For all you eco-sexuals out there freaking out over how to even start planning your wedding extravaganza without detsroying the environment, here’s some inspiration! Mireya Navarro, a New York Times correspondent, just released Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration (Stewart, Tabori & Chang; $35).
Not only are the pics gorgeous, but it’s also packed with colorful ideas, practical tips, and a wealth of resources from experts and couples who have already greened up their dream weddings. It also offers tips on post-wedding festivities (bamboo lingerie, anyone?). The book is so pretty, it kind of makes me want to get hitched. Ok, that’s a lie, but I do wish I had a friend that was getting married in the next year so I could give it to her as a gift. All I have right now are two ex-boyfriends who got engaged within the past two months, and well, that would just be weird.
Though the idea of an entirely green wedding is a bit unrealistic if you ask me, I think you can easily incorporate some things and feel much better about the fact that you reduced your carbon imprint without sacrificing cents or style.
Some small and doable tips Navarro’s guide offers:
- The invite should be made of recycled cotton fiber (there are some fancy ones available from eInvite.com)
- The bride’s dress should have a second or third life
- The flowers should not be grown or cut by exploited workers
- The food should be local, seasonal, and not grown with dangerous pesticides
- Party favors (like Fair Trade-certified chocolates, organic personal care products from eccobella.com, or throw blankets made from recycled materials) should be more useful than a plastic trinket