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Planning a wedding for Summer 2010?

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on May 12, 2010
Tags: green tips

Erik & Ariana exit the church following their "I do's"Announcing Kevin and Jillian Hackett and Erik and Ariana Wammer! On August 8, 2009, NativeEnergy’s marketing coordinator, Ariana Fondry, married Erik Wammer, a SAP Programmer Analyst from Sacramento, California. It was a perfect Vermont summer day, and after months of planning, plotting, and praying, the reception was held at The Barn at Lang Farm in Essex, Vermont. The day went splendidly without a hitch – well there was one (other) hitch, of course!

The following month on September 26, 2009, Kevin Hackett, our senior sales manager, married Jillian Bradley, a fellow native Vermonter. The events were held at Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort in Plymouth, Vermont.

Weddings are a wonderful and happy occasion. Friends and family from all corners of the earth come to see the two of you and celebrate with you. There are months, if not years, spent planning these special days. And while you may want the memory of that day to last forever, your wedding's effect on the environment need not endure. Here are some of the choices you can make for a sustainable day.

When you start your planning, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the things you have to deal with. No one planning a wedding needs yet another thing to figure out. These three simple steps should, however, help you stay on track, stay green, and possibly even save you money. REDUCE, REUSE, OFFSET. NativeEnergy’s event calculator can help you think through these steps.

The average wedding in the United States costs $20,500! REDUCE this number. This is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but that doesn’t mean you need to get those expensive linens or invite everyone you ever knew. Your wedding day is exactly that – yours. An entire wedding industry has grown up to tell you that you need to do this and you need to do that, but those are suggestions - not rules.

REUSE – if any food is left over from your reception, donate it to a local food shelf, or have a friend or family member take the best stuff home and freeze it, so you can enjoy it when you return from your honeymoon. Use decorations that you already have. Christmas lights are a perfect example. Ariana, who was big into the DIY aspect of her wedding, “I enjoyed making the place cards, using my own photography, and giving away wildflower seeds as gifts. I added my own touch where I could to make it more personal and, in most cases, I cut down on the cost.”

Kevin & Jillian pose for a photo with their dog, Kota.Jillian took a creative approach to that classic problem of wearing a beautiful gown only once and never again - she made her sister-in-law’s dress her own. Borrowing or buying a pre-owned gown, or selling your dress to another bride after the wedding can save you lots of cash and reduce the demand for brand new garments. Not to mention the carbon emissions generated when transporting enough dresses here to outfit 2.4 million American brides each year (One Wed’s Bridal Blog).

And finally, OFFSET. Offer an alternative to the generic registry. If that sweet great-aunt of yours wants to contribute to your wedding, why not suggest she offset it for you. You can also offer an inexpensive wedding favor to all of your out-of-town guests by offsetting their travel and hotel stays. NativeEnergy gave both couples gift certificates from their registries, and, you guessed it, enough carbon offsets to counter-balance the footprint of both weddings. If you know of a couple who is getting married soon and would like to give them a unique gift, visit NativeEnergy’s event calculator to offset their wedding!


Helpful Green Wedding information:
“Green Wedding: Planning your Eco-Friendly celebration” By, Mireya Navarro


(Note: As of 2011, the NativeEnergy event calculator is not currently available.)

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