, Salem, MA


November 13, 2009

Nice day for a green wedding

For couples wedding planning, green may be a consideration, but it's not a priority.

Budget, stress and time constraints can complicate the planning process, putting green in the backseat behind staying on budget. For others, the extra effort is simply too much when added to everyday responsibilities.

But while green was off the radar 10 years ago, most of today's brides report an interest in green, rating it as a priority between four and nine on a scale up to 10 in a monthlong survey conducted online.

The following Green Quick Fixes from brides that are casually green to those environmentally dedicated can help lay the foundation for making the big day greener. Next week's column will address green invitations, décor, entertainment, honeymoons, transportation and favors.

Location, location

The most important factor in lowering a wedding's carbon footprint is the location. A destination wedding for 300 as opposed to a local affair for 100 proposes two dramatically different emissions scenarios.

The more local a wedding is, the lower its impact. Some green weddings are entirely local, from guests to food. One California bride kept it small and intimate to keep overhead low, and that resulted in a greener wedding.

Consider City Hall or local houses of worship for ceremonies with receptions just a short walk away to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and emissions.

Having a wedding at home, or in a neighbor's yard, is one way to keep it green. A recent Beverly wedding at a picturesque seaside public way was followed by a beautiful backyard reception within walking distance.

Jennifer from Massachusetts and her California vegan chef husband, Barry, held their ceremony in a neighbor's yard and the organic reception for 90 in their own.

For others, a local wedding is not possible if family lives in another state or region.

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