Ethical weddings

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“Everytime we make a decision
we have the power to support
a practice that is sustainable
or one that is not”

— Bea Johnson

Marnie Hawson, ethical weddings for Pot and Pan

What is an ethical wedding?

It comes down to this: simply being mindful of what you spend your money on. 

For example, in my own work I only collaborate with people who have a strong commitment to the environmental and social impact of their business, and who constantly seek to improve their world.

Small choices can make a huge impact, such as supporting small businesses and local services, and considering sustainability in your decisions. It’s choices like these which will make your day extra special in so many ways.

As you consider the elements of your wedding, you’ll find this approach is not just about doing good for the sake of it. By taking more time and care with each decision, you’ll be more invested in your wedding day, as it will truly represent your values. Getting married is making a statement. This is your opportunity to make that statement one to be proud of.

What kinds of things can I do to make our wedding more ethical?

Here are just a few pointers. You can find more suggestions at Less Stuff More Meaning.


Take the time to find out the history of your diamonds, or buy from an ethical jeweller. Or go vintage! Rings with a story can carry great significance.


Does your venue use a carbon neutral energy supplier, such as Powershop? Do they give space to community groups, or are they just about profit?


The fact is fashion is not very sustainable. Consider going vintage, or at least determining where your clothes are made, and that no one is being exploited along the chain.


Go digital. Your friends will thank you for having all the information at their fingertips.


Are the products you’re going to use made naturally, and not tested on animals? It’s easy to find out.


Marnie Hawson, ethical wedding photographer for Acre of Roses Trentham. 





From what you’re wearing to equipment at the reception, so much can be hired and returned, eliminating unnecessary waste.


Simply ask your florist to ensure you’re using in-season flowers. And then think about donating your arrangements the next day to a community group who might appreciate your beautiful flowers.


Seasonal, organic and local are the words to remember (and vegetarian and vegan to be especially mindful). Keep the food miles low on your menu if possible.


Try to consider what you really need on your register, and favour fair-trade and eco-friendly options. A charity is also an ideal way to share the love.

Marnie Hawson, ethical wedding photographer for Jason Hewitt.