Posts Tagged ‘Green Wedding Planning’

[Giveaway] Pop the Question with an Eco-Friendly Engagement Ring

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Want to propose with a gorgeous, yet eco-conscious engagement ring? We recently discovered Ecoura’s engagement ring collection available at REEDS Jewelers, which offers not only eco-friendly, but beautifully designed rings created with renewed gold. These stunning rings have the identical look and feel of newly mined gold without sacrificing quality and craftsmanship, so you can feel good about your purchase.

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While most gold comes from earth-destructive mining processes, renewed gold already exists in the world and is collected, melted