natural family living, natural home,  natural home magazine, natural parenting, natural family

Featured Advertiser:

The first magazine to offer natural living tools for every family.
We're your down-to-earth, "how-to" resource for natural family living, natural beauty, natural home, natural parenting, and health & wellness. No matter what your personal or parenting style, we offer natural tips, tools and information everyone can use! Life is only natural, so why not live it more naturally? Let NFO show you how.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Natural Family Online
Free eNewsletter
FREE Baby or Child Website
<empty> 

NFO is maintained by volunteers. Every single dollar counts! Send to [email protected]
naturalfamilyonline.com

Discuss

Visit our NFO chat board!

Attachment Parenting group for pregnancy and baby.

Extended Attachment Parenting group for parents of kids ages 2 to 18.

<empty> 
Can't find what you need?
Use the web search function near the bottom of NFO!
<empty> 
Natural Family Living
Natural Family Living
Do It Yourself
Entertaining & Holidays
Natural Beauty
Natural Pets
<empty> 
Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness
Children's Health
Fertility to Menopause
Natural Soulooooo
<empty> 
Healthy Eating
Cooking & Recipes
Nutrition
Baby & Toddler Nutrition
Vegetarian Lifestyle
<empty> 
Babies & Children
Attachment Parenting
Children's Health
Breastfeeding
Diapering & Potty Learning
Feeding Baby & Toddlers
Pregnancy & Birth
<empty> 
Resources & Shopping
Questions & Answers
Product Reviews
Bookshelf
<e New on the Bookshelf
Resource Links
Shopping
Mountain Rose Herbs
Leading Organic Supplier in organic botanical products.
FREE Baby or Child Website

<empty> 

Subscribe to free eNewsletter!
Contact
Contact
About NFO
NFO Staff & Contributors
Advertise with us
Writer's guidelines
Reprint Permissions
<empty> 


Guide to a Growing Trend: The "Green" or Ecological Wedding

By Blake Kritzberg

Does it seem like the phrases "ecology" and "wedding" could hardly have less in common? With the average wedding costing well over $15,000 today, one would think so. And yet the green or ecologically friendly wedding is gaining momentum across the nation.

The green wedding, like any other wedding style, has its tribal features. By tribal, I mean the signs and signifiers that help tell the guests what the wedding is supposed to mean and how the couple prefers to appear. From a tribal perspective, a green wedding can be hauntingly romantic, with its outdoor setting, its focus on living plants and its less formal gown (often made of hemp) that brings to mind fairy outings from 400 years ago.

In personal appearance, the ecology bride is often the gamine type. Even on her wedding day, her fresh face forms a contrast with the heavily made-up cover girls of bridal magazines.

When it comes to more functional aspects, the green wedding's shape and flavor flow from three main goals:

- Do no harm.
- Patronize earth-friendly vendors.
- Reuse and recycle.

Do no harm. The green bride tries to avoid products or activities that could compromise the environment. For this reason, butterfly releases are rare (vendors are not always careful to ship butterflies only to appropriate, native environments). Similarly, beeswax candles are avoided, as is the use of styrofoam or soft plastics at the reception -- glass and porcelain are substituted. (Brides are often surprised to discover the caterer charges little extra for this service.)

Many green bridal couples are vegetarian or vegan. In metropolitan or college-town communities, this provides a great excuse to serve dazzling ethnic foods at the reception at a reasonable cost!

Hemp is widely respected among environmentalists, because unlike cotton, it can be grown without pesticides and returns most of its nutrients to the soil. When the green bride buys a new gown for her ceremony, she often looks to hemp fabrics. Surprisingly flexible, hemp can go upmarket ("hemp satin") or relaxed (cottony separates that can be worn after the wedding).

Patronize earth-friendly vendors. Flower petals in paper cones are environmentally friendlier than bubble solution in plastic containers and require no clean-up. The trick is finding petal suppliers that don't use pesticides. These growers are more popular in the United Kingdom than the United States.

Green brides might also distribute harm-free favors, such as sachets made of pesticide-free herbs, live flowers, tree seedlings or small packets of organic tea. In fact, some brides register at charitable organizations instead of department stores and contribute to environmentally active organizations instead of handing out favors.

Reuse, recycle. Even the most traditional wedding brings opportunities for reuse/recycling. For example, leftovers from the reception can be delivered to food banks and flowers dropped off at hospitals or rest homes. The green bride often takes this a step further and chooses recycled paper for invitations and Save-the-Date cards, for example.

She might also re-use a wedding gown (her mother's could be ideal, or failing that, one from a thrift or vintage store).Otherwise, the green bride might opt for a new gown that isn't too formal to be worn regularly after the ceremony.

Just as at the grocery store, eco-friendly does not necessarily mean cheaper. Ecology brides are sometimes surprised to discover their weddings cost $10,000 and up, just like those of their more traditional sisters. Still, when she looks back on a wedding that opted for more "nature," less formality and less conspicuous consumption, the green bride often finds it was time well spent – and perhaps nurtures the hope that a guest or two will be inspired to follow her path.

© Blake Kritzberg


Blake Kritzberg is the proprietor of just-wedding-favors.com. Visit the site for easy, elegant, unusual and affordable wedding favor ideas, a wedding favor FAQ and free wedding screensaver.

This article may be freely reprinted so long as this resource box and URL are preserved.

 

 

Google ads are not personally selected by our admin team.
Find out more.
<empty> 
 

Featured Books


Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child
by Katie Allison Granju

--------------

Sign With Your Baby Complete Learning Kit
(ASL-based Book, Training Video & Quick Reference Guide combination

 

Google
 
Web www.naturalfamilyonline.com

Natural Family Online Home Free eNewsletter
Natural Family, Natural Parenting & Natural Health Articles FREE Baby or Child Website
Links Guide and Natural Family Resources Key Resource on the Web Award © 2003, 2004, 2005 Blame Mama Media
Visit the Balter Catalogue Co. Visit our NFO Natural Parenting Chat Board Web Hosting by Ballad Web Solutions
Cognigen Business Opportunity Attachment Parenting Chat Group - Off Site Many Graphics by  
Home, Business & Travel Solutions Extended Attachment Parenting Group - Off site Disclaimer and user agreement