Green Wedding Ideas: How To Make Your Wedding Special

Green Wedding Ideas: How To Make Your Wedding Special

A wedding is one of the natural aspects of life and also the most important step that any couple ever takes in their lives. Therefore, combining these two aspects can really result in a wedding that is extremely memorable. This can be done through adding special touches to the invitations, decorations and food by way of natural, green wedding ideas. The following are some ways.

1. Invitations: The kind of invitations that are sent out before the wedding establishes the theme that the wedding is going to have. Using green wedding ideas and concepts can really set the tone and expectation of the guests. Here are three things that can do it.

i) Blooms invitation: There is a beauty in simplicity that only a naturalist knows of. These invitation cards only have a simple border design which is complemented by a subtly placed bloom of the couple’s choice.

ii) Floral watercolor invitation: Adding innocence to a wedding can be a very touching and meaningful step and these invitations do just that with handmade watercolor floral imprints.

iii) Dancing buds invitation: A very light touch can be given to the invitation with the help of a faint background behind the text.

2. Decorations: Once the theme of the wedding is set through the use of multiple green wedding ideas such as the above mentioned invitations, the next step is to honor the expectation of the guests through the use of decorations influenced by the same concept. The following are some through which the couple can improve the natural factor of their wedding.

i) Pastel Vases: A wedding consists of tables and a table will always need one or two vases on it to bring out the look. For a green wedding, the vases used should have pastel shades and should not be too bright or too dull.

ii) Topiary Card Holders: Any well organized wedding would require card holders assigning seats to guests. Therefore, instead of using a conventional card holder made of plastic, a wedding shaped by green wedding ideas would include natural topiary card holders.

iii) Customized Silk Flower Petals: Another of the many green wedding ideas is the use of personalized silk flower petals. These are artificial petals made with silk that can carry any name or message.

3. Food: If the invitations and decorations are influenced by green wedding ideas then the food should be too. The following are some suggestions.

i) Whole Leaf Tea Sachets: Using sachets that carry a whole leaf attached to their tops can set the mood of the wedding.

ii) Bird Nests: The table can also carry mini bird nests which can be used to store small treats or candies for the guests.

iii) Personalized Honey Jars: Personalization is the best way to make a wedding special. Using personalized honey jars can combine the provision of a food supplement with decorating the table.

The above mentioned green wedding ideas can add the natural aspect to any wedding in addition to bringing about a peaceful and relaxing environment.

Steve Ricardo writes about Garden wedding ideas and Fall wedding ideas. More information on Funny-Wedding-Idea.Com

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How to Make Your Wedding More Eco-friendly

How to Make Your Wedding More Eco-friendly

The idea of green weddings is very hot today. As a matter of fact, brides and grooms may want to may sure that their events will be environmental friendly. To this end, you will also want to make sure that you will be planning a wedding which is really eco-friendly. You will help to save our earth to this end.

There are a few ides you can consider when you are planning for a green wedding. One of the ideas if to help to save fuel. Taking your wedding ceremony and reception as an example, you may need to arrange some kind of transportation if they are in different locations. To this end, some fuel will certainly need to used. To this end, you may want to make the two locations to be within a walking distance. Your guests do not need to take a vehicle and this will help to save fuel.

The idea of embodied energy is always considered when it comes to an environmental event. In order to build a sustainable building, architects will try to make sure that the materials used to build the building will be local materials so that there will be less embodied energy. This idea can also be applied to your wedding. You can serve foods which can be found in the region of the venue. This means that there will be less embodied energy and you can help to save the earth.

Besides the embodied energy, you will need to make sure that you will not be preparing too much food. There can be a lot of wastes after a wedding reception. This is because the brides and grooms prepare too much food. To this end, you may want to make sure that you will prepare the right amount of foods. If there are any leftover after your reception, you should try to donate the foods.

If you are going to have a Chinese wedding, be sure that you will not have shark fins in your menu. The point here is that it is very common for couples to have shark fins in a Chinese reception. Yet, we should try to protect the sharks, as well as our earth. There is no point to serve shark fins in the reception.

You should also avoid unnecessary packages. There can be a beautiful packaging for your wedding favors. However, this boxes can be something unnecessary. You should try to avoid using these packaging boxes. You will create less waste to this end.

You should go for the idea of renting if you can do so. For example, you may want to get some pillars for your wedding cake. However, you should not try to buy them. They will be something useless to you after your reception. As a result, it will be a better idea for you to rent them. This is also true for the flowers. It can be a good idea to use silk flowers since they can be reused.

Remember the above points will make sure that you will be able to plan a green wedding!

