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A wedding signifies the beginning of a lifelong union, a relationship that should stand the test of time and tribulations. And when you join the person you love in matrimony, it’s time to spare a thought to the world that sustains us all and gives us a planet to call home. Should the commencement of a new life for us spell doom to the earth through global warming and pollution? Is it not a better and more ethical option to celebrate our new relationship by pledging to do what it takes to save the earth and its almost-depleted resources? If your big day is in the offing, here’s how you can make green the theme of your wedding celebration:
• Hold all your events in one location. This way, you and your guest avoid having to drive to and from the location of each event.
• Hold the wedding at a location that is close to most of or all your guests.
• Go organic when it comes to food even though it may be more expensive. Use local produce and poultry to minimize your carbon footprint.
• Use biodegradable materials for your crockery and cutlery.
• Use recycled materials for your decorations.
• If you want to go the traditional way and send out regular invitations, use recycled paper (handmade paper makes very stylish statements) with eco-friendly ink. If you want to avoid paper altogether, use email to send out your invites.
• Invest in clothing and accessories that are reusable, especially for your bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party. Most bridesmaids and flower girls are clad in outfits that are never going to be used again because they’re really impractical.
• Use flowers that are in season and grown locally.
• Buy your ring from jewelers who do not deal in “blood” diamonds that have been illegally mined in Africa. Or better still, use old and antique jewelry that has been passed down from generation to generation to pledge your love for each other.
• Go digital when recording memories of your special day; store your photos in an online album instead of having them printed.
• Go on a green honeymoon to an eco-friendly resort or somewhere close home that does not require you to fly.
Most of these measures don’t require you to go out of the way to do something positive for the earth. So when you think wedding, think green instead of white.