It’s the day that many couples dream of. Walking down the aisle with the one you want to spend the rest of your life with, surrounded by the people who mean the most to you.
You’ve planned the ceremony and sent out the invites, now it’s time to create a reception to remember! This is where you can let your imagination run wild, with an endless choice of themes that you can follow. If you are conscious of looking after the environment, you could run with an eco-friendly reception, which is a re-imagining of the shabby-chic style. Being eco-friendly has become increasingly popular in recent years, as we become more aware of the world around us, therefore keeping your reception perfectly on-trend.
A beautiful doyley will look fantastic in replacement of the traditional place mat. They are incredibly decorative and completely recyclable, which will make the clean up afterwards that much easier. Available in many different sizes, you can use one size for the plate settings and larger ones for the food trays, particularly good if you are having a buffet style meal. A set of Round Doilies is also an affordable way to decorate your reception tables.
Paper napkins are a great way to add an economical touch to your reception. Buying them in bulk will save you money, which you can then put towards the food. Available in a wide range of colours, you can choose the perfect shade of napkin to suit your wedding colour scheme. A 2 Ply Pink Napkin for example, will match flowers, ties and bridesmaid dresses for a stylish and classic wedding. Recyclable and eco-friendly, there will also be less laundry at the end of the day!
Keeping with the environmentally friendly theme, get back to nature with some Wooden Cutlery. Made from biodegradable material, they are sanded to a smooth finish and will suit your eco-friendly theme down to the ground, becoming an interesting talking point at the reception table. Compliment them by adding woodland style flower arrangements as a centrepiece to the table. Presenting the arrangements in mason jars would be a beautiful way to add to the recycling theme.
Paper plates are a great choice for an eco-friendly reception. They are a simple, yet fully recyclable serving accessory which are easily compostable and great for people to carry around, especially if you're after a more relaxed feel to your reception. It will reduce the risk of breakage and ensure that the clean up is at a minimum, leaving you to enjoy the start of married life, rather than worry about the state of your venue.
Cups are crucial for your reception table, not only so your guests can drink to accompany your delicious wedding dinner, but so they can make a toast to your new life. In keeping with your eco-friendly theme, a Mixed Design Bamboo Disposable Cup is not only stylish, but is compostable too. These are made of bamboo and not paper, making a shabby-chic addition to your table, whilst ensuring you are using completely green and sustainable materials.
Bubble Waffle Cones
For an eco-friendly serving suggestion that is in keeping with the latest food craze, choose a Bubble Waffle Paper Kraft Cone! You’ll not only be able to serve your guests bubble waffles, but the versatile cones can hold fries, churros and any other finger foods that you wish. It is a unique and fun way to present food, adding an extra special touch to your theme. The cones are stylishly designed and are also recyclable.
If you are planning to offer gifts to guests or to bridesmaids and best men, a stylish paper bag will be the perfect way to present to them in an eco-friendly way. You can once again choose to match your colour scheme, such as with a Brown Kraft Carrier. This is not only strong and value for money, but is 100% recyclable. It will be a lovely touch to round off the celebrations, whilst in keeping with your overall theme.
Deciding to undertake an eco-friendly theme does not mean you have to compromise on style or functionality. It can be a fun, unique and creative way to design your reception, whilst saving time, effort, money and the planet all on your special day.