Go Green! Make your special day environmentally friendly

Sharing your special day with your closest friends and family can become even more memorable if your plans incorporate consideration of the environment. There are a number of different ways to go green while creating the wedding of your dreams. Choose one or all of the following options to add a touch of green to your wedding! Begin with forming your team. Choose a wedding planner that shares your concern for the environment. Whether you want to go with a completely eco-friendly wedding or just add a few special touches, choose a planner that has a knowledge of green weddings and can suggest creative, yet simple ways to add green to your big day.

Choose a beautiful outdoor location in a natural setting to exchange your vows. Many resorts and venues have eco-friendly options, such as organic spas and catering alternatives. In addition, many resorts incorporate the natural setting into their décor and architecture, thus offering a variety of outdoor ceremony and reception locations that provide a beautiful backdrop for your glorious green wedding.

 

Keep it simple and fresh, yet innovative. By choosing a location that maintains an integral natural beauty, the cost of flowers and décor can be minimized. Flowering plants are also a great alternative to cut flower centerpieces. Guests can take the plants home at the end of the reception as a precious living remembrance of your wedding celebration.

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“Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue.” Get creative with recycling. Utilize family gems for wedding rings, recycle vintage wedding gowns, etc. Does Grandma have an old blue hankie to tuck inside your dress? Can you borrow Auntie’s wedding purse? These precious family heirlooms become all the more valuable when passed down from generation to generation. Arrange a family meeting (yours and your love’s family) to discuss what is available. You may very well be surprised by both the excitement this can generate among various family members and the resulting items, not to mention a greater level of closeness among the families. Plus, you’ve included the family elders in the planning process.

Treat yourself to a bit of rest and relaxation before your wedding day. When you and the girls think spa day, choose an organic spa. Consider organic beauty products, i.e.: beauty that’s more than skin deep. Not only is it good for the environment, but its great for your skin! There are a number of organic beauty products to use to glam up for the big day, which are made of natural minerals that look great as well.

Let the invitation say it all. Create an invitation that spreads your message of an environmentally friendly wedding. Start by using recycled papers and keep it simple by including only the necessary details. Additional information can be sent out via an e-newsletter or a wedding website, which saves time and paper.

If green is your thing, you can utilize the above suggestions to create a truly green wedding. With the addition of a green-conscious wedding planner, you can make it all happen smoothly, efficiently, and with a big environmental boost.

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