Thursday, June 25, 2009

How to make your wedding more eco-friendly

With the wedding season just around the corner, there are many ways to make a wedding in Singapore more eco-friendly....there are some simple and inexpensive ways to make a wedding more environmentally friendly.

One of the things to consider when planning a wedding is to reduce fuel emissions used by guests and the cost of the venue rentals by holding the ceremony and reception in one place. There are many venues in Singapore that offer both hotel services and services for both outdoor and indoor ceremony locations and receptions.

If that is not possible, consider getting a shuttle bus for the guests from the ceremony to the reception or carpool in hybrid vehicles.

There are also facilities that promote environmental preservation that can be rented out for special events. They can reduce the amount of water they use and other utilities on yoru big day.

When it comes to brides, they can consider wearing gowns made of natural fabrics or wear a used gown.

With photography, consider going with a photographer who keeps photos digital and only prints out the photos that are wanted. It's possible, they won’t actually send you a proof book. You can go online.

And with your honeymoon, consider planning an eco-travel honeymoon. Eco-travel agents can be found online and can meet anyone’s needs such as hiking, lounging on a beach, or strolling through a museum. You don’t have to go on a cruise or do something that is going to harm the environment producing carbon emissions.

One unusual idea, suggested is holding the ceremony near water and, instead of leaving in a limo, leaving the ceremony in a canoe!

With d├ęcor, try using soy candles, which burn cleaner and longer and spills are much easier to clean up. Also, natural elements such as branches and river rocks.

For invitations, the paper can be made of high-recycled content or from alternative fiber such as hemp or bamboo. They are really unique in how you can get tons of textures, colours and designs. You can really customize it and also the same price than going with your normal invitations, so why not?

Flower arrangements can be done with wildflowers. And those planning a wedding can ask their florist about donating the flowers to facilities such as hospitals.

Hiring local vendors and entertainment cuts down on travel and carbon emissions. Also acoustic musicians can cut down on electricity.

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