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Something Old, Something New, and Something “Green” 

Greening your wedding does not mean compromising your dream wedding. The inspiration you already have envisioned can be modified to reduce environmental impact without compromising style or elegance. Online resources, including the Green Bride Guide (www.thegreenbrideguide. com) offer glimpses into real weddings, allowing you to see how “green” choices have impacted their celebrations.

The Bridal Ensemble

A wedding dress, typically worn once, can be very expensive. Consignment shops, thrift stores and creativity can often yield cost-friendly and dazzling results. Or, hire a local designer or seamstress to construct a gown for you using organically grown fabrics. Organic fabrics can be found or ordered through your local retailer, or online. With a little imagination, you may be able to construct a dress that may be worn again.

Some organic fabric resources are: Silk Road Textile Merchants (www.srfabrics.com), Near Sea Naturals , Fox Rich

The Reception

The reception offers many opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of your event. For example, many florists now offer organically grown floral options. They can work with you to create bouquets from seasonal, locally grown flowers or wild flowers. With some advance planning, you can also grow your own flowers depending on the season of your wedding.

Provide your guests with locally handcrafted wedding favours. This supports your local economy and keeps transportation costs to a minimum. Handmade soaps or hand-baked confections dressed in simple brown paper bags, hand-stamped and tied with ribbon make stylish and memorable favours.

By thinking creatively and locally, you can create an environmentally conscious wedding that maintains the elegance you want to achieve for your wedding. As a bonus, eco-conscious choices are often easier on the wedding budget.

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