Wedding season is in the air, but after all the dancing, champagne toasting, and celebrating, what's left behind is often an ugly mess—up to half a ton of garbage, food trucked in from hundreds of miles away that winds up being wasted, and junky favors that often wind up in the landfill.
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It's easy to associate a green wedding with spending more, but the truth is you will most often save money by slash your celebration's carbon footprint. Romance novel author Maya Rodale, whose family founded Rodale Press and the Rodale Organic Institute, threw her own green wedding with her family, and was able to cut out unnecessary expenses while still planning the wedding she wanted.
When greening your own wedding, it's important to remember that it's not all or nothing, and every small eco-upgrade helps. "Make the better, greener choices where you can, and don’t stress what you can’t," suggests Rodale. "My menu will be totally organic because I know a great caterer who does that. My dress is not at all organic because I didn’t love any of the eco-gowns I found." Below, 6 tips to get you started.
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