The world of weddings is changing! We asked celebrity wedding florist Larry Walshe some of our biggest, burning questions – and we were thrilled to bits when he replied with such thoughtful insights on the future of weddings.

Before we dive in: yes, luxury weddings are bound to create more waste by volume. We’re not hiding from that. But no amount of Guardian coverage can stop luxurious weddings from happening; they’ll go on, and they’re already becoming more sustainable. It would be naive to ignore the existence of extravagant celebrations and assume everyone can have a thrifty little micro wedding. Finally, the wedding industry needs its shining stars to set an example: and here’s how that’s already happening.

Header image by Jaye Peg Photography

Sustainable weddings, to us, means a happy experience and stress free planning. Sticking to a comfortable budget is a huge part of that.

If you haven’t been following our sustainable weddings series, you might want to check back or bookmark our recent months’ features:

    1. Weddings & Planet – don’t let your day be about ‘stuff’
    2. Weddings & mental health
    3. The elephant in the room: weddings’ carbon footprint
    4. Finding (or being) a sustainable wedding supplier

Let’s talk about wedding budgets

Your wedding day is probably going to be the biggest and most exciting day of your life, but with so many options to choose from when planning your big day, it can easily become one of the most wasteful too. If being sustainable is important to you as a couple, read on to discover some top eco-friendly wedding tips from Entertainment Nation that will not only help save the planet, but will also be kinder on your purse strings!

Weddings with plastic and waste are on the way out. It’s time for the industry to catch up: a mini revolution is on the way, and this time it’s not just about trends.

As redundant as polyester chair covers and barbie tiaras, single-use wedding items are starting to sit uncomfortably with couples and suppliers these days. We’re all looking for planet-friendly alternatives, and there are plenty if you just know where to look!

Image credits: Clare Randell. Stationery by Chloe Ainsley CreativeStyled shoot and full credits here

No one is really talking about the waste generated by big weddings. It almost feels as though you can’t have a big wedding without a huge impact on the environment… as if most of the wedding media are implying it’s just one day: what harm can a wedding really do, and do you even need to think about sustainable wedding planning?

A couple laugh together on their wedding day. They're surrounded by mountains and she's holding a bouquet with lots of greenery. By Luke Flint Photography

All images in this feature are by the terrifically talented Luke Flint Photography. Discover more from Luke at https://www.lukeflintphotography.co.uk