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A green wedding opts for an environmentally-friendly alternative to each element of the celebration, from invitations to the dress and the cake.  Many couples who go green in their wedding planning already recycle their glass, paper and plastic, shop for organic food at farmers’ markets and conserve energy at home, and they want to extend their earth-conscious values to their big day.

The first thing on the to-do list is to find ways to shrink the event’s carbon footprint by minimizing long distance travel for guests, and finding products that emphasize recycled over new.  So, the smaller the guest list, the smaller the impact on the environment.

Choosing Your Venue                                       

The greenest venue is the one closest to your guests as the location will determine how many people will have to fly or drive long distances.   Outdoor venues like a park or botanical garden provide their own natural beauty, which minimizes the need for decorations.   You may choose an art gallery or museum, as it gives back to the community.  Daytime weddings also save on electric power.

The Invitation

You can save trees by having your invitations made of recycled paper, or avoid paper altogether by sending word of your nuptials by email.  Although etiquette experts frown on electronic invitations, they approve of other paper-free communication through wedding Web sites. On these sites, you can post directions to the wedding location, link to your registry and give other information to guests.

The Registry

In the spirit of avoiding waste, you may suggest that guests give practical and philanthropic gifts, such as a donation to your honeymoon expense or to an animal shelter.  If you can’t forgo your presents, suggest green items and opt for no gift wrap!

The Dress

You can wear your Mother’s gown, or buy a second-hand gown on Craigslist or eBay.   However, if you choose to buy new, after the wedding consider selling or donating it to a charity.  An extremely touching way of recycling your dress is to use it to make christening outfits for your children.  You can always opt to wear a party dress or evening gown that can be worn again and again after your wedding.



The Reception

Buy Local!  By doing this it means that food, flowers and decorations won’t have to be shipped from far, avoiding unnecessary transportation related carbon emissions.   Choose a seasonal menu, rent your china and linens, pare down the courses, and choose a seated dinner rather than a buffet, which requires more plates and utensils (people go back for seconds, using another plate thus more water to wash them).  If you have party favors, a donation to a favorite cause in the name of the guest or organic chocolate, are popular options.  And if you are having a party favor, consider a donation to a favorite cause in the name of the guest or edibles such as organic chocolate.

With more than 2 million marriages taking place in the United States each year, many couples see value in the cumulative and ripple effect of a green wedding, including supporting eco-friendly products and services while inspiring friends and family to follow you along a greener path.

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