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November 20, 2009

Green weddings part two: Electronic invites, local flowers and more

Most couples interested in greening their wedding have the easiest time exploring invitations, flowers/décor and favors. The following Green Quick Fixes are tried-and-true from local brides and readers across the country.

The invitations

The most obvious green save-the-dates and invitations are tree-free. Try paper- and ad-free wedding Web sites like and Check out to narrate and design engagement announcements, wedding albums and more.

"I thought about sending (invitations) electronically, or having people reply electronically, but then the grandparents would have a tough time," said Janice of Washington, D.C.

If snail-mail hard copies are a must, there are some ways to make them greener.

There is recycled paper with soy-based ink. Locally, try and

Use response postcards to reduce paper needed for reply envelopes, or print programs, menus, thank-you notes and more on's plantable paper, which is made with wildflower or herb seeds.

Also unique is California's, which uses harvest waste like mango leaves, sugar cane, and other leaf and grass fibers in artful designs.

Flower power

Some brides made their own arrangements with garden-fresh flowers. One bride reused the "vases" as cereal bowls.

For an early autumn wedding, plant your own zinnias in the spring and they'll be perfect on your wedding day.

If you don't have a green thumb, ask florists to use only local and organic flowers. There are many eco-friendly vendors knowledgeable about what's in season, and in local hot houses.

It's in the details

Lots of brides want to decorate their wedding and enjoy getting lost in the details.

Lanterns with beeswax or soy-based candles will save on petroleum resources and eliminate carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere proposed by conventional candles while also minimizing electricity in lighting up the party.

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