When you ask people what is the most important issue facing the world, you get a few common answers – politics, economics, inequality. However, for millions of people in this country, and around the world, the answer is likely to be climate change. Addressing the ongoing climate emergency is a major element of many people’s lives. They try to live in a way that is less damaging to the planet – a concept called sustainability. Weddings are not usually a particularly sustainable endeavour. How can you make your wedding more sustainable though?

Recycle

Producing a single wedding ring from gold can result in as much as twenty tonnes of excess waste. As a result, consider getting a recycled ring. You could either use a wedding ring that is already in the family, or seek out an antique ring instead. Alternatively, if you do not want to use a ring someone else has used, consider getting a fair trade ring. This means a ring that has been produced according to fair trade conditions, and consequently has had less impact on the environment.

Locations

Consider where you have your wedding, and where the things you use at the wedding come from. Transportation is one of the most significant contributors to climate change. To make your wedding more sustainable, think about having your wedding somewhere near to you to limit the amount of travelling your guests need to do. You should also consider where your wedding suppliers are sourcing the things you’ll have at your wedding.

Food

Certain types of food are more impactful on the environment than others. Beef in particular causes much more damage to the planet than chicken, for example. Vegetarian and Vegan diets are much more environmentally sustainable than eating meat in general. Finally, some types of fish are sustainable, but not all of them. While you do not necessarily need to have a vegan wedding to make your wedding more sustainable, consider the environmental impact of your wedding meal.

If you choose to make your wedding more sustainable, you might find yourself concerned about the potential costs. You might be worried about the amount you spend if something goes wrong. Wedding Insurance gives you peace of mind that you are financially protected if something were to happen to you.