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4 Simple 'green' wedding ideas

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Waste Less Paper
Use tree-free or recycled paper for everything from invites to programs to seating cards, says Danielle Venokur, founder and principle planner for dvGreen, a sustainable event design company in New York.

Leave a Smaller Carbon Footprint
“Choose a location that is central to the majority of your guests, so that less people have to fly to your event,” says Kate L. Harrison, author of “The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget” (Sourcebooks, 2008), and founder of In addition, try to select a venue that is easily accessible by public transportation, if possible in your area.

Decorate Sustainably
“Rentals, in general, are a great way to be more environmentally conscious because you’re reusing,” says Harrison. Up the ante by renting linen from companies that use “green” dry cleaning and offer products made of eco-friendly materials, such as hemp silk.

Use Eco-Friendly Florals
Venokur suggests only springing for in-season flowers that are grown locally. Also, consider blossoms that have a big impact with less quantity.

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