Wedding

15 ways to Green Your Wedding

Increasingly, couples are committing to the planet when they walk down the aisle by sending out invitations made from recycled paper, toasting with organic bubbly, and offsetting their air travel. Despite fluctuating marital trends, green weddings appear to be in it for the long run.

  1. Choose conflict-free diamonds

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    Before popping the big question, consider the contents of that little box. Conflict diamonds are associated with illicit trade practices, human rights violations, and disregard for the environment.

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  2. Buy recycled wedding invitations

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    Set the tone for your green wedding by summoning guests with stylish and sustainable invites crafted from recycled paper.

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  3. Choose an eco-friendly wedding venue

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    Deciding where you'll say "I do" and hold the reception represents a critical first step in planning your green wedding.

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  4. Buy a vintage wedding dress

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    Something old, something new, something borrowed, something renewed. Make an eco-fashion statement by walking down the aisle in a chic wedding gown from yesteryear.

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  5. Buy an eco-friendly wedding dress

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    And the bride wore green...While on the prowl for glamorous gowns, consider a dress made from sustainable materials like organic cotton, bamboo, or hemp. Or, have a dress custom made with the eco-friendly fibers of your choice.

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  6. Choose vintage jewelry

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    From the rings on their fingers to the diamonds in their ears, you don't have to look too far to find brides decked out in retro bling.

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  7. Choose an organic caterer

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    A proper wedding fête wouldn't be complete without a feast. Hire a caterer that specializes in organic and local fare to feed your hungry guests.

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  8. Choose eco-friendly dinnerware over paper plates and plastic cups

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    Kick the disposable habit! Forego paper plates and plastic cups and other throw-aways in favor of reusable dinnerware for your next big event.

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  9. Buy organic flowers

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    Every bride-to-be has a particular (sometimes stringent) floral scheme planned for their big day. Make sure pesticide-free blooms play a part in the wedding decor master plan.

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  10. Choose eco-friendly candles

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    Along with flowers, candles also play a significant decorative roll in weddings. Instead of paraffin-based varieties, choose candles made with soy, palm oil, or beeswax. These candles provide the same romantic glow, last longer, and don't emit harmful toxins.

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  11. Choose eco-friendly decorations and party favors

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    Wedding staples like confetti, balloons, and streamers can play the role of environmentally dangerous guest at your wedding. Choose eco-friendly decorations that'll knock the green socks off your guests.

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  12. Hire a green limo or car service

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    Seeking a post-wedding chauffeur or heading to the airport for your honeymoon holiday? Hire eco-friendly wheels.

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  13. Choose environmentally friendly gifts

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    Whether you're a bride creating an eco-themed registry or a guest on the prowl for a memorable green present, there's no shortage of gifts that will add a stylish and sustainable touch to any new nest. Charitable gifts are also an option.

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  14. Plan an eco-friendly honeymoon

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    Start your life together with a green honeymoon—an ideal union of romance and concern for the planet.

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  15. Buy carbon offsets

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    Celebrate your big day in carbon-neutral style. Offsets help neutralize emissions from guest travel, as well as your ceremony, reception, and honeymoon—all while supporting eco-friendly projects.

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Comments

12/11/2008
2:57am
DDAVIS

DO YOU HAVE PAPER DINNERWARES AND EATING UTENSILS IN GOLD AND WHITE NOT YELLOW INTERESTING THE COLOR IN COLOR LIKE JEWELRY GOLD

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