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Celebrate in a more green way locally. There are numerous local, family run, independent restaurants and pubs in Shrewsbury, and also more adventurous and craft activities on offer that are kind to the environment, that might be fun.

balloons and sky lanterns

Balloons, when let go of, fall back to earth and can be ingested by grazing animals, birds or marine creatures, so the Marine Conservation Society http://www.mscuk.org suggests we don't use balloons.

Sky lanterns similarly cause fires and litter and sometimes havoc when they fall back to land.  http://www.littlecherry.co.uk is a company which sells biodegradeable party products and balloons.

For more creative, and less harmfull ways of celebrating see  http://www.balloonsblow.org

Barnardos Brides by Appointment

See and try on 'pre-loved' wedding gear of all kinds, for bridesmaids, etc.

52 New St.,
Wellington,
Telford
01952 247187

British Humanist Association

For funerals, weddings and namings, the British Humanist Association can put you in touch with local celebrants.

Jewellery

There may be some family jewellery, or buy from antique shops or commission local skilled crafts people to make bespoke jewellery, 
or choose ethically-mined and sold gold - this makes a lot of difference to the lives of miners and their communities.

Transport

Often cars are hired to drive a couple of people and their guests just a few miles - using a more environmentally friendly option can also save money. If the venue is less than a mile, why not walk? Alternatively use public transport,  or a horse and carriage.  See Getting Around section.
Wellington horse and carriage

01952 456 719