someone in your family getting married? Have you been searching
for that perfect wedding concept? Here comes the bride
all dressed in green?!?!? The average American wedding for
125 people has a price tag of $19,000, which is out of
many. It's possible to cut costs and create a stylish event
by making some environmentally responsible choices during
your wedding planning.
wedding is an eco-friendly and socially responsible event
that balances ecology, style and tradition according to Organic
Weddings website at www.organicweddings.com.
A green wedding can be anything that you want it to be; with
as much or as little eco-friendliness as you can muster.
For some it means saving resources by having the wedding
and reception in the same place so that guests aren't driving
between venues creating smog and using fuel. Other couples
insist on vegetarian options or all locally grown organic
foods at their reception.
Some couples prefer to get married or honeymoon at an eco-tourism
destination like Yellowstone National Park or on a beach
in Costa Rica with nature
all around. Many couples are recycling wedding rings from grandparents
or wearing previously owned gowns that they've purchased at a vintage
really about putting your money where your values are during the nuptial
process" says Kim, the EarthSmart Consumer and eco-stylist.
a recycled wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses at a vintage
store - Previously loved clothes are less expensive
and easy to find. Often they were purchased and never worn.
a florist who is willing to use locally grown, organic or
in- season vegetation - Open your mind to more than
cut flowers for your bouquet, ceremony flowers and reception
table arrangements. Fruits, vegetables, herbs and grasses
can make lovely additions or substitutions to cut flowers.
organic wedding cake and pastries - Bakeries are
getting more attuned to a couple's desire to have baked goods
that are all organic and non-GMO. It's also possible to serve
organic wines, vegetarian foods or locally grown seasonal
foods and drinks.
married in a non traditional place - An eco-tourism
destination that's local, national or international is a
perfect place to tie the knot. It's unique, memorable and
you will be doing a good thing for the local economy.
paper and postage with non-traditional wedding invitations
- Consider a reply postcard instead of a card with
envelope, and print the directions and map to the wedding
on the back of the invite. Use recycled content paper.
See below for Twin Cities stores where you can find the
items featured in the television segment.
Previously owned wedding dresses, shoes and bridesmaid
dresses located in the Twin Cities. Phone # 612-926-1596
Twin Cities bakery specializing in organic baked goods.
Personal one-on-one appointments encouraged for wedding confection
Unique floral and plant bouquets, ceremony arrangements and
reception tables. Phone #
General information and specific resources for planning
a green wedding.
Bio-degradable confetti, seed favors, do-it-yourself cones,
Has organic wines and champagne.
The International Ecotourism Society for info on environmentally
friendly travel destinations.