How to Green Your Wedding


How to Green Your Wedding. Weddings should be heartwarming—not global
warming. So how can you make your wedding a little
more environmentally friendly? You will need An eco-friendly bride and groom
A wedding web site A pre-owned wedding dress A great thrift store Eco-friendly guests A
local organic market Access to green transportation and a carbon calculator. Step 1. Planning a small wedding is greener than a
big wedding. Less waste, less transportation usage—and
it’s a great excuse not to invite the bazillion annoying people you’d rather not see. Step 2. Skip the paper invitations and direct your
guests to your wedding website. No dead trees. No waste. Very little energy consumption. To calculate the impact of your wedding, use
a wedding carbon calculator. There are a few online, such as the one at
“terrapass.com”:http://terrapass.com. Step 3. Wear a used wedding dress. Face it, it’s only been worn once or twice,
and you’ll give the kids in the sweatshop a day off. Step 4. Skip the hideous bridesmaids’ dresses, and
let the gals loose in a thrift store or their own closets. To go even greener, encourage them to do each
other’s hair and makeup, rather than traveling to a salon. Step 5. Rethink your wedding transportation. Ditch the limo and have the ceremony and reception
in the same place. Make sure it’s centrally located and accessible
to public transportation or other green means of transport. Buy carbon offset credits from a site like
“www.carbonfund.org”:http://www.carbonfund.org for every guests who flies in. Step 6. Imported flowers cost a lot of energy to grow
and ship. Instead use local, organically grown flowers. Better yet, use only rooted flowers and plants
and you’ll actually be making oxygen while you walk down the aisle. Step 7. Sign up for one of the many green gift registries,
like “gaiam.com”:http://gaiam.com or “vivaterra.com”:http://vivaterra.com. An even better idea is to ask your guests
to forgo gifts completely and make a donation to your favorite environmental group. Step 8. Skip your traditional honeymoon where you
fly to some Polynesian carbon orgy. Instead think of a romantic way to go totally
green. Travel by train, or go somewhere locally. Step 9. Make sure the menu for your reception is vegetarian
and comprised of only locally grown produce. Meat production is one of the most harmful
industries to the environment. Don’t overdo the catering. Food thrown into dumps is a major cause of
carbon emissions. Step 10. Make sure all your place settings are reusable. Step 11. To really make your wedding green, hop on
your bikes and elope to the nearest city hall. It not only saves the environment, it saves
tens of thousands of dollars, and a whole lot of hassle. Did you know The average wedding creates 14.5
tons of carbon dioxide.

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