Discover ways in which your wedding at Wickerwood Farm is a sustainable one.
Photography credit: Sarah Carmody Photography UK
As each year passes us by it becomes all the more important that we are aware of ways we can reduce our carbon footprint when planning a wedding. Unfortunately, the wedding industry still has a long way to go to eliminate the huge waste it produces.
A FEW FACTS...
On average here in the UK each wedding produces over 14.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, that’s equivalent to the carbon footprint produced by the average household for a whole year. With annual weddings averaging here at 278,600 in 2022 it’s a frightening statistic when you come to do the maths!
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
Here at Wickerwood Farm, we are fast becoming known for having sustainability at the heart of what we do and we're proud to continue to fly the eco flag within the UK wedding industry.
Wickerwood Farm is situated within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is within the 'Sustainable Farming Initiative Scheme' meaning our hedgerows are protected and soil structures are enhanced, enabling the environment here on the farm to thrive. We have also recently planted an acre of native wild flowers which is situated alongside the venue allowing our guests to enjoy the view and beautiful scent but more importantly our wildlife, insects and pollinators can thrive.
Importantly, we don't host back to back weddings, we believe that by hosting less weddings each year this helps keep our carbon footprint down as well as giving our farmland time to recuperate. A number of services are also available through the venue such as planning, styling, day management as well as a unique furniture and prop hire service, making planning for couples much easier and more streamline. By providing these services in-house we feel this is yet another way of lowering our emissions and being even more sustainable.
A number of areas of the venue are only mowed a small number of times a year, giving grasses and natural wild flowers the opportunity to grow organically throughout the summer months, this not only offers a natural habitat for wildlife and our pollinators, it also creates a beautiful setting for weddings to take place.
A number of young trees have also been planted around the venue and the farmland with many more scheduled for the coming years.
SHARING THE WORD...
As a venue owner I feel it important to try and encourage newly engaged couples as well as industry suppliers themselves to be more constructive in reducing the impact weddings are having on the environment and with just a little forward thinking and planning this can be done.
"This chic yet rustic shoot demonstrates just a few simple, yet hugely effective ways your wedding can be sustainable, beautiful and yet not effect your purse strings simply by choosing the right suppliers"
Firstly, and something I often say to couples is choose your suppliers carefully when planning your wedding.
Do your research and read their reviews.
Are they local to your chosen venue?
Do they have a sustainable ethos?
Here’s a little about why some of our predominantly Sussex based suppliers were specifically chosen for our 'Sustainability at the heart' shoot.
The Photography -
Sarah Carmody Photography Sarah was the perfect photographer for this shoot with her relaxed approach and artistic eye. Sarah loves nothing more than working with the natural light and surrounding environment to maximise the images she captures. This is clearly prominent in the woodland shots adding a touch of warmth. Her detail images of the floristry show skill in depicting the smallest of details. Sarah is a Sussex based wedding photographer and keen to work within the surrounding area thereby keeping her carbon footprint down.
The Floristry -
Made With Grace Floral Design – The floral design element was one of the most important aspects to this shoot so choosing the right florist was really significant to achieving the sustainable message I was keen to project. Grace has a very eco sensitive approach to her work and is a keen forager which to me made her ideal!
The floral design was heavily based on the changing of the season from summer into autumn and by incorporating a fresh element into a prominently dried design. This style of floristry lent itself perfectly towards the natural organic colour palette of a tipi wedding here at Wickerwood Farm. Many textured elements were incorporated using organic material foraged from local hedgerows and woodland floors. The fresh flowers were hand selected from local flower farms, many dried specifically for this shoot. No floral foam was used only natural mechanics making this a highly sustainable yet beautiful element to the shoot.
The Tipi -
Love Tipis My idea for including a tipi within this shoot was to bring elements of the organic outdoors 'inside' and by doing so showing how beautiful and atmospheric a wedding blessing can look under the stunning organic canvas of a tipi wedding here at Wickerwood Farm. This is also a great example of how a wedding blessing can look should it rain. Incorporating luxury seating provided by ourselves here at Wickerwood Farm brings an element of charm and sophistication.
The Stationery -
Lou Paper – Lou was specifically chosen due to her sustainable approach to her work. The stationery suite featured was printed on handmade paper that was created from raw, natural and recycled ingredients. Not only sustainable but it looked beautiful and felt organic to the touch, making it a joy to incorporate into the table scape.
The Tableware -
A Touch of Vintage – Something I’m hearing couples mention recently is they’d like to incorporate wooden plates and cutlery into their day as they feel it’s a sustainable option. However, by hiring crockery and glassware from a reputable hire company your using items that can be used time and time again with no waste. Companies such as A Touch of Vintage have a large collection of styles, therefore not only adding style to your table but couples can also rest assured nothing from their table will be ending up in landfill after their wedding and that’s got to be a good thing right?
The Cake Maker -
Love From Louisa – Louisa’s not only a fantastic and creative cake maker but her mindful approach to cake making really caught my eye! She uses organic ingredients locally and ethically sourced where possible.
When making her cakes she uses zero waste practices. These include composting and carefully calculated recipes to reduce excess waste. She aims to offset carbon on deliveries by donating to environmental causes that seek to rewild natural habitats and re-balance the environment. She also loves to work with and promote like minded sustainably led businesses such as ourselves to support local businesses in a circular model of sustainability.
The Bridalwear -
Reformation and Ghost London - If your working to a budget and your keen to help the planet then why not check out the online auction sites for your wedding outfit?
I sourced both outfits featured within this shoot this way, they were both brand new, tagged and a fraction of the price!
So there you have it, a little information about Wickerwood Farm's approach to being sustainable and a few things to look out for when choosing your suppliers for your wedding. Remember that by considering a more sustainable approach yourself and being conscious of your suppliers approach to weddings, you could be making a positive difference to the environment that doesn't effect the aesthetics of your wedding or your purse strings necessarily but by doing so your helping to cut back on the carbon emissions produced from your big day and that’s got to be a good thing. Every little helps!
Thanks for reading folks!
Big Love, Jude x
Full shoot team
Photography & coord | Sarah Carmody Photography
Venue, concept, coord, styling & prop hire | Wickerwood Farm
Tipi, table and chair hire | Love Tipis
Florist | Made with Grace Floral Design
Hair Stylist | Simply Beautiful wedding hair
Models | Naomi Faith & Dirico Fit Coaching
Stationer | Lou Paper
Cake Maker | Love From Luisa Cakes
Tableware | A Touch Of Vintage
Bell Tents | Beneath The Canopy
Bridal Wear | Ghost London Bridal & Reformation (Purchased from Auction Site)