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A Greener Wedding

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So I’m taking part in Blog Action Day. Today bloggers from all over are writing about the environment and how it relates to their topic. That’s an easy one for me–there are so many ways to maintain your green factor, but still have a stylish wedding.

First, stop feeling guilty about your invitations. Use recycled paper. It helps create a demand for recycled products, and it keeps the trees rooted firmly in the ground. Check with Make My Day Event Planning in Lewes. They carry Checkerboard stationery, which offers invites on 100 percent recycled paper. Not all of the card stock is recycled, so be sure to ask.

Another good way to cut down on your paper consumption is to limit some of the extras. You don’t have to go crazy on 86-ing the goods. A little judgment goes a long way. For example, keep the RSVP cards, but pick postcard options. That way guests can send them back sans envelope. As an added bonus, you’ll save some of the other green, since you won’t have to buy envelopes, and you can use postcard stamps.

Looking good can feel good, too. Try some of the green cosmetics we have in the area. There’s Avenue Apothecary and Spa in Rehoboth Beach, which uses only organic products. Then there’s Aveda in the Christiana Mall. The company uses recycled materials in its packaging, and many organic ingredients. Check in with Houppette Ltd., in Greenville. The store carries products by Flower Skin, which are 100 percent biodegradable, organic and packaged in recycled materials.

Jewelry can be recycled, too. By buying estate bands for you and your hubby-to-be, you’ll avoid creating demand for conflict diamonds and gold mining. You can find incredible pieces at many of the stores in the area, but keep in mind that here is a certain element of luck with estate pieces, since each ring will be distinctly different. Your best bet on finding just what you want is to shop around. Some good places to check are: A.R. Morris in Wilmington, Carl Doubet in Greenville, Chatelaine’s Jewelry in Lewes, Continental Jewelers in North Wilmington, Nichols Fine Jewelry in Wilmington, and Stuart Kingston in Wilmington.

And whenever possible, shop local. That’s especially true for food and alcohol. Most caterers will work with you if you ask for locally-grown ingredients. Beer and wine can be a little more tricky because of liquor laws in the state. The best way to find out is to ask. Check with your caterer to see if they can sell beer by Dogfish Head and Twin Lakes Brewery or wine by Nassau Valley and Pizzadili Vineyards.

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