ETHICAL WEDDINGS BLOG CONTRIBUTOR
The couple: Clare Josa & Peter Briant
Wedding date: 25 September 2010
Venue and location: Village wedding, near Fordingbridge (Hampshire, UK)
Budget: Haven’t got a clue… Will let you know afterwards…
What inspired you to have an ethical wedding?
We’re both passionate about living in harmony with the planet. Our everyday life choices are based around organic, seasonal, locally-grown food and ethically-produced products. So having an ethical, eco-wedding was the only authentic option.
What has been the most difficult bit so far?
Finding suppliers who don’t think we’re cranks – or “embellish” to get the business! We’re still on a learning curve, so watch this space.
What has been the most fun bit?
Planning all the extra touches we can do ourselves, to add love and light to the wedding experience for our guests.
What would be your 5 top tips for brides and grooms planning an ethical wedding?
- Be clear about your reasons – if you know your “why”, it makes choices easier.
- Set realistic boundaries. Know what you will compromise on and what is non-negotiable.
- Don’t preach to suppliers. If they’re not yet on board with the ethical idea, they’re much more likely to be open to going eco if you’re happy and enthusiastic, than if they feel judged or criticised. And if they can’t do what you’re looking for, you don’t have to work with them.
- Ask questions. It’s amazing how often high-environmental-impact things are done at weddings because “that’s the way it’s always been done”. Asking helpful questions can often open up alternatives.
- Enjoy it! It can be so much fun, planning your big day. If you notice you’re getting too stressed, then it’s time to sit down with your other-half-to-be and review your priorities – are they realistic? Could you delegate / ask others for help? Could you simplify things?
Clare is the founder of Beyond Alchemy.