How Green is the Royal Wedding?

Royalist or republican, there’s no escaping the Royal Wedding. And whether you’re a flag-waving Will and Kate fan or just happy to have the extra day off work, there’s no denying the event has got the country talking.

And following in Prince Charles’s eco footsteps, the royal couple has tried to make their big day as environmentally friendly as possible. Now, with some 1,900 dignitaries arriving from all over the world, it’s been pointed out that the carbon emissions from the guests’ flights would outweigh that of most other weddings many times over. But that doesn’t detract from the fact that the eco wedding industry should get a welcome boost from the green side of Will and Kate’s wedding plans.

So what’s green about the Royal Wedding?

Will and Kate, reportedly with a big helping hand from Prince Charles, have made several eco arrangements for the big day:

  • the event to be partly powered using renewables
  • any carbon emissions offset
  • all paper used for the wedding will be recycled
  • media stands constructed from FSC-certified wood
  • food will use local and sustainably sourced ingredients where possible
  • organic wedding cake
  • seasonal flowers
  • Kate’s wedding ring made from non-exploitative gold from the Clogau St David’s mine in North Wales

No gifts for the royal couple

Thankfully for those invited to the royal shindig, Will and Kate have decided to not have a gift list. Let’s face it, you can’t exactly buy a bread maker or John Lewis crockery set for the second-in-line to the throne and his beau. So the royal couple has asked guests to donate to charity instead – and that in itself should cut down on a couple of acres of waste wrapping paper.

Top tips for your own green wedding

Will and Kate have made some steps in the right direction, but there are plenty of other things you could do to make an eco wedding:

  • choose Fair Trade materials for the wedding dress – better still rework a vintage dress
  • honeymoon in the UK or choose low-carbon travel options
  • send virtual invitations by email
  • use English wines for the toasts
  • make sure the gift list includes eco friendly gifts – energy saving appliances are a good idea
  • ask guests to travel by public transport or offset flights if they’re coming from abroad

While not all these suggestions may be practical for your own big day, like Will and Kate, more and more couples are choosing to add a green element to their own weddings.

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