Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


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Green weddings give me headaches.

I know, this is a horrible thing to admit.  But part of my anxiety and apprehension is that there seems to be no stopping point in the quest to be green.  There also seems to be no way to know the greenest choice.  Are invites printed at home more green than ordering an invite you love from an art studio in Philadelphia?  Technically, the DIY invites have a lower carbon footprint (depending on the paper supplier) but I don’t have vegetable based inks on my printer!  What about plantable paper?  Is that truly the greenest?

On top of this, I feel like green weddings are just this trend that give brides a point of pride. Like marriage, living green is about more than just one day. On your wedding day, you should not feel guilty about choosing an invitation that isn’t recycled paper printed with soy based ink from a solar powered (local) art studio. You are getting m-a-r-r-i-e-d! The rest is just a fancy party.

I love simplicity. I love uncomplicated. In my life, being green is the courage and energy to force things to be simple. So my part of Green Week will concentrate on simplicity in weddings. Because really, it shouldn’t be that hard. There are easy steps you can take to make your wedding less of a stress AND more environmentally friendly.  I hope you enjoy.