Five Planning Tips for Your Eco-Friendly Wedding
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So, you’ve decided to have an eco-friendly wedding. Congratulations! You’ve made a great decision, one you’ll feel good about for years to come. Planning an eco-friendly wedding does require some forethought, however, since most venues and vendors may need to make accommodations to meet your needs. Here are some tips for covering all your bases.
Make a Checklist
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There are so many things to think about when you’re wedding planning, it’s easy to overlook important details. Before you do anything, compile a checklist of all the things you need to think about: photographers, menus, decorations, venue, rings, honeymoon, etc. If you’re struggling with your checklist, try this readymade list from Real Simple or the Green Bride Guide Pocket Guide.
Consider Low-Cost and Low-Impact Venues
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Where you choose to get married will dictate many of the decisions that come next. If your venue is low-cost, you’ll have more money to spend on your celebration. If it’s outdoors, you’ll have to consider the weather. If the venue has a restaurant (like an inn or hotel) you may be able to work with their chefs to put together an organic feast (avoiding the hassle and extra expense of bringing in outside caterers). If your venue recycles, you’ll have a lot less waste to worry about the morning after.
Ask a Million and One Questions
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Putting together an eco-friendly wedding has its challenges. You’ll need to ask yourself about your priorities—what is really important to you and where are you willing to compromise? And you’ll need to ask every vendor you work with about their company policies. Are they environmentally responsible? Do they use energy-efficient equipment? If not, can they rent energy-efficient equipment for your event? Does the florist stock organic and locally-grown flowers? If not, does a local farm sell flowers? Will your invitations be printed on recycled paper, or seed paper? Or, do you like the idea of electronic (read: no waste) invitations?
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While you’re asking your million questions you may start forgetting the answers. Write everything down in a wedding notebook. Keep clippings, phone numbers, and ideas in a wedding folder. Even if you have a phenomenal memory, trying to keep all of that information in your head is stressful. It’s also important that you have all of your bills and contact information in one place so it’s accessible when you need it. Besides, after the wedding you’ll have a keepsake—a reminder of all the hard work you put into making your special day perfect.