Eco-friendly weddings are becoming a popular trend among modern couples. And why not, when it does not mean sacrificing your style or budget, yet reducing the carbon footprints. The trick here is to keep the environment in mind while looking for simple substitutions wherever you can during the wedding planning process. If you are unsure about how to proceed, here are some tips to get started.
Tips for Planning an Eco-friendly Wedding
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Eco-friendly Wedding Invitations
The easiest way to go green is through the invites. While e-invites seem to be the most eco-friendly option, you can always opt for invitations made of handmade or recycled paper. Also, request your guests to RSVP online and consider skipping the printed directions. A better option is to create a wedding website and send your guests the web url for all the details.
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Opt for a Centrally Located Venue
As transportation is the huge source of carbon emissions, the idea here is to cut down on the usage of fuel. Choose a venue that is easily accessible by most of your guests and does both the wedding and the reception. Moreover, let your guests know that you would appreciate if they can arrive at the ceremony by train, bus, or carpool.
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Check with your caterers if they can provide organic and vegetarian cuisine. Also, find out what would you be dining on. If the dishes are not included, consider renting them in order to avoid using disposable plates.
Re-use a Wedding Dress
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When it comes to a wedding dress there are many ways you can be eco-friendly. First is of course the age old tradition of wearing your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown. Alternatively, you can check out vintage stores for recycle or once-worn dresses. However, if you must put on a brand new dress, look for a seamstress or a designer who uses sustainable fabrics such as silk, hemp, or cotton.
Overall, planning an eco-friendly wedding does not mean that you should sacrifice your style or sanity. It only means simplifying things and opting for alternate options. Even if you include a few green wedding details, you are doing your bit!
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