Going Green: Eco-Friendly Weddings

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Going green has been an emerging trend in the last decade, but who knew that the latest craze would be eco-chic weddings? The GreenBrideGuide is a new resource for all those out there looking to plan a wedding in an eco-friendly way.

Environmental lawyer Kate Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan An Earth-Friendly Wedding On Any Budget, has created the company GreenBrideGuide.com, which is committed to spreading environmental awareness by offering green tips, facts and ideas to help future brides and grooms plan their big day.

So what exactly is the definition of a "green wedding"? According to GreenBrideGuide's "Green Weddings 101," a green wedding is "any wedding where the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the planet." We all know about the benefits of going green and being environmentally conscious, but most bridezillas are not focused on Earth when it comes to their big day. GreenBrideGuide does, however, purport to offer brides the chicness of conventional weddings in addition to saving the planet.

GreenBrideGuide.com offers everything from eco-conscious jewelry, recycled paper invitations, eco-couture gowns made of sustainable materials, and environmental makeup to non-wasteful gifts and party favors. In addition to shopping online for wedding ideas, Harrison also emphasizes locally based options in any city she visits.

On March 3, GreenBrideGuide will be coming to the Houston Wedding Showcase at the George R. Brown Convention Center on their "Eco-Wedding Tour." The booth (also completely handmade and eco-friendly) will feature an interactive space where brides are essentially integrated into a fake wedding planning process. Attendees will get to choose materials, samples and other goodies and experience green alternatives firsthand.

For more information, visit GreenBrideGuide.com and HoustonWeddingShowcase.com. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and available at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

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