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Plan The Perfect Green Wedding For Summer

By NativeEnergy |
These three simple steps should help you stay on track, stay green, and possibly even save you money

This post is provided by our partner, NativeEnergy. It was originally published on their website on May 12, 2010.

Weddings are a wonderful and happy occasion. Friends and family from all corners of the earth come to see the two of you and celebrate with you. There are months, if not years, spent planning these special days. And while you may want the memory of that day to last forever, your wedding's effect on the environment need not endure. Here are some of the choices you can make for a sustainable day.

When you start your planning, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the things you have to deal with. No one planning a wedding needs yet another thing to figure out. These three simple steps should, however, help you stay on track, stay green, and possibly even save you money: REDUCE, REUSE, OFFSET.

The average wedding in the United States costs $20,500! REDUCE this number. This is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but that doesn’t mean you need to get those expensive linens or invite everyone you ever knew. Your wedding day is exactly that - yours. An entire wedding industry has grown up to tell you that you need to do this and you need to do that, but those are suggestions - not rules.

REUSE - if any food is left over from your reception, donate it to a local food shelf, or have a friend or family member take the best stuff home and freeze it, so you can enjoy it when you return from your honeymoon. Use decorations that you already have. Christmas lights are a perfect example. One friend of ours, who was big into the DIY aspect of her wedding, said: “I enjoyed making the place cards, using my own photography, and giving away wildflower seeds as gifts. I added my own touch where I could to make it more personal and, in most cases, I cut down on the cost.”

Jillian took a creative approach to that classic problem of wearing a beautiful gown only once and never again - she made her sister-in-law’s dress her own. Borrowing or buying a pre-owned gown, or selling your dress to another bride after the wedding, can save you lots of cash and reduce the demand for brand new garments. Not to mention the carbon emissions generated when transporting enough dresses here to outfit 2.4 million American brides each year.

And finally, OFFSET. Offer an alternative to the generic registry. If that sweet great-aunt of yours wants to contribute to your wedding, why not suggest she offset it for you. You can also offer an inexpensive wedding favor to all of your out-of-town guests by offsetting their travel and hotel stays. When staff members get married, NativeEnergy gives the couples gift certificates from their registries, and, you guessed it, enough carbon offsets to counter-balance the footprint of both weddings. If you know of a couple who is getting married soon and would like to give them a unique gift, visit NativeEnergy’s travel calculator to offset the travel emissions from their wedding!

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  • Lisa H. 5 years ago
    good stuff
  • Elaine F. 5 years ago
    GreaT IDEA.
  • darlene s. 5 years ago
    I pledge to share this information with those i know who are planning a wedding.
  • Maryelis S. 6 years ago
    This is awesome <3
  • Katie K. 6 years ago
    I'm getting married in July and very happy to say that my budget is less than half of that! I'm having a rustic chic themed reception - reusing all sizes of mason jars and baby food jars for flower vases and decor on the tables. I've paired up with a couple of other brides to share some of the items we'll each only use once - like tablecloths. And I'm searching for locally grown flowers to use.
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