(Guest Blog Post: Eco-Beautiful Weddings)
So many wedding magazines and blogs have tried to take their own spin on what going green for your wedding day means. Unfortunately, with so many different points of view about what makes a green wedding, the choices can become overwhelming and downright difficult. An eco-friendly wedding is defined by you and where you are. Pretty simple if you take the time to think about it.
The basics of going green for your wedding truly depends on your geography and what is available locally. There has been a huge misconception for years that eco-friendly weddings were either cheap or way too expensive due to organic menus. A green wedding can be any budget! No – you don’t have to have a backyard vegan barbeque for your wedding to go green. You also don’t have to spend a fortune on organic food. The choices are widening and more vendors are going green. Simply ask your vendors questions. Find out if your vendors are buying locally or using eco-friendly office procedures and products. Buying organic does not necessarily mean it is eco-friendly, especially if those items have to be trucked or flown in from a far away place. On the other hand, not all local produce and flowers are eco-friendly either due to the incessant amount of pesticides that certain regions require. The key is to use common sense and make sensible choices while asking the right questions. If buying local fish is better than buying local flowers laden with pesticides – go with the fish and ask your florist about using flowers from another source that is eco-friendly.
Your wedding can be anywhere from light green to dark green depending on how many elements are eco-friendly. If each bride and groom took at least one element of their wedding and made it green, it could literally the change the world! Having a beautiful wedding while changing the world at the same time is what being green is all about!
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About our Guest Blogger:
Katie Martin is one of the world’s leading eco-friendly wedding experts. She has owned and operated Elegance & Simplicity, Inc. since 1998. Her firm has designed 1000’s of eco-friendly events and has been heralded internationally by magazines, newspapers, blogs and other forms of media. Ms. Martin is also the Editor-in-Chief of Eco-Beautiful Weddings® Online Magazine & Blog. She has 3 books that will hit bookshelves in 2010:
- Everything Mother of the Bride Book, 2nd Edition – On bookshelves now!
- Everything Wedding Book, 4th Edition – On bookshelves, Fall 2010
- Eco-Beautiful Weddings® – On bookshelves 2010