A nice, ethical UK focused wedding blog

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Bride and groom walking across a field. She holds a huge bunch of flowers, they're laughing and chatting as they walk. By Hannah Timm Photography at Coed Hills

Header image by Hannah Timm Photography. Laura & Oliver’s Coed Hills wedding is here in our archives.

Steering a wedding blog along the right path is a fun part of everything we do… and we’re always looking to be better.

After covid (is it too soon to say that? Probably but…) we’ve learned a few things: family and human connection are massively important.

At the beginning of 2020 we were all about sustainability in weddings – and at that time, sustainability meant carbon footprint and reducing plastic, reusing and recycling and so on.

It kinda feels like the world changed in the last two years, and we want to keep changing too. That whole Be Kind thing? That stuck. We want to be the nice, ethical wedding blog.

The wedding media – magazines especially – is so often about the things you NEED TO BUY for your wedding. (And oh it’s so beautifully subtle isn’t it?) But the truth is that you don’t actually need to buy anything for your big day. Has any wedding blog ever told you that?

Weddings can be very, very affordable.

We’d like to. And to be honest, we’re probably going to keep saying it, rather a lot.

So over the coming months we’re going to focus harder than ever on sustainable weddings – but not just green stuff.

We’ll start with affordable weddings: how much should you spend? (Oh, and a little word about ‘average wedding budgets’… a pet hate of ours! Expect a rant…)

In a nutshell, you should spend what you can happily afford. No more. And no loans. Weddings will be different for every couple, but we promise a £200 wedding can be as beautiful as a £200,000 one.

We’ll have things to say about balancing affordability with personality (because that’s where the beauty comes from).

Sustainability in weddings should mean more: it should mean ethical and affordable weddings, and celebrations which do no harm.

But what harm can a wedding possibly do?

Okay, so  – mental health. Waste. Debt. Plastic.

When you dig down into the details, there’s so much to think about – from your outfits to favours to where the eggs in your wedding cake came from.

We’ll be talking most of all about how to do good when you’re planning your wedding though.

There is so much we’re excited to tell you about –

Simpler budgeting. Looking after your mental health. Charity (in a hundred ways!). Supporting independent businesses. Recycling. Community. Offsetting. Vegan weddings. Not to mention the joy of gathering family and loved ones together for the celebration of a lifetime.

We’ll be publishing a whole bunch of articles about having a sustainable wedding over the next few months.

If you’d like to have your say – especially if you’re planning a sustainable wedding, or maybe send us in a little quote or a guest article we’d love to hear from you! contactenglishwedding@gmail.com

In the meantime, did you see Boo & Charlie’s sustainable micro wedding on the blog? She wore a Raimon Bundo designer wedding dress… from a local hospice charity shop. His suit was from Oxfam online. Need we even SAY more?!


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.


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