Are you planning your big day, looking for ways to make it memorable while also being good for the planet? Sit back, relax, take a deep breath…we’ve got just the thing that’s going to get the ball rolling. It’s no secret that the $70 billion wedding industry is seeing more and more signs of eco-friendly sensibilities taking root. Books about green weddings are showing up all the time.
From Michelle Kozin’s “Organic Weddings”, Carol Reed-Jones’ “Green Weddings That Don’t Cost the Earth” to Emily Anderson’s “Eco-Chic Weddings” – and of course, let’s not forget the current issue of the bridal magazine The Knot that features a special section on green weddings. Are you looking for a place to register, register for wedding gifts with a socially and environmentally responsible company like Gaiam (800/869-3603). Gaiam offers an array of green products for the home, from hemp rugs to recycled glass dishware. Have everything you’ll need already? Consider asking your guests to donate to a charity/nonprofit in lieu of gifts. A big warm “Thank You” to all our readers out there who contributed by sending in some groovy wedding planning tips of their own…a few we particularly enjoyed discovering:
- Request organic; fair trade. Go local with your food; drink to cut on food miles.
- Source recycled materials for your invitations, or just use e-mail.
- Use biodegradable confetti, or collect petals from flowers a florist was throwing out.
- Offset the carbon emissions produced by your wedding (and honeymoon flights) through
Happy Wedding Day!