Kate and Tim's eco friendly wedding + tips


This post is from the Celia Grace blog, we thought it was useful and lovely (and the pic is just gorgeous!) so just had to share it!

Kate x Tim: Real bride Kate talks about her recent wedding to husband Tim and how she incorporated sustainability throughout her special day,

A dash of DIY, a sprinkle of fair trade, a large dollop of humanity, two teaspoons of sustainability, and a cup of eco are all that I needed to plan my ethical wedding in February this year. As an eco-living and loving individual, I strive to live my life in a way that respects people and the planet, and I was not going to let my wedding become the exception. So, I ditched Pinterest, became best friends with the thrift shop ladies, and began to plan a fun, festival-like, eco wedding.

Here’s how I did it:

Dash of DIY

I used to associate DIY weddings with tacky plastic centerpieces, stodgy casseroles, and awkward first dances in overpopulated garages. Now when I think of DIY weddings, I think of freedom! When you choose to do-it- yourself, your whole world opens to thousands of possibilities! Yes, it takes more time and energy, but the feeling afterwards when you look around and remember how you made or sort out each and every thing, is something I will never forget. Growing my own flowers (thanks dad), choosing unique thrift store glasses, collecting fun picnic blankets, and making my own candles out of second-hand glass bowls were just a few of the things I did to make my wedding not only cheaper, but full of life, colour, and stories!


A sprinkle of fair trade

The wedding industry is booming. The amount of jobs it creates and money it circulates, is phenomenal. But unfortunately, not all trade in the wedding world is fair. It was important for Tim (my husband) and I to know that every person who inputed into our wedding, no matter how far away, was acknowledged and paid appropriately for their skills and hard work. We encouraged our bridal team to wear whatever they wanted, even something they already owned, and directed them towards fair-trade shops such as People Tree and KowTow. Tim wore a Thought shirt, and of course, I wore a Celia Grace dress. Choosing a Celia Grace wedding dress was an important choice for me, and I couldn’t have imagined walking down the aisle in anything else. Knowing that my dress was made by someone who could be proud of their handiwork, comfortable whilst making it, and paid a wage which properly represented their hard work, was incredibly empowering.


Dollop of humanity

Imagine if every bride and groom decided to give back to their local or global community in some shape or form. The impact would be incredible. Through my work with Less Stuff-More Meaning, Tim and I found the Offspring Project. The Offspring project rescue women and children who are abused and trafficked, and equip, support, and empower them. They made us a throw which was displayed at our wedding, and now sits at the end of our bed to remind us of our special day, and that we are not isolated, but responsible for looking after our global community.


Two teaspoons of sustainability

Sustainability is all about consuming resources at a feasible rate which avoids taking away our natural resources, and ensures an ongoing ecosystem. At our wedding, this looked like buying second-hand and reducing the demand for ‘stuff’, sustainably sourced napkins, and borrowing things from fairy lights to bamboo poles which hung preloved bunting.


A cup of eco

Compostable cups, organic desserts, no straws in sight, and hardly a scrap sent to landfill… eco heaven! There are so many eco alternatives now days, so this was the part I found most easy. Our guests were educated by our MCs on separating their food scraps and recycling, and our lovely eco-friendly food trucks had the bins to make it a smooth and easy process. A key helpful tip: assess each aspect of the day, and think “how can I make this eco-friendlier, or could we even just go without?”


A dash of DIY, a sprinkle of fair trade, a large dollop of humanity, two teaspoons of sustainability, and a cup of eco are all YOU need to plan your ethical wedding.



Photographer www,estersiraky.co.nz @estersirakyphotography

Bride @kategumbrell - Ethically Kate