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October 16, 2009

Making the big day greener

Calling all green brides.

The anticipation of your big day — everyone's going to be there, you've thought about it for so long, and you've put a lot of energy into making it.

Now add going green onto that. How can you host everyone, make it beautiful, memorable, even perfect, and still tread lightly?

For starters, think about your wedding as one of life's many beautiful gatherings. Special events give life its spark, celebrating community, family, a loved one's final resting, birth, union and achievement. It's more than OK to do — it's important. Our ability to gather and celebrate is one of the very best human expressions, helping to define our uniqueness among all living creatures.

But it is, of course, possible to go overboard.

According to the Brides.com American Wedding Study 2009, the average cost of a wedding is about $28,000. That seems high in this economy, but it's obviously easy to get carried away.

It's also easy to lose track of what's local and simple. In addition, time, money, task and group consensus may convolute choices. Finally, expectations that define American life and fashion can exacerbate the resource consumption of the final outcome.

Conversely, it's also easy to get carried away with greening your wedding. Are you importing organic cotton linens for the tables when using what's locally available actually requires less transportation and manufacturing? While organic cotton appears green, it may actually increase your day's carbon footprint.

Having a green wedding really comes down to being cognizant of resource consumption — this is the defining factor that makes one wedding more green than another.

The bridal sites all seem to agree that 2009's premier trend was "go green." For those brides-to-be that are just getting started, here are a few Green Quick Fixes for that treasured nuptial centerpiece — your wedding dress. I'll have more for you soon.

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