Green Weddings

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Though the majority of you Yale Students won’t need to think about this anytime in the near future, at our last meeting, fellow RA Sara Smiley Smith brought up a really interesting subject: green weddings! There are a lot of ways to green a wedding:

– Use environmentally friendly invitations (and printed things in general)

– Use organic foods/catering, makeup products…

– Where appropriate, use as many recycled and recyclable products as you can (programs, thank-you cards, menus, flatware, etc.)

– Buy eco-friendly wedding rings (from recycled precious metals, etc.)

– Use a hybrid luxury car

– Ask your guests to buy you eco-friendly gifts (energy-star appliances, etc.)

– Get an eco-friendly wedding dress (yes, they exist!)

– …and many more! (See 10 Steps to a Green Wedding: http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/2007/03/10_steps_to_a_g.html )

Here is a slew of links you might find intriguing:

Green Wedding Services,

http://www.greenweddings.net/greenservices.html

Great Green Weddings,

http://www.greatgreenwedding.com/default.php

Environmental Wedding Favors,

http://www.favorideas.com/wedding-themes/unique-themes/green-or-environmental-wedding-favors/

Nice Day for a Green Wedding,

http://www.grist.org/advice/possessions/2003/05/08/

How Green Was My Wedding,

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/11/fashion/11green.html

Green Elegance Weddings,

http://www.greeneleganceweddings.com/

Global Giving, a resource for charitable and green gift registry,

http://www.globalgiving.com/howitworks.html

Perhaps, even though you yourselves probably won’t need these links anytime soon, you can bring up the idea of a green wedding in casual conversation if you know any couples that are planning to seal the deal…

PS: Don’t forget about a green honeymoon! (Ecotourism?…)

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