The Green Guide is covering green weddings in its May/June issue. The Three Râ€™s of Wedding Bliss has tons of great resources for the DIY green bride, and the few nice suggestions from me here and there, make for a really nice piece! I love that Maureen Ryan, the author, included candles in the conversation. Not a lot of the recent articles Iâ€™ve read have had those resources or mention the importance of non-petroleum based candles at your special event.
If you are just getting started with your green wedding resources, this article will get you going in all the right directions. But if you have been researching for a while now, youâ€™ve probably seen these beforeâ€¦or not!
This month TIME Magazine features 51 Things We Can Do in response to global warming. Along with switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, turning fuel into food, and capturing CO2 with clean coal plant solutions, I was surprised to see that the greening of weddings made the list!
#28. Have a green wedding
By Catherine Sharick
You won’t be able to stop global warming on your wedding day, but your choices can lessen the carbon footprint of your event. For example, if your guests are traveling long distances, offset the carbon emissions from their trips with a donation to renewableâ€”energy projects. The sustainableâ€” wedding website Portovert.com, in partnership with NativeEnergy, a renewable energy company, offers a wedding carbon calculator where couples can enter the number of guests and approximate miles traveled, to calculate the carbon impact of their weddingâ€”related travel.
Wherever you celebrate, you can reduce your CO2 impact and often save money by giving your wedding a local touch. Buy wine from a nearby vineyard or beer from a neighborhood brewery. Get your wedding cake from a local bakery, and use seasonal flowers, not imports. “Why eat food or drink wine or beer that has traveled thousands of miles when you can choose local options that are just as good?” says Meghan Meyers, CEO of portovert.com.
The wedding industry is a $139 billion a year in the US, spent on rings, venues, engagement parties, the ceremony and reception, gowns, rentals, the honeymoon, etc. These events, though seemingly short in time, are full of environmental impact. Using local and organic caterers, sourcing organic wine, and offsetting your carbon emissions from nonprofit organizations like DriveNeutral can make your event a responsible celebration which supports our environment for generations to come.
Consider â€œgoing greenâ€ your wedding gift to the planet!