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Photo by  Love Her Photography via  Indie Autumnal Wedding Inspiration 

The famous primatologist Jane Goodall once said: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

It’s the quote that stayed firmly with me as we headed into Polka Dot Groom’s Green Issue this month. So how can grooms ensure their wedding impacts their guests positively but avoids impacting the environment negatively? Let’s face it, sometimes it’s not easy being green especially when there’s a wedding to plan. There’s transportation, food, presents, invites and outfits that often only get worn once.

The good news is: a bit of planning can go a long way and you don’t have to sacrifice your dream wedding. I’ve had a hunt around for some environmentally friendly wedding suppliers so you can give a little love to the planet while you say ‘I do’.

Wedding favours

How many weddings have you been to where the wedding favours are little trinkets that, although they’re well-meaning, you will actually never use and probably end up throwing in the bin? HEAPS!

Things like stubbie holders, picture frames and pretty much everything wrapped in plastic. Hello, landfill!

There are plenty of options for more sustainable wedding favours for your guests.

I’ve been to a wedding where the entire centrepiece of the reception was mini-potted plants. It looked amazing and at the end of the night, guests got to choose one and take it home. Brilliant! Succulents, in particular, make a great low maintenance plant. Potted herbs are also a great idea and will make your wedding reception smell delicious.

If you’ve got lots of interstate guests you might want to consider other eco-friendly options including charity donations, seed packs or flower bulbs your guests can plant when they get home or even small edible treats (in recyclable packaging of course).

Photo by Beck Rocchi Photography via Cheryl & John’s Modern Elegant Melbourne Wedding

Cut back on the confetti

Those photos as you walk down the aisle as a newly married couple with your relatives attacking adorning you with confetti will be among your most treasured, no doubt. They capture the sheer joy in those moments immediately after your nuptials. However, throwing a bunch of paper in the air isn’t ideal for the environment and is in fact banned in a number of gardens around the country. With a bit of creativity though, you don’t need to sacrifice your post-first kiss Kodak moment. Freeze dried rose petals are the way of the future in terms of confetti.

Simply Rose Petals is a Victorian-based family-run freeze dried rose petal business shipping rose petals to lovers all over the country. I used them for my own wedding – excellent for the environment and they looked great. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option – you can also try making your own confetti with a hole punch and some fallen leaves!

Reduce food wastage

No one wants to have a wedding where people go home hungry but there can be so much food wastage at the end of the night when you accidentally over-cater. Seems like a lose-lose, right? Well you can also find a venue or caterer that donates leftover food to a food bank. Instead of going in the bin, your leftover munchies can go to the needy.

Not sure where to start? OzHarvest has a handy list of suppliers that donate to its cause to point you in the right direction.

Photo by Aleksandar Jason Weddings via Eileen & Oliver’s Intimate Wye River Wedding

The Suit

Are you the kind of groom who doesn’t don a suit too often? Is your wedding suit likely to hang in the back of your wardrobe gathering dust after your big day? There’s an easy option here: hire a suit. And yes, I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences hiring suits (hellloooo clown pants). But there are some great options out there. Formal Red suit hire starts at $165 and includes alterations and dry cleaning.

If you’re looking to purchase some items Ethical Clothing Australia lists a bunch of brands on its website you can check out. Ethical Clothing Australia is an accreditation body working with local textile, clothing and footwear companies to ensure their local Australian supply chains are transparent and legally compliant.

One which will interest grooms is the Australian-owned ensign, which makes customised ties, formal wear, accessories and fashion neckwear.

Ms Zebra Says: These are all great ideas to lower the impact your wedding can have on the environment. It may seem small, however if we all keep trying to reduce the negative impact, a lot of good can come of it!

About Mr Houndstooth: I am a happily married man. I enjoy a fine whisky, a new suit and swashbuckling around town with my beautiful bride. Looking back on my wedding day always makes me smile, even though it began to rain just as I said ‘I do’.

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In a vintage inspired day at Belvoir Homestead, Ben and Kathryn celebrated with friends and family. The property providing the perfect backdrop, met with perfect dappled light and a gorgeous vista. Kathryn, reflecting on the special occasion, remarks on Ben’s outfit choices which included a subtly textured, moden suit with a classic white rosebud buttonhole:

He went with charcoal grey to soften the look, with thin black ties to try and give a James Bond look.

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Rules are made for breaking and this is especially the case when it comes to the modern world of menswear. This has become even truer with creative weddings becoming more and more trendy. As custom becomes the “it” word in 2019 fashion, all you need to do is walk down the street to find unique looks, quirks and eye-catching outfits that accommodate the fashion palette of those who wish to create their own spin on style.

The traditional and timeless tuxedo, however, has always been one of those outfits for which it has been harder to break through the mould. With the standard look being a black canvas, a white shirt, and of course, satin lapels, a room full of tuxedos can often mean that it’s difficult to stand out in a wedding group – and show off your true style.

At InStitchu, individuality is the key to successful styling, and we love a challenge, especially in the name of taking on tradition. In our showrooms, we have met brave men who are beginning to mix in some subtle patterns, some new-age colours and fabrics with a twist. Below are a few pointers on what you can change, and what to keep when constructing and creating the tuxedo to make you, you.

A Twist on the Canvas

Tuxedos are generally black, navy or a midnight blue – this is what tradition and the time of the tuxedo has taught us so far. You will find in 2019 that men are venturing out to brighter colours. From orange to green to brown, mixing up the canvas is the boldest move when twisting up the classic tuxedo. For those who wish to edge into the waters instead of diving straight in, feel free to keep to dark tones, and instead opt into subtle patterns of the same shade, such as paisley or houndstooth.

Adapting to your Surroundings

With its beautiful construction and the way it exudes timeless class, the tuxedo is a garment that deserves to be shown. And it is now venturing outside to outdoor weddings, when traditionally, these suits have been worn inside. The trick is to switch and swap around – when wearing the tuxedo in a not-so-black tie wedding setting, feel free to wear the jacket with flannel trousers, opt for a velvet smoking jacket, or switch up the shirt (if you are in a much more casual setting) by wearing a once that is not the traditional white.

Images by Eugene Shorter

Keep the Fit

Something that we cannot begin to emphasise enough (the thing that we are extremely passionate about at InStitchu): you need a tuxedo with the perfect fit. The tuxedo is a garment that boasts sharp construction and when worn correctly, there is almost no other garment more flattering on a man – James Bond didn’t attract all his female friends by wearing a tweed jacket. For a tuxedo that is flattering, impressive and makes you feel your best, ensure that you go custom and tailored rather than off the rack. There are a variety of cuts and lapel types to go for, however for larger men, we recommend a single-breasted jacket, and for slimmer men, we recommend double-breasted jackets which will accentuate the shoulders and a cut that cinches in towards the waist area. A peak lapel is the most traditional option and is flattering for most body types, especially shorter men.

At InStitchu, we have designed suits with linings of cocktail glasses and circus clowns, we love to break away from the traditional silk tie, and each suit we create is different according to each man’s body type. Customisation and breaking away from tradition go hand in hand. With weddings around the year, there is no better time to take on tradition and spruce up your own version of the tuxedo; do keep the satin lapel (this is the backbone of the tuxedo), but play around with the rest, and you may find yourself best dressed.