Green Weddings

Plan an environmentally friendly wedding

You've found the love of your life. You both like the same music, the same leisure activities and you both share a passion for the environment. So when it comes to planning the most important day of your life, the logical choice is to make it green.

Like all wedding themes, you can take baby steps to make your special day just a little more green, or you can go all-out and throw a completely organic wedding. Either way, you'll display your shared values to your guests and make your green wedding an inspiration to others.

Planning the Wedding

One of the simplest things you can do to make your wedding environmentally responsible is to print your wedding invitations on recycled paper. Given the sheer amount of paper used to plan a wedding, choosing 100 percent recycled paper, partially recycled paper or paper made from compounds like hemp, bamboo or organic cotton add an exotic touch to your wedding while promoting your green-conscious values. You can use these specialty paper products for your announcements, invitations, thank you cards, programs and place cards. Choosing recycled wedding invitations has the potential to save an entire tree.

One of the basic tenets of the green lifestyle is to reuse. Many online shops and boutiques specialize in recycled wedding gowns, and you'll even find familiar brand names among the offerings. Alternatively, you could buy a dress that you'll wear again and encourage your bridal party to do the same. If you're really looking to make a statement, look into pure organic wedding dresses, like hemp wedding dresses, which you can find through specialty retailers. Hunt down organic cotton dress shirts and leather-free shoes for a unified yet environmentally conscious look for organic weddings.

You and your betrothed may also want to consider environmentally responsible wedding rings to represent your lifelong love for Mother Nature and each other. Buying new diamond rings or gold bands supports some of the dirtiest, most exploitative businesses in the world. Vintage jewelry or fair-trade rings make socially conscious alternatives for green weddings.

Tips for After the Wedding

Pay it forward by allowing someone else a chance at your goodies. Donate your wedding dress or bridal gowns to projects that will reuse them; low-income teenagers might wear recycled wedding gowns to their proms, and cash-strapped brides can save money while looking lovely at the altar.

Make sure all uneaten food is donated to local charities or soup kitchens so you can share your joyous day with those less fortunate. Organic wedding cakes are also a nice touch, and many bakeries are happy to accommodate such special requests to make your wedding day that much better for you and your betrothed.

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