Planning an environmentally friendly wedding is no longer just a trend, but something many brides and grooms are trying to achieve. We asked Mireya Navarro, author of Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-friendly Celebration and environmental writer for The New York Times, how couples can have an eco-chic wedding. Here she tackles some common misconceptions about going green: —Anne Chertoff
- A green wedding is harder to plan than a traditional wedding.
- Green weddings are more expensive.
Couples who have planned green weddings big and small agree on this point: green weddings don't take more time to plan, just a different way of thinking. For instance, you want to keep guest travel at a minimum to avoid all that transportation-related pollution, so you may choose the venue (and city) closest to most guests.
Going green also means trying to follow the principles of reducing, re-using and recycling as much as possible. Shopping for wedding bands made of recycled gold or invitations made of recycled paper is not hard. The market for green products and services is pretty extensive and growing rapidly, so don't be afraid of green stress.
Yes, some things, like organic food, are more expensive. You may pay a mark-up of 10 to 30 percent or more for green because the green market is still in its infancy. But prices should come down as suppliers step up to meet the growing demand and more competition ensues.
And you can green your wedding at any budget because...