By Azure Nelson,
Published Nov 18, 2009
Get excited, ladies! We've got a new guest blogger that will be joining The Man Registry on Hump Day!
Tracy DiNunzio is a popular expert on green weddings
and eco-friendly lifestyles. She's also the founder of RecycledBride.com
, a free marketplace where eco-savvy brides buy and sell wedding dresses
, accessories, decorations and more. Tracy became interested in reducing wedding waste while planning her own nuptials in 2007, and has been dedicated to helping other couples plan green weddings ever since. You can follow Tracy on Twitter (@RecycledBride) for daily green bride tips!
And now, without further ado, Tracy's tips for how to create an eco-chic wedding!
Want to reduce your wedding's environmental impact without sacrificing luxury and style? Check out these 5 fabulous ideas
to make your big day a little greener.
1. Create inspired arrangements of cacti and succulents instead of using cut flowers.
80% of cut flowers are imported all the way from South America, where they're grown with harmful pesticides. Cacti and succulent arrangements are a unique, stylish, and eco-friendly alternative. If you're DIY-inclined
, you can create your own succulent centerpieces weeks before the wedding. Then replant them in your garden, where they'll take root and grow alongside the marriage. Awwwww!
2. Have a super-sweet hometown wedding.
The number one cause of gargantuan carbon footprints for weddings? Travel! A typical destination wedding uses 50 tons of carbon dioxide (eek!). Marrying near where most of your guests live will help cut down on their travel. And you can reduce your wedding's impact even further by using the tools at CarbonFund.org
3. Buy a recycled wedding dress, gently used bridesmaids dresses, or preowned bridal shoes.
Smart brides who refuse to sacrifice style and luxury are finding gently used designer wedding dresses for half the price on sites like RecycledBride.com
. Wedding recycling doesn't just save you money- it also reduces your environmental impact, because you avoid the eco-tolls incurred by the manufacture and transport of new items. My fave bridal recycling story: Kate from TheGreenBrideGuide.com bought these fabulous Vera Wang shoes on Ebay for just $50
- then sold them for exactly $50 after the wedding!
4. Serve local, organic, sustainable food...yum!
Organic/sustainable food isn't just good for the Earth- it actually tastes better too! Treat your guests to real foods that are healthy, pesticide-free and locally grown. Get creative if you can't find an organic caterer. We know one bride who convinced four different vendors from her local farmer's market to cater her wedding. If you can't go totally organic, try to ensure that foods are sourced locally, limit the number of meat items on your menu, and choose sustainably farmed fish and seafood.
5. Choose a vintage engagement ring and post-consumer gold wedding bands.
There is already enough gold in the world to satisfy the demands of the jewelry industry for the next 50 years. Meanwhile, both gold and diamond mining (even of "conflict-free" diamonds) continue to poison the environment with waste and toxic chemicals. The "elegant solution" is to choose a vintage engagement ring
, which are often priced more reasonably than the new rings and come in a dazzling array of styles. For wedding bands, visit GreenKarat.com
for stylish rings made from post-consumer gold.