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Wedding Trends – Going Green

Posted on November 6th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Flowers, Wedding Invitations 3 Comments

Outdoor Wedding CeremonyAll around the world, people are “going green” in attempt to live their lives while respecting and protecting the environment.

The trend has carried over into wedding planning. And though many brides can’t imagine having an exclusively green wedding, complete with a hemp dress, there are many green elements that you can incorporate into your wedding planning.

Save The Trees
Work with a printing company that uses recycled paper and soy-based ink for wedding invitations, programs, menus and place cards.

Let There Be Light
Conserve electricity by scheduling your wedding into the daytime and using more natural light. Outdoor evening weddings can also be beautiful, utilizing plenty of candlelight. Be sure to choose a photographer that specializes in low-light photography!

Beautiful Blooms
Select flower arrangements or flowering plants that are locally grown. After the wedding, donate the arrangements to local hospitals or other care facilities.

Eat, Drink and Be Married
Incorporate locally grown organic foods, coffee and wine when planning your reception menu. You can also offer seafood options that are not depleted or endangered. Meatless hor d’oeuvres can also be delicious.

Paper or Plastic?
Neither. At your reception, use cloth napkins instead of paper. Work with a catering company that does not use plastic water bottles or, at the very least, recycles.

Getting There in Style
When choosing your wedding transportation, consider arriving at the church in a horse-drawn carriage. Not only is it extremely romantic, you won’t be using any fuel. When departing after the reception, select a hybrid vehicle rather than a gas-guzzling limousine or sports car.

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Comments (3)

  1. 1Liberty

    These are great, simple tips that any couple can incorporate into their special day.

    I especially love the natural light/candlelight idea. Everything seems more beautiful and romantic in candlelight, and the photos will be enchanting. Great ideas, here!

  2. 2Courtney

    I love these ideas too! I’ve just started getting into the whole “going green” thing, and I never realized that being environmentally friendly could also save you money! Definitely a good idea for an event like a wedding.

  3. 3Innkeeper Jason

    Excellent tips on going green for the wedding. We find that couples coming to Maine are searching for that “green experience” and these tips will be valuable to them. Will be sure to put you on our blogroll and link to your site, so our brides can benefit from your valuable advice.

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