Does your dream wedding consist of a glamorous ceremony on a Hawaiian island beach, exchanging vows in front of a spectacular ocean setting with a warm, tropical breeze creating the perfect romantic atmosphere?
Can you match that glamorous wedding adventure, if you go green?
Why consider a Green Wedding option?
Let’s explore the answers…
A destination wedding in Maui usually requires each guest to spend thousands in travel expenses. Flights to Maui aren’t exactly kind on the environment. Journeys via plane release more greenhouse gases per mile than most other forms of travel. According to The Guardian newspaper, flights from developed countries are responsible for 6.2 percent of the nations’ CO2 emissions.
How do you lower the carbon footprint of your wedding, while matching the glamor and adventure of an island wedding in Hawaii?
This depends upon how hard you are willing to hunt for a romantic location, ideally situated close to where most of the wedding party and guests live. Most parts of the country possess at least one destination that is a perfect setting for a wedding.
For example if you live in New York, then you could tie the knot in Niagara Falls against the backdrop of a beautiful waterfall. Or if you’re in California, you might want to get married in Redwood National Park and soak up the mystical, ancient presence of the tallest trees on the planet. There are plenty of beautiful locations to exchange vows in across the country, so finding an environment that is suitably romantic should be no problem to uncover.
Green Wedding Dress?
Okay, so it is possible to find a quality setting in mainland America that can rival Maui, but what about the dress? There is no point cutting down your CO2 emissions by avoiding traveling by plane and then putting on a non-organic wedding dress.
Fortunately there are now a number of companies that offer organic dresses that look just as impressive as their non-organic counterparts. They are available in a range of materials including cotton, fair trade silk and hemp and some designers are even creating dresses made from recycled fabrics.
Wearing a vintage dress also is a viable option for brides who wish to conserve resources and revive wedding glamor from the past. Some women might turn up their noses at this, but most vintage wedding dresses will have only been worn once and are likely to be almost as good as new, often with hand-made artistry.
Getting to the Wedding Venue
Even if you don’t travel to your wedding destination by plane, getting there by car still takes a carbon toll on the environment. Some people like to travel by limousine to the wedding location, but in a recent article about green weddings, the NBC News network suggested that carpooling might be a greener alternative.
It might also be worth putting details of how to get to the wedding venue via public transport on the wedding invitations.
Green Wedding Feast?
The catering for your big day also can be ecologically sound and does not need to be wasteful. Politics, culture and ecology magazine, Red Pepper, suggests using seasonal, local and organic produce for the banquet. The magazine also points out that it is now possible to purchase one hundred per cent organic chocolate wedding cakes and alcoholic beverages. If you are having your reception in the evening then you might even want to save electricity by having your guests dine by candlelight, enjoying the glow of non-toxic beeswax or soy candles, which add to the romantic mood of the occasion.
The Ultimate Source Of Wedding Glamor?
Ultimately the level of glamor and adventure associated with a wedding is dependent upon the level of love that exists between the couple to a greater degree than it is upon the dress, the food or even the location.
Maui might offer sunny, sandy beaches and luxurious blue waters, but that doesn’t mean that those wishing to tie the knot wouldn’t enjoy their big day just as much if they were exchanging their vows a little closer to home and having a more ecologically sound ceremony.
You’ve discovered some innovative ways to match the glamor and adventure of getting married on a beautiful Hawaiian island, while minimizing the expense and carbon toll your gala wedding takes on our world. It’s up to couples to decide which option will fulfill your personal dreams and align with your environmental ethics as you commit to celebrate your love for a lifetime.
Get all the happy, sexy love you desire,
How do selective singles find love in 12 weeks?