How to plan a sustainable wedding

Eco-Friendly Weddings in the Lake District: How to Plan a Sustainable Celebration

Planning a wedding can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially if you're aiming to keep it eco-friendly. The Lake District, with its stunning natural beauty and commitment to sustainability, is an ideal location for a sustainable wedding.

At Lake District Country Hotels, we see a number of frequently asked questions about how to plan a sustainable wedding. We’ve pulled them together with answers to help you plan a sustainable, eco-friendly wedding here.

1. Why choose the Lake District for an eco-friendly wedding?

The Lake District is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, lush greenery, and pristine lakes. It’s committed to preserving its natural beauty through sustainable practices, making it an excellent choice for couples looking to minimise their environmental footprint while celebrating their special day.

2. What should I consider when choosing a venue?

When selecting a venue, look for places that prioritise sustainability. Many venues in the Lake District are dedicated to eco-friendly practices such as using renewable energy sources, recycling waste, and sourcing local, organic produce. Consider venues that offer outdoor spaces to reduce the need for artificial lighting and heating. Additionally, venues with accommodation can help reduce travel emissions for your guests.

This is something that we at Lake District Country Hotels deem a huge priority among our venues. From reducing our waste through reuse and recycling, as well as employing energy-saving methods like bulbs and having our own vegetable and herb gardens, we strive to be as sustainable as possible. 

3. How can I make my wedding invitations eco-friendly?

By choosing digital invitations, you eliminate paper waste entirely. If you prefer traditional invitations, choose recycled paper or paper that contains seeds and can be planted to grow flowers. Ensure that your printer uses eco-friendly inks. You can also include a wedding website to provide additional details and updates, further reducing the need for paper and increasing your wedding’s sustainability.

4. What are some sustainable catering options?

Choose a caterer who prioritises local, organic, and seasonal ingredients. This not only supports local farmers but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with transporting food. Consider a vegetarian or vegan menu, as these options typically have a lower environmental impact. All of our menus here at Lake District Country Hotels encompass the above, utilising the freshest local ingredients to ensure you have a delicious wedding breakfast to suit you and your guests.  Ensure that leftovers are composted or donated to reduce food waste. 

5. How can we reduce waste at our wedding?

Minimise waste by renting or borrowing items instead of buying new ones. This includes décor, tableware, and even your wedding dress. For decorations, use natural materials such as flowers, foliage, and wood, which can be composted or reused. Encourage guests to bring reusable items like water bottles and provide recycling bins at the venue.

Eco-friendly wedding favours such as a water bottle instead of one-use plastic cups or seeds to plant and spread wildlife can also help your wedding be more sustainable and eco-conscious.

6. What are some eco-friendly options for wedding attire?

Consider purchasing a pre-loved or vintage wedding dress or even renting one. Another option is choosing a sustainable wedding dress or suit made from fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo. For the bridal party, select outfits that can be worn again for other occasions. Support local designers who focus on sustainable wedding fashion practices.

7. How can we make our wedding transportation more sustainable?

Encourage guests to carpool or use public transport to reach the venue for sustainable wedding travel. Some couples even arrange group transport, such as buses, to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. For a truly unique and eco-friendly touch, consider arriving at your ceremony by bicycle, horse-drawn carriage, or even on foot if the venue is nearby.

8. What should we consider for sustainable wedding favours?

Choose favours that are either edible, reusable, or biodegradable. Popular options include local honey, seeds for planting, or handmade soaps. Avoid plastic packaging and opt for recyclable or compostable materials instead. You can also make a charitable donation on behalf of your guests as a meaningful and sustainable alternative.


At Lake District Country Hotels, we guarantee sustainability and environmental governance at our hotels. By booking one of our scenic locations, you can be assured that your wedding venue is eco-conscious. Check out our venues and explore our packages.