Since last week’s post was about budget gowns, I thought that I’d revisit a topic I covered in the News Journal in 2008. Green Weddings still receive a lot of buzz, but Emily Elizabeth Anderson, author of eco-chic weddings (Hatherleigh, 2007) not only provides tips on planning an environmentally friendly celebration, but also one that is socially responsible while being affordable and elegant.
Being eco-chic does not mean that you have to sacrifice style. “Small changes add up,” said Anderson. “Together, they can have a global economic and environmental impact.”
The “eco” in “eco-chic” should stand for choices which are good for both the economy and the environment. As an advocate a sustainable style, one that exists in harmony with natural resources, Anderson said that many brides add another layer to their wedding planning when they focus on recycling. By simplifying your wedding in an eco-chic manner, you can reduce bridal jitters and fully enjoy your day.
Try to separate those things which are truly important to you from those that are a marketing message. “It’s your day,” said Anderson, “you don’t have to do anything. Brides should take the confidence they have from their everyday life and carry it through their weddings.”
The wedding planning process is a good time to start thinking of yourselves as a couple, said Anderson, and make your decisions jointly. Many couples pay for a significant portion of their wedding. As a result of the drive to create a “once in a lifetime” moment, they find themselves going into debt. Financial concerns are one of the leading causes of stress in marriages.
A look at three big ticket wedding items shows you ways your can keep your wedding eco-chic.