Green Bride Guide

ISBN: 9781402213458

By: Kate Harrison

Published: 11/30/2008

The Green Bride Guide offers a comprehensive, go-to resource for anyone interested in planning a green wedding or including a few eco-chic elements in their event.

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Your Wedding: Beautiful and Sustainable. Just Like Your Marriage

The Green Bride Guide has everything eco-conscious couples need to make their event more sustainable. Green wedding veteran and environmentalist Kate L. Harrison offers hundreds of eco-friendly choices in one handy reference.

Emphasizing elegance and individual taste, The Green Bride Guide covers all aspects of the big day and beyond.

  • Engagement
  • Location
  • Invitations
  • Bridal party attire
  • Flowers
  • The ceremony
  • The reception
  • Gifts
  • The honeymoon

Whether you want to include just a few green elements in your decor or have a carbon-neutral wedding with local organic food and a peace silk dress, you'll fi nd the resources you need to pull it off with panache. And you can plan a gorgeous green event on any budget - Kate offers options in every price category.

Paired with a website and complete with vendor worksheets, The Green Bride Guide is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in planning an elegant, exciting, eco-friendly wedding.

Say "I Do" and Save The Planet


Table of Contents

Why a Green Wedding?
How to Use This Book

Chapter 1
Rules of Engagements
Planning Timeline
Hiring a Planner

Chapter 2
Location, Location, Location
Creating a Sustainable Vision
Weddings in the United States
Destination Weddings

Chapter 3
Here Comes the Eco-chic Bride
Hair and Makeup

Chapter 4
Greening the Groom and Bridal Party
Men's Haberdashery
Bridesmaid Dresses
Unifying Elements

Chapter 5
Say It Green with Save-the-Dates, Invitations,
and Wedding Websites
The Basics
Virtual Correspondence
Tangible Correspondence
Paper Correspondence

Chapter 6
Gathering the Green Flowers
The Dirt on Flowers
Ceremony Flowers
Non-flower Alternatives
Reception Flowers

Chapter 7
Going Green - Transportation and Guest Comfort
Guest Comfort
Welcome Baskets
Making Kids Happy

Chapter 8
A Ceremony on Earth
Ceremony Decor
Ritual Objects

Chapter 9
The Green Reception
Setting the Stage
Organizational Elements
Table Decorations

Chapter 10
Gastronomically Green - Food and Drink
Cake and Dessert

Chapter 11
Green Music and Memories
Photography and Videography

Chapter 12
Giving and Receiving Green
Thank-You Gifts for the Wedding Party

Chapter 13
Planning an Eco-fabulous Honeymoon
General Planning Tips
Minimal-Impact Travel
Honeymoon Abroad
Honeymoon in the United States
Carbon Offsetting Air Travel

Chapter 14

Sustainability Worksheets
Recommended Reading
Key Resources
About the Author


In the fall of 2006, when my husband, Barry, and I began thinking about and planning our own green wedding, we were surprised by how little information was available to


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Format: Paperback

Length: 8 in
Width: 5 in
Weight: 13.00 oz
Page Count: 304 pages


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