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Save the Earth: How to add shades of green to your wedding day
By The Associated Press

By The Associated Press

Some environmentally friendly ideas for wedding planning:

-Limit guest travel. Have the wedding in the town where most guests live; help arrange car pools.

-Have a daytime wedding, outdoors when possible.

-Choose recycled paper for invitations and place cards.

-Serve organic, locally grown food.

-Decorate with organic, locally grown flowers, fruits and veggies. Create smaller centerpieces. Choose potted plants rather than cut flowers.

-Seek out caterers who recycle materials and use linen and china instead of disposables.

-Wear vintage clothes and jewelry, or choose "green" fibers like silk or organic cotton.

-Use candles.

-Go acoustic.

-Hire a hybrid limo, or a horse and buggy.

-Pick digital over film.

-Check out businesses that claim to provide green services and see if they really do; many new companies have entered the rapidly growing market.

-Find out how much greenhouse gas your wedding will create at TerraPass.com, which offers to then "offset" the event by inviting you to invest in energy saving technologies.

-Pass it on: Show guests that an elegant event can also be light on the environment.

www.greenweddings.net: Links to green bridal goods and services.

www.greatgreenwedding.com: Links to green providers and discussion groups.

www.portovert.com: Online magazine for Earth-friendly brides and grooms.

www.visionpaper.com: Tree-free kenaf paper products.

www.chameleonpackaging.com: Tree-free papers and bamboo fabrics.

www.brides.com/green: Eco-wedding guide.

www.ecoparti.com: Seed favors, soy candles and biodegradable confetti.

www.ecochicweddings.com: Ideas from the author of the book of the same name.

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Sources: Maria McBride, Brides magazine; Nik Kaestner, environmental consultant, San Francisco; Eric Fenster, Back to Earth Inc., Berkeley, Calif.; Latha Poonmallee, Case Western Reserve University; www.WedAlert.com; Debi Lilly, A Perfect Event, Chicago.