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Sustainable Weddings are the New Shade of Green 5 Tips to Planning a Green Wedding

You recycle, reuse and repurpose your purchases; taking care to limit the amount of trash that you create. Want to carry to carry this philosophy over to that special wedding day? Sustainable weddings are a growing trend in the wedding industry with many wedding planners taking care to make weddings more green for their eco-friendly brides. Follow these easy tips to make your wedding day more eco-conscious without cutting corners.

Green wedding venues

Green wedding venues are your first stop. Shopping for green wedding venues is not too difficult. Most green wedding venues will offer information on sustainable measures that are in place to reduce their environmental footprint. Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables employees many green solutions to keep our farm and animals healthy and to reduce the use of pesticides and water waste. These sustainable practices are in place to reduce energy costs, water use and run-off on our farm.

green wedding venues

Planning a sustainable wedding will reduce the amount of trash produced at your reception. The biggest offender at most weddings are disposable serviceware. Plates, napkins, glasses and forks end up in the trash at the end of evening. Consider using china for your reception and cut down on the amount of waste. If you are still inclined to use disposables, there are now more environmentally-friendly options including disposables made from palm leaves that are compostable and biodegradable. Eco-gecko produces these sustainable plates and they add a unique flair to look of your event.

green wedding

Opt for a caterer who buys fresh local produce. Sourcing produce locally is a wonderful way to support our farmers and will reduce the impact of shipping on the environment. Your caterer will create a menu tailored to produce that is in-season during your wedding date.

wedding guests

Floral arrangements are another great way to go local. Consider purchasing flowers from local cut-your-own farms or work with a florist who can create your arrangements from locally-sourced in-season flowers. Living arrangements are another option to cut flowers. Consider arrangements made from succulents; these can make nice wedding favors for your wedding guests at the end of the evening.

Lastly, go green on your wedding send off. Bubbles are a friendly non-invasive way to say good-bye at the end of the evening and have the added bonus of creating wonderful wedding pictures for your farewell. Happy planning and for more sustainable practices at Hermitage Hill visit our green living page at http://www.hermitagehillfarm.com/about-us/green-living/.

Nikki Nargi and her husband, Craig, own and operate Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables in beautiful downtown Hermitage, Virginia. Nikki is a designer and Craig is a chef with 20 plus years in the hospitality industry. They bring their diverse backgrounds together to help inspire brides-to-be and make that "big day" a little more special and stress free. Learn about Hermitage Hill and gain useful event planning tips on their blog. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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