With all the talk about the Royal Wedding, it reminds me of how many resources most weddings use.
Fortunately, green weddings are a growing trend in which brides and grooms are either limiting the consumption typically tied to weddings, or greenifying those resources they do use.
Even Prince William and Kate Middleton are taking measures to make the Royal wedding a bit more green. Just how green will the Royal Wedding be? Well, the carbon footprint produced by Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding this Friday will surely be giant — think of the resources used and the thousands of people traveling to be there. But at least the royal couple are giving a nod to green weddings in their ceremony, reception and dinner. More here.
Of course, green wedding consultants and products are also popping up everywhere, offering everything from garters made from organic materials to wedding rings made from recycled gold.
If you’re planning a wedding yourself, here are a few green wedding tips, some pulled from ideas the that Prince William and Kate Middleton are using:
- Use locally sourced food to eliminate carbon miles.
- Use seasonal flowers that don’t have to be shipped from afar, or organic flowers. The BBC reports Kate Middleton has chosen local seasonal flowers, such as azaleas and lilacs. The couple will also walk down an avenue of trees in Westminster Abbey. The trees will later be planted at the Prince of Wales Highgrove Estate.
- Organic or vegetarian options at the reception.
- Ask for donations to charities rather than gifts. Or, register for eco-friendly items, such as trees for the yard. Prince William and Kate Middleton set up a charitable gift fund, which could eliminate hundreds of unwanted, unneeded wedding gifts.
- Details of Kate’s dress are foggy, and it’s doubtful she’ll be using this option but revamping a vintage wedding dresses is a great way to go. Or purchase a dress made out of sustainable materials, such as organic cotton, silk or hemp. Recycled Bride is one site that connects buyers with sellers.
- Recycle family or vintage wedding rings, or commit to purchasing rings made of recycled materials to avoid conflict diamonds and the environmental impacts of gold mining.
- Eco-friendly wedding favors, such as organic chocolate or hand-made items.
-Choose hotels near to your ceremony and reception to eliminate the need for rental cars.
- And, of course, print your invitations on recycled paper.
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