Kudos to ElizabethF.
Eloping is without question, THE WAY to wed and is as eco-friendly as you chose. Another HUGE benefit is that it is without the stress and politics that are inevidable in planning and hosting most weddings!! Marriage is about the union of two people.
"without tossing tradition out the window." Research proves wedding traditions commonly created by retailers to create consumer spending. Check out the book 'Brides, Inc.' for an insightful look into the factual and the surreal.
The "traditional" "eco-friendly" way to get married is to ELOPE: no engagement ring, no dress, no bottles for the caterer to recycle (as another blurb here promotes). We did it and can't say enough good about it!
I am very disappointed to see how dated your story is. Obviously you are working off of opinions or dated research since nothing is cited in regard to conflict diamonds. Instead of getting your information from the movie Blood Diamond, you should have performed proper research and fact checked.
Renaissance Diamonds (http://www.renaissancediamonds.com) offers genuine, lab created diamonds. These real diamonds are never mined in conflict areas because they are never mined at all!
The wars in Sierra Leone and Angola are both over. Your story should be changed to reflect that.
Suzan St Maur
You may be interested to know about my blog:
… where readers can post questions about how to make their weddings and other celebrations more eco-friendly, or they can email them to me, and I respond with the answers.
The blog is based on my latest book, “How To Get Married In Green: have an eco-friendly wedding without compromising on style,” which was published recently.
…although of course it’s available on all Amazons, not just the UK version, and is in most good book stores worldwide.
With all good wishes
SUZAN ST MAUR
You can made your invitations out of tree free paper (cotton, sugarcane, mango leaves). Really beautiful and creates use for post harvest waste that gets burned or dumped in rivers.
Eco-friendly does = cheaper - some of the some sites feature expensive items - consider the packaging and mailing of those items. We used local growers for flowers and mixed cut flower with plants we gave away. Also use disposable products made out of corn - we found them on the web.
Take the flowers to a local hospital, nursing home or retirement center where many people will be able to enjoy them.