Green wedding course helps couples plan sustainable weddings

Many couples are worried about the impact that their wedding will have on their budget, but environmentally-conscious wedding planners might also consider the effect that their big day will have on the planet.

The Wedding Planning Institute is offering a course titled Green Wedding Planning Certification, which is written and instructed by Kate Harrison, the author of the Green Bride Guide. The online course is four weeks long and offers couples tips to reduce the carbon foot print of their ceremonies and receptions.

"There are over 2 million weddings a year in the United States and an average of 150 guests per wedding," Harrison says. "The environmental impact of the wedding industry is tremendous."

Even a few small changes can create a more sustainable wedding day. Couples can chose wedding invitations made from recycled materials, or give guests eco-friendly wedding favors like small potted plants.
Candlelight will create an intimate and sustainable reception. Dim the electric lights or turn them off all together and fill the room with soy based candles.

Couples who register for gifts and appliances should seek out products that use repurposed materials from companies with environmentally responsible methods of production. They could also forgo presents altogether and suggest guests make a donation to a green non-profit in their name.

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