Green Wedding Series: Eco-Friendly Venue Tips
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Green Wedding Series: Eco-Friendly Venue Tips

Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 8:00 am
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Outdoor Wedding CeremonyHaving a big wedding can not only be hard on your pocketbook, but it can also take its toll on the environment. However, the idea of a “green” or eco-friendly wedding may force many to think they have to sacrifice a bunch of things in order to have an environmentally friendly celebration. Luckily, there are many ways you can ensure that your ceremony and reception sites are friendly to the environment. Best of all, you might just save a few bucks in the process! Here are a few ideas:

Get Married Outside

A large church or banquet room requires tons of electricity to keep it light and at a comfortable temperature for everyone. If you live in a pretty temperate area, consider having your wedding outside during the day. Getting married just as the sun is setting on the beach or in the middle of a lush field could end up being just as beautiful if not more than a large decorated church.  You can also look for botanical gardens or charming ranches nearby. Added bonus: any of these options would make for some stunning photos!

If getting married in a church is what you’ve always dreamed of, look for a church with lots of large windows to allow for tons of sunlight. If you can find one in the middle of a scenic area, you’ll get the added bonus of a gorgeous backdrop to your wedding!

Pick Just One Place

Getting married in one place is not only better for the environment, it’s usually easier! Holding the ceremony and reception in one location ensures that your guests don’t have to drive from one place to the other. Having a large number of guests all pile into their individual cars creates tons of gas emissions. Plus, you won’t have to go back and forth between two sites to check for date availability at the beginning of your planning process.

If you can’t avoid two different sites for your wedding, rent some buses or large vans to tow your guests from one place to the next. This is especially helpful if most of your guests are all staying at a specific hotel. This will not only be a big hit amongst your guests, but it will create fewer emissions.

Research Your Venue

If you are hoping to hold your wedding inside a hotel ballroom, check to see if any of the hotels you are considering follow green or eco-friendly measures. Hotels that offer low-flow toilets, energy efficient light bulbs, and recycling and water-conservation programs are all ways to cut back on environmental “costs.” Simply call each venue and ask what their policies are. You can also check out GreenHotels.com for more information and suggestions.

In the coming weeks, we will be bringing you more tips on how to “green” your wedding. Learn how to apply environmentally friendly practices  to buying your dress, accessories, stationary, décor, and more!

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