Hall Barns

How to have a sustainable wedding at The Hall Barns

Of course, it goes without saying we love a wedding here at The Hall Barns, but we also love our planet. We totally get that a traditional, all-out big day can have a whopping carbon footprint, but believe us when we say it doesn’t have to be that way. There are so many different steps towards having a more sustainable wedding that can be easily (and cheaply, hooray!) worked into your planning and the day itself. Having a greener wedding doesn’t mean compromising on the excitement, style or personality of your day, it simply means being kinder to the planet. Now that is something we can get behind. Want to find out how to have a sustainable wedding at The Hall Barns? Read on, friends…

Credits: Photography – Sam Bennett | Flowers – Hiden Floral Design and Daisy & Fox | Styling – Willow & Rust

Eco-friendly stationery

Invites, table plans, menus, place settings – a typical wedding requires a lot of stationery. While there’s always the option of emailing wedding invites (we’re talking a beautifully-designed invite, not “Hey, want to come to my wedding?” hastily typed out in Arial font – unless the laid-back approach is more your thing) it’s not your only option. Thankfully there are plenty of wedding stationers out there who are embracing the eco-friendly way. Look for little indie businesses who only work with sustainable products, using FSC® certified paper and card, that’s all fully recyclable. 

sustainable wedding stationery
Credits: Photography – Sam Bennett | Stationery – Ellie & Liv

Think about the flowers

We are massive fans of flowers at weddings, and the excellent news is there are loads of ways to still fill your day with blooms without feeling any eco-guilt. For a start, stick to seasonal flowers that are available through your local florist. You may have your heart set on a particular type of wedding flower but let your florist help suggest in-season alternatives rather than shipping in flowers from another country. Stacking up airmiles for a peony is not great for the eco-credentials. If you really want to have a sustainable wedding, you don’t want your flowers to end up in the bin once the party is over. Repurposing flowers is the way to go, so either check with your florist if they can be delivered to a local hospital, hospice or care home, or round up a group of friends and take them yourself the next morning.

Eco décor

The Hall Barns is the coolest wedding space – even if we do say so ourselves – and quite frankly doesn’t need much in the way of extra décor. But we get that every couple likes to put their stamp on their wedding day, and we are here to help make it happen. If a sustainable wedding is what you’re after, the best way to go is to opt for reusable décor. Scour Facebook Marketplace or eBay for glass vases (which you can then sell on) or trawl your local charity shops for vintage candlesticks and votives. Alternatively, there are some brilliant eco-friendly wedding stylists who have done the hard work for you, so you can hire whatever you need from them, meaning zero waste. Another option is to go for one big piece of statement decor for your wedding, like some giant light-up lights. Again, this cuts out waste or anything ending up in landfill, plus they make awesome photo backdrops. 

Large light-up lights spelling LOVE at Hall Barns wedding
Credits: Photography – Sam Bennett | Light-up letters – JMC Production

Catering matters

When it comes to your wedding food, make sure whatever caterer you use is dedicated to sourcing local ingredients and sustainable products. Thankfully you don’t need to worry about that when you get married at The Hall Barns as our chefs are all about locally-sourced, eco-friendly menus. You’re welcome.

menu lay out at The Hall Barns sustainable wedding
Credits: Photography – Sam Bennett | Stationery – Ellie & Liv | Styling – Willow & Rust

The dress

Never has there been more choice for brides who want to be more sustainable but don’t want to sacrifice on style. There are thousands of drop dead gorgeous, worn-once wedding dresses available on preloved sites like Bridal Reloved, where you can pick up a total bargain without having to buy new. As well as this there are more and more bridal rental services like Something Borrowed or My Wardrobe HQ  where you can rent amazing dresses for a fraction of the cost. 

wedding dresses on display
Credits: Photography – Sam Bennett | Dresses: Bridal Reloved Leicester

Cut down on travel

With friends and family scattered all over the country, it’s unavoidable that most weddings mean travelling. But if you want to cut down on adding unnecessarily to that carbon footprint, choose a wedding venue that has accommodation on-site. Enter: The Hall Barns. We have a dreamy cottage just a short stroll from the Barn, which sleeps up to 6. And for a real festival-wedding experience, we’ve 10 glamping pods as well as an epic newlyweds’ suite perfect for a chilled-out end to your day. Sustainable and fun, what’s not to love? 

The Hall Barns wedding glamping
Credit: Kelly Hiscox

Book your sustainable wedding at The Hall Barns

If you’re on the hunt for a cool, unique and stylish barn wedding venue in Leicestershire, The Hall Barns needs to be on your radar. We’d absolutely love the chance to show you around and talk to you about how we can help you throw the most epic sustainable wedding ever. Give us a call on 01509 880 236 or click here to book your viewing or ask us a question.

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