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Have an Eco-Friendly Wedding

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Your wedding day should be one of the happiest and most memorable days of your life. If you are interested in doing things the “green” way, it can also be an eco-friendly day. With some creativity and planning, your wedding can reflect your desire to help the planet and maybe it will even inspire your guests. Here are ideas on how you can make your wedding day a wonderfully green day, too.

- Dresses – the bride and bridesmaids can wear dresses that are made from organic hemp and silk blends. This kind of fabric has a lovely sheen and hangs beautifully. Or, if you are having a warm weather wedding, you could have beautiful floaty sundresses made from organic cotton. Another option is to wear a pre-owned wedding dress. You can find gorgeous bridal gowns and other dresses at resale and consignment shops – how’s that for recycling and reusing?
- Flowers – Use cut flowers that were grown locally by organic growers. Most cut flowers leave a legacy of toxicity with all the fertilizers, chemicals and fuel that is used to grow them and get them to market. You could grow your own flowers in a garden and have an artistic friend or florist fashion bouquets from them. You could also be very traditional and use herbs for the bouquets, boutonnières and centerpieces. Herbs can be grown easily in your organic garden or inside if it’s winter.
- Serve organic food and drink. Many caterers are adding organic fare to their menus, and you can find menus that are also vegetarian or vegan. Serve organic wine for the toast to the bride and groom, and fair trade coffee as well. See about purchasing locally grown food, too.
- Send invitations that are made from recycled paper and don’t cram all the extra stuff in with it, such as a response card – ask people to confirm by phone or email and put someone reliable in charge of collecting the RSVPs.
- Give favors such as soy candles, organic candies, organic seed cards or organic honey or preserves.
- Forego the limo, or at least use a hybrid vehicle to transport the wedding party.
- Use soy candles for soft lighting at the wedding and for pictures.
- Keep the wedding local. Use local businesses for your caterer, photographer, etc. Have your wedding in a backyard, garden, nature center or park.
- Choose wedding jewelry that is made from recycled metals and non-conflict or lab created stones. Or use family jewelry.
- Honeymoon close to home and save the energy expenditure of jetting off to far-away places.

A green wedding isn’t difficult to plan, but it might take a bit more creative thinking and research than if you are doing it the “old-fashioned” way. If you are intent on reflecting your green values even on your wedding day, good for you! You will feel even better about this important day knowing that you did your part to respect our Earth.

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