Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it can also put a lot of stress on the planet.

Just think: Guests typically fly or drive in from miles away, as do the caterers, photographers and musicians; the bridesmaids’ dresses have to be boxed and shipped, sometimes to all corners of the country; hundreds of sheets of paper are used for invitations, programs and menus; and flowers grown with pesticides are brought in from thousands of miles away. It’s enough to make you say “I do” to a green wedding.

mig1.jpgHow to Get Married in Green, by Suzan St Maur, aims to help you do just that. From the rings to the ceremony to the honeymoon, the book provides easy, achievable tips for making all aspects of your big day a little bit greener. Maur maintains a balance between what is feasible and what is taking the whole thing to extremes, proving that you don’t have to compromise on glamour, quality or fun to get married in green. For instance, she writes that it’s okay to serve prime rib at your reception, just make sure that it’s organic or locally sourced. And, while you certainly don’t have to do everything the book suggests, in the end, you’ll enjoy your wedding even more knowing you’re starting your marriage out on the right foot.

Note: Although the book was written for couples getting married in the U.K., much of Maur’s advice can easily be adapted to the U.S. wedding market.

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