Friday, July 18, 2008

Going Green, Part 3

Happy Friday everyone! Here are some other tips for making your even chic, yet green:

Reduce the amount of paper products and start with your invites…get a wedding website with directions and hotel accommodation information and only print the information out for those who don’t have access to a computer. Not only will you save some trees, you’ll also cut down on the cost of your invitations.While most wedding guests give the gift of money, which eliminates the need for extra waste, some guests will still provide you with an actual gift. Encourage guests to use recycled wrapping paper or recycled newspapers for gift wrap.Plan a “green” honeymoon at one of the top 10 Eco-Honeymoon Resorts, as listed by Brides.com: Turtle Island Resort in Fiji, Jungle Bay Resort & Spa in the West Indies, Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica, Six Senses Soneva Gili in the Republic of Maldives, Tiamo in the Bahamas, Chumbe Island Coral Park in Zanzibar, Tanzania, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, California, Maho Bay Camps in the Virgin Islands, Ranweli Holiday Village in Sri Lanka and the Uno Lodge in Chihuahua, Mexico.Reuse ceremony decorations and flowers to decorate your reception location. And when you’re big day is over, donate your flowers to local hospitals, convalescent homes or elderly care facilities. Organizations like Kindess Blooms started by Eclatante Designs and based out of Philadelphia are great resources in executing this concept. Don’t have an organization like this near you? Contact your local hospitals for details!

Instead of your caterer tossing leftover food, have them contact your local homeless shelter and donate the leftover food to a good cause.Use centerpieces or placecards that take on double duty as your favors!

Edible favors in earth friendly packaging leave nothing harmful for the environment.

Use soy based candles to light your ceremony and reception and skip the harsh lighting altogether. Candlelight adds such a soft magical glow, that its hard to go wrong with this option.

What I can’t consume, reuse or recycle, I’ll rent. Use vendors that are committed to protecting the environment.

We encourate all of our readers to share their green wedding experiences with us! We'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this matter!

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