The Eco-Friendly Wedding Trend

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It's a nice day for a... green wedding.

 

From The Associated Press
By Connie Mabin

The bride chose a gown that could be worn again to parties, the groom organized guest car pools in hybrid vehicles, and the couple picked an outdoor Japanese garden over a big, energy-sucking reception hall.

Everything about Kristy Wang and Nik Kaestner's big day in San Francisco was decidedly "green" - from locally grown, organic vegetables to homemade tablecloths that were later turned into dinner napkins.

"Every time we make decisions, we're trying to decide what would be the least wasteful," Wang said. "We didn't want it to be about consumption."

Going green is a growing trend in the multimillion-dollar wedding industry, and businesses are cashing in.

New York's OZOcar offers hybrid limousines; Boulder, Colo.-based Organic Vintners helps wine lovers find all-natural vintages; and Houston-based Green Hotels Association can find accommodations at places committed to saving water and energy and reducing solid waste.

Caterers are offering pesticide-free menus, and fine china and linen napkins instead of throwaways. Web sites help newlyweds set up donations to charities that benefit the environment, so guests have an alternative to heavily wrapped presents.

Tango’s Take

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something… green. Reading through the article, there is a lot that a couple can do, if so inclined. As if brides-to-be don’t have enough to worry about, now they have to be environmentally considerate. The article acknowledges that eco-friendly weddings are typically more expensive for the couples. For some the peace of mind they get is well worth the extra cost. For instance, instead of getting the B-52s to provide celebration tunes, they can get the B-52s cover band The Aqua Velva (note: they may be a tribute band and we can’t discern the difference). This is part of the movement towards ‘socially conscious’ weddings. Included on that list are: non-conflict diamonds, ditching the rice-throwing; and keeping endangered Chilean Sea Bass off the menu. According to a recent survey (see Dish from June 7, 2007), parents don’t pay for the majority of weddings anymore, so if you want locally grown produce served on fine China, have at it.

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