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Having a wedding? Why not have a day where you show your love of you and your special someone and share some love with Earth? An Eco-Friendly wedding is the answer!
Here are some ways you can go green on your wedding day and have an eco-friendly wedding.
Eco-friendly invites: There are a lot of great resources out there to use electronic invites.(Such as evites.com). It’s fast, eco-friendly, and best of all not time consuming. IF you must use paper then you can use recycled paper to print out invites. Some things to remember when buying paper is to make sure the paper hasn’t been through any kind of bleaching process. You could even try using cotton or hemp to create a unique invite for your special day. As for good ink choices for your printing purposes they even make ink out of soy!
Location: The place chosen for your wedding can also make a difference to the environment. A central wedding location that requires minimal travel for most guests will save on carbon emissions. Booking a venue that can host the wedding ceremony and reception will further reduce carbon emissions. Art galleries, botanical gardens, eco-friendly restaurants, hotels and parks are all excellent choices. Try and encourage native suppliers to provide for your wedding. You could have a carpooling system to save on emissions. An antique and vintage touch could be added by traveling to the venue in a horse drawn carriage. Plus it saves on carbon dioxide emissions!
Decorations: Avoid using floral foam. It is composed of phenol and formaldehyde which are poisonous to the environment. Use fresh flowers which are organically produced. Try not to use paraffin wax candles. Instead use beeswax or soy varieties as they are more eco-friendly. If these are too expensive for you then try opting for candles which are free of fragrances. Organic, locally grown flowers for bouquets and centerpieces offer a fresh, seasonal touch. Flower arrangements used at the wedding can perform double duty by being moved to the reception. Potted plants also make lovely arrangements and can be transplanted outdoors after the wedding or can serve as gifts that guests can take home.
Wedding ring material: Most people prefer gold as the metal of choice in their wedding ring. However, silver represents a better choice. A lot of unethical practices happen in gold mining. By not buying such rings you are showing your solidarity against such practices. Try to avoid using diamonds and use some other gemstone instead. However, if a diamond is a must make sure it is certified to ensure there are no blood-diamonds involved. Vintage jewelry is also enjoying resurgence in popularity as brides and grooms opt to purchase estate jewelry or wear wedding rings that have been passed down from a family member.For those who truly want guilt-free glitter, there are a number of retailers who offer recycled gold for wedding bands and the like. Concerned about a lackluster green ring? Worry not. Recycled gold, which is melted and re-refined, is the same quality as newly-mined gold.
Your wedding dress: I’m sure there have been plenty of people you know(friends, family) that have had a wedding already that have there old dress that can easily be tailored for you to use at your wedding. If that isn’t your route then you could get a wedding gown made of organic silk, cotton, hemp etc. Try to avoid using materials manufactured out of acetate or polyester. These send out static electricity, consume a lot of energy and cause out-gassing as well.
The wedding menu: Try using organic produce as much as possible when deciding the menu for your wedding day. Make sure no artificial flavors or sweeteners are being added. Use fair trade coffee varieties and use glassware which has been recycled. If you are having the wedding ceremony in a countryside setting getting organic produce can be tedious. So try getting produce from the local farms to have an au-naturale wedding!
Wedding cake: You could try contacting an organic baker who specializes in creating organic wedding cakes. If you are the do-it-yourself type you could bake your own cake in the oven! Make sure you use only ingredients procured through fair trade means.
Wedding Gifts: In addition to brick and mortar stores, there are also websites specializing in eco-friendly products. These offer a wide range of products including some hard to find items. There is an argument against buying from internet stores and instead buying locally, thus reducing the miles a product has traveled before its end destination. As with so many aspects of green living, this is very much a personal decision. So remember if buying from a store purchase locally and if buying online buy from an eco-friendly e-store. Don’t know where to find one? There’s a link on the front page of the site and you can even use a green search engine(a search engine that donates back the money to offset their carbon footprint) to find one.
Your honeymoon: Try to select an eco-friendly spa or resort as your honeymoon venue. If you are on a tight budget then you could even travel to a locale near your house! Eco-friendly tours, green hotel resorts, simple outdoor adventures, volunteer work for a preservation project — green honeymoons run the gamut and cater to a variety of preferences and budgets. From relaxing and luxuriant to active and outdoorsy, newlyweds can take their dream green vacation that celebrates the beginning of their new life together and the future of our planet.
There are some great eco friendly wedding books on the market to help you plan the perfect green wedding!
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