TM Lung designs wedding invitations. You can also check his Wedding Planning ideas and Wedding Favor Ideas.

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Organizing a Green Wedding by Reusing and Recycling

Organizing a Green Wedding by Reusing and Recycling

It is our obligation to protect our environment. As a result, more couples will try to plan their weddings in a way that it become a green wedding. There are a lot of details you will need to think about in order to planning for a greener even. There are people who try to minimize the wedding so that it become a greener one. There are also couples who will only hire vendors that have the sense to protect the environment.

As a matter of fact, there can be a lot of wastes after a wedding. It does not make sense to hurt our environment in order to have a wonderful wedding. As a result, it will always be good to reuse the items after your event. You may even use recycled materials in your event. We will focus on the ideas of reusing and recycling in a wedding in this article.

Let us first of all talk about the wedding invitation. In fact, it will be extremely environmental friendly if you can invite your guests by sending emails. Of course you will also send the save the date note via emails. You will also ask your guests to reply you via emails. In this case you do not need to print the cards and these will certainly help to save the environment.

However, it is also very true that it can be too informal if you decide to send the invitation via email. It may consider a bit impolite if you do so. If this is the case, you may still need to prepare some physical wedding invitations and send them to your guests.

When you are search for the cards, you have to pay attention to the materials. Make sure that the paper you use is either recycled paper or paper from sustainable sources. The ink to be use is also very important. In most cases, it will be more environmental friendly to use soy ink when printing the cards. You will need to discuss with the invitation vendor on this matter when you are ordering them.

A lot of brides will consider purchasing a new gown for the wedding. Every bride would like to be the most beautiful bride in the word on the wedding day. However, you can still consider to purchase a second hand wedding dress. A second hand item does not necessarily mean that it is not a beautiful item. If it is possible, you can also wear the gown your mother or even your grandmother wore when they got married. This is on one hand environmental friendly and on the other hand make the gown more meaningful.

When your wedding favor is concerned, the best situation will be that you do not prepare them. However, it will not be so practical in a sense that you have to use the favor to thank your guests. To this end, you should make sure that the package of the gifts are made from recycled paper. Besides, you should also choose some environmental wedding favor.

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Eco-Companies Partner To Provide Green Honeymoon And Service Trips For Couples

Eco-Companies Partner To Provide Green Honeymoon And Service Trips For Couples

New Haven, CT – The Green Bride Guide launched a new partnership this week with Elevate Destinations to offer couples a wide range of eco-friendly and philanthropic honeymoon trips.

According to The Wedding Report, couples planning “Eco Weddings” are 20% more likely to have a destination wedding than the average bride and groom, and approximately 60% of honeymooners will travel to a foreign country.

“Many couples are not aware of the impact traditional tourism has on local communities and the environment,” said Kate L. Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide and founder of the leading green wedding website www.greenbrideguide.com . “With most packaged trips, 80% of the revenue goes to airlines, hotels, and international companies, but through Elevate Destination we are able to offer couples amazing alternatives.”

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” Elevate Destinations is a leading responsible travel company offering custom designed trips that provide couples with the opportunity to better understand the environmental, socio-cultural and economic needs of the countries they visit.

“Everything was taken care of, from someone meeting us at the airports, to outings which showcased the natural wonders of the Seychelles, to wonderful hotels. Throughout the trip, logistics and activities were arranged that made it apparent that our commitment to being green was being met,” said Tina and Kulbir Walha who went to the Seychelles on their green honeymoon.

When it comes to honeymoons, being a green does not mean giving up luxury or comfort. “One of the things we are trying to show on the Green Bride Guide site is that couples do not have to sacrifice style or comfort to be eco-friendly,” said Harrison.

“Our green honeymoons are romantic and luxurious,” said Dominique Callimanopilos, founder and president of Elevate Destinations. “We never compromise on aesthetics, amenities, service or security and every trip gives back to people and the planet.”

-Every trip is carbon offset, to neutralize the impact of travel on the earth

-5% of the net cost of every trip is donated to NGOs working on conservation and community development projects in the destination country

-Couples stay at eco-hotels and lodges that also give back to the community

In addition, couples can choose to add one or more days of community service to their adventures. Ambitious couples can plan full service trips, where they can teach English, volunteer at an orphanage, or assist with species preservation.

Billy and Kristin Byrnes, who traveled to Belize in December 2009, chose to do service with a conservation organization: “We wanted to have an eco-friendly honeymoon in which we could do some volunteer work. We tried unsuccessfully, on our own, to find destinations in the Caribbean that could accommodate our two priorities: eco-friendly and volunteer opportunities. Thank goodness we came across Elevate Destinations! They were able to fulfill both of our top priorities, in addition to planning a fabulous honeymoon for us.”

According to Callimanopulos, many couples who take service trips stay connected with the people and projects they work with and continue to support their efforts to make the world a better place long after the honeymoon is over.

The Green Bride Guide is offering every couple who books an eco-friendly honeymoon this year a free couple’s massage on their trip. Couples just need to mention the Green Bride Guide promotion when they book the trip.

About the Green Bride Guide

The Green Bride Guide, founded by Kate L. Harrison, is the most comprehensive and credible resource for engaged couples seeking eco-friendly wedding ideas, products and services. The site is a companion to Harrison’s book, The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth Friendly Wedding on Any Budget and offers pictures and stories from real green weddings, decor ideas, educational resources, approved green vendor directory, planning tools, and advice from industry experts. Kate L. Harrison has a background in environmental law and conservation. She recently developed the country’s first Green Wedding Professional Certification Course.

About Elevate Destinations

Founded by Dominique Callimanopulos in 2005, Elevate Destinations is a leading sustainable travel company that caters to luxury-oriented travelers seeking once-in-a-lifetime adventures to exotic destinations where they have an opportunity to better understand the environmental, socio-cultural and economic needs of the places they visit. The company also organizes donor trips for non-profit organizations.

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    Green Bride Guide Launches Green Wedding Gift Shop & Registry with Carbon Neutral Shipping

    Green Bride Guide Launches Green Wedding Gift Shop & Registry with Carbon Neutral Shipping

    (1888PressRelease) Specializing in sustainable wedding gifts, this new registry offers hundreds of eco-friendly and affordable products screened by the green wedding industry’s most credible resource.

    New Haven, CT – Green Bride Guide, the most comprehensive and credible resource for engaged couples seeking eco-friendly wedding ideas, products and services, announced this week the launch of its new green wedding gift shop and registry service. From non-toxic cookware and recycled wine glasses to earth-friendly fine china and organic cotton textiles, the shop features hundreds of eco-friendly home goods. It is also the first store to offer free carbon-neutral shipping with every purchase.

    According to the “What’s on Brides’ Minds” 2009 survey by David’s Bridal, almost half of all brides (48%) are committed to going green this year, and this includes registering for eco-friendly products.

    “Guests spend billion a year on wedding gifts,” said Kate L. Harrison, Founder and CEO of the Green Bride Guide. “Our new website offers couples the opportunity to use their wedding registry to support environmentally-conscious businesses. We offer hundreds of pre-screened environmentally responsible and affordable choices couples can feel good about adding to their wish list, without sacrificing style or quality,”

    The Green Bride Guide registry provides detailed information about each product, including how it is made, where it is made, and what materials were used in its production.

    The easy-to-use search functionality allows shoppers to sort by:

    •    Country of origin-buyers can choose to support fairly paid artisans from around the globe
    •    State, if the products are Made in the USA -couples can register for gifts that are made closer to home, which decreases the carbon emissions produced during transport
    •    Eco-strategy information – guests can opt to see only handmade or ethically sourced products
    •    Certifications-shoppers can search quickly for goods produced under specific labels, like USDA Organic

    “The idea is to provide shoppers with as much information as possible so they can make informed decisions about the products they are buying,” said Harrison. “Every product is hand-picked by our team and carefully screened to avoid ‘greenwashing,’ the practice of passing off non-green products as eco-friendly.”

    Free Carbon-Neutral Shipping

    The Green Bride Guide’s online gift shop is the first green wedding registry to offer free carbon-neutral shipping. When a package is shipped, the transportation process generates CO2 and other greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming. To neutralize this effect, the Green Bride Guide calculates the impact of each shipment and purchases carbon offsets from its partner, Brighter Planet.

    Each offset supports community-based alternative energy projects in the United States that remove CO2 from the air, and reduce the country’s dependence on “dirty” carbon-emitting sources. Customers automatically receive free carbon-neutral shipping with any purchase through the Green Bride Guide gift shop and registry.

    About the Green Bride Guide

    The Green Bride Guide, founded by Kate L. Harrison, is the most comprehensive and credible resource for engaged couples seeking eco-friendly wedding ideas, products and services. The site is a companion to Harrison’s book, The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth Friendly Wedding on Any Budget and, in addition to the new green wedding registry and gift shop, it offers pictures and stories from real green weddings, decor ideas, educational resources, an approved green wedding vendor directory, planning tools, and advice from industry experts. Kate L. Harrison has a background in environmental law and conservation. She recently developed the country’s first Green Wedding Professional Certification Course.

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