Planning an Eco Wedding
When Jamie and I got engaged at the end of 2015 we agreed that we wouldn’t set a date or start planning until there was marriage equality in Australia. This is something we were both passionate about as it just didn’t feel right for us to participate in the ritual of marriage if it wasn’t an option for so many cherished and close friends and family. So we waited, and recently, whilst I was away in Italy, Gay marriage was legalised in Australia – WOO WOO!
So now that I’m back on home soil the planning has begun (although according to the photo on the right, it started when I was four years old). Originally, we wanted to get married towards the end of this year before it gets too hot. However, after some scheduling I realised that our wedding would clash head on with my final semester of uni, right when I’ll be deep in the depths of designing and making my final collection. Not really a smart time right? So we’ve pushed things forward to early next year some time. This gives me a WHOLE YEAR of inspiration, Pinteresting and planning. Can I get another WOO WOO?!
From the get-go I’m wanting to do this whole thing as sustainably, affordably and ethically as I can. This intention is what lead me straight to the Mindfully Wed e-guide, created by the talented folk over at Less Stuff More Meaning. LSMM was founded by Sandra Henri, a professional wedding photographer turned eco wedding guru. Much like myself, Sandra became jaded by consumerism and the intense focus on materialism especially evident within the wedding industry. She set out to create a resource hub of industry change makers and eco wedding specialists, a go-to guide for conscious brides and grooms.
I recently downloaded my own (tree saving) copy of the Mindfully Wed e-guide and I’m here to tell you why you should too. Even though I’ve only dipped a toe into the world of wedding planning, I was shocked by how many “shoulds” I was instantly hit with. “You should invite the entire family and plus ones otherwise people will get offended”, “You should have a sit down dinner, it’s more formal”, “You should start booking photographers and wedding videographers now”.
When I imagine my dream wedding day, I don’t think of co-ordinated table clothes and chair covers. I think of having my close friends and family together, eating delicious local food, excellent music, wearing something I feel amazing in and most importantly celebrating how lucky Jamie and I are to have even found each other in the first place. We’ve set ourselves a budget of 5k, and are leaning towards a backyard wedding (though a farm wedding with the option of everyone eating marshmallows around a campfire at the end of the night is really the dream). I don’t want my bridesmaids in matching outfits. I’ll probably do my own hair and design the invites myself.
The Mindfully Wed E-Guide
The Mindfully Wed e-guide not only made me feel really good about my somewhat unconventional wedding ideas, but also encouraged me to stick to our vision without aiming for perfection. It is jam packed with how-to’s like where to find a socially conscious ring, thought provoking articles such as ‘War on Waste Weddings’ and even planet-friendly menu ideas. The photography is raw, real and breathtaking, giving such authentic inspiration as to what really is possible. After downloading this guide I really don’t see any need for wedding magazines or to seek out more information, this literally had everything I could want and more. For all you fellow wedding planners out there, invest in your own copy, it’ll be the smartest and most uplifting spend in your budget, guaranteed.