Monday, May 4, 2009

Green weddings

And now for some good news...
This weekend I was invited to a wedding. A cause for celebration – especially as Sarah and Trevor are having a ‘green’ wedding.

My friends are part of a growing trend towards swapping the frou-frou dress, the mile-long guest list and the expensive honeymoon for something simpler and more meaningful.

No, they won’t be saying their vows in hemp and Birkenstock sandals, but they will try to scale back a bit, and keep it ethical.
I think their day will be a great way to shows that they care about the world as much as they care about each other.

Sarah’s already got her dress sorted: an heirloom from her mum, so it has perfect green credentials.

For those who haven’t got their mother’s frock to step into, there’s a thriving business of restoring and selling vintage wedding dresses from Grace Kelly 1950s numbers to 1920s silk flapper dresses.

There are also eco-friendly wedding dress designers, some working in organic fabrics, so you know your dress won’t have been made in a distant sweatshop and then clocked up air-miles getting to you.

They are also going to source flowers locally rather than flying in hothoused exotics, while dried rose petals will make the easiest, most eco-friendly confetti around.

The rings are going to be from an ethical jewellers who use gold from ethically run Colombian mines.

As for the honeymoon, no airmiles needed – and they should have a great time in Cornwall if the current weather forecasts for a hot summer hold true.

I'm very happy for them, and I can’t wait to help them celebrate in true green style (with the odd wedding gift from, of course...)
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Derrick said...

I think a more eco-friendly and budget-friendly wedding is a great idea. I just got married a year ago and we scaled it down big time. No huge guest list and no needless frilly stuff either. Keeping it simple is becoming more common.

Kye Swenson said...

I agree...and there are tons of little aspects about the wedding that you can make more eco-friendly. For example, you can buy eco-friendly napkins, plates, and barware.

- Kye,

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Kim said...

It is great that the idea of green weddings are catching on. Creating less waste, buying locally produced products and using eco-friendly items is any excellent way to start off a marriage on the right foot.

babywearshandmade said...

It's great to hear about green weddings, but it's important not to confuse 'organic' (grown/produced without chemicals) with 'fair trade' (fair to the farmers/weavers etc) and to remember that things can be organically grown and still run up the air miles getting to us from far flung destinations.

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Peggy-Sue said...

I recently did a blog post about eco-friendly wedding rings, I'm not so sure if they are going to catch on to be honest! But at least efforts are being made to be more eco-friendly on a day that will not only cost money but also the environment.

eco friendly diamonds said...

I also like the idea of green wedding and green tendency overall. Though it might seem too simple for somebody, however I would like my children not to spend much money for huge guest list, pricey diamond ring, etc.
Thanks for sharing the information!

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It is surprising as to how much pollution and garbage can be caused by a single wedding. And it being a grand occasion, people will stop at nothing to make it memorable. Sadly, this leaves behind residues that do not favor the planet. We had recently posted an article on a similar topic and would like to share.