Go ‘green’ on your wedding day

May 14th, 2009 - 9:22 am ICT by IANS  

Munich, May 14 (DPA) A wedding day should be perfect, and while no host wants to be a killjoy or a spoilsport, some couples find it important to consider environmental impact when planning their special day.
A wedding reception with 80 to 100 guests can create a lot of trash. Bettina Pyczak believes planning a wedding with an eye toward nature and resources can be more fun than planning a conventional wedding.

“You plan much more consciously,” said the Munich author of a how-to book on holding a green wedding. A lot can be achieved using simple tricks, she told DPA in an interview. Holding all the events at a single venue can be environmentally friendly, she noted.

“When the civil service and the religious ceremony, along with the champagne reception and the party are held at one place, the guests are spared long drives,” Pyczak said. The reuse of wedding items is easy and effective, she added. Wedding shoes, for example, usually can’t be worn again after the reception.

“Instead, buy pumps or sandals with straps that can be worn every day,” the author recommended. The same applies to handbags and other accessories worn by the bride, bridesmaids and the groomsmen.

Couples who would like to hold a green wedding should also be careful to create as little trash as possible. One way to achieve this is to send invitations and other communications in e-mail.

“And to avoid the purchase of unusable gifts, the couple should first think about what they want and then put out a bridal registry,” said Pyczak. Suggesting that guests make donations to a non-profit organisation in the name of the bride and groom is an alternative.

For the decorations, Pyczak recommends using seasonal, locally-grown flowers. Couples should opt for potted flowers over cut ones to maintain a high level of reusable items at their wedding. Some caterers, hotels and reception halls specialise in organic food.

Couples who are conscious of the environment at their weddings should not forget this stance afterwards, Pyczak advises.

“Taking a week-long, short trip to the Maldives would be viewed as a sin. Flying is the most energy and emission-intensive form of travel,” she said. Sylt instead of Sardinia - that’s an environmentally friendly option.

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