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22 December 2010

It's not 'all or nothing' when it comes to being environmentally conscious. There are so many little things you can do to make your wedding day and honeymoon 'eco friendly'.

Here's some ideas to get you headed in the right direction:

Start by inviting your guests to your wedding via an E-vite. It's not only better for the environment, but is also much better for your wallet! You can also do all your planning and budgeting online without having to print out a single page. There's obviously still something nice about a tangible invitation so if you do have your heart set on a traditional paper invite, opt for recycled paper and pre-loved envelopes.

Write a list of eco-stuff you would like and notify your guests. Choose items that are long lasting and quality made. You could also ask your guests for pre-loved or homemade items, for example provide them with a list of items you'd like and give them some second hand stores or websites where they could source these. Of course, it's also a great idea to provide your guests with one or a host of charities and/or organizations that you would like them to support on your behalf.

Buy a wedding dress that is made in NZ or Australia, rather than clocking up fuel miles flying it across the globe. Alternatively, buy a vintage or 'pre-loved' dress or consider altering a family members gown or use different parts of theirs to create your own. This can be your 'Something Old' or 'Something Borrowed'.

Instead of buying new rings for each other, melt down jewellery you no longer wear to create new, unique rings. Reset old jewels to design a ring that suits your own, personal style.

Use bubbles instead of confetti and then donate the bottles to your local nursery school.

Opt for environmentally friendly transportation to travel to the ceremony and reception such as a horse drawn carriage, a canoe, a hybrid car or a few bicycles. Alternatively plan your wedding in a location where your guests will not need to travel or need to rent accommodation. Better still, hold your wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue to avoid excessive driving.

Why not opt for a vegetarian wedding reception, serving local or organice wine (depending on your budget) and fair trade coffee and tea.

Use native tree seedlings as part of your table centrepieces which can double as eco-friendly favours, that your guests can keep in memory of your special occasion.

Ask your reception venue if they recycle bottles and paper, and find out whether they compost the food scraps. If not (and depending on OSH standards) see if you can arrange for a friend/guest to collect the food scraps for their compost heap.
If you're having an outdoor wedding, rent your dinnerware and glassware, instead of using throwaway plastics.

And for friends who cannot make it to your big event, have them email video clips that you can play at the reception!

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Shadan is the Aussie girl who married a Kiwi boy, and discovered first hand the lack of help available for UK-based Antipodeans returning "home" to marry.

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