Bride Kim Woolnough made it her mission to have a virtually waste-free wedding when she tied the knot with her now-husband Dan in April.
"We didn’t want to waste a single thing, so everything had been recycled in some way," the bride said.
The Durham, U.K. couple spent £3,000 pounds (about $4,000) on the occasion thanks to some creativity and their thrifty spirit. For the wedding meal, they teamed up with the Real Junk Food Project, an organization that creates meals from food past its “sell by” date that grocery stores and bakeries would have otherwise thrown away.
“Some of our guests thought it was a bit weird that we were having out-of-date food for the wedding breakfast but everyone said it was really tasty,” the bride said.
The meal consisted of tomato and red pepper soup, followed by vegetable curry or pasta and a number of desserts. At the end of the day, the Woolnoughs encouraged guests to bring home any leftovers.
The bride found her wedding dress on online classifieds website Gumtree for $105.
“I had a few alterations made so that it fit me, but the lady was so glad that the dress was going to be used again,” Woolnough said.
Even the wedding rings, purchased on Etsy, were made of reused metals. To save paper, the couple sent out their save-the-dates via email. The invitations were made from recycled paper.
Brides and grooms in other parts of the world are making similar efforts to reduce wedding waste. Earlier this year, Australian couple Kat Kleu and Michael Malone threw an “organic” wedding, which consisted of recycled tables and chairs, homebrewed beer and eco-friendly confetti made from flower petals.
“They just really were about having it as organic as possible, and just leaving the natural beauty of the surrounds to speak for itself,” wedding photographer Mitch Pohl said.
In 2015, Melissa Castaneda and her husband Benjamin Turner planned a multi-day wedding camp out in the woods of Mendocino, California that included many recycled and DIY elements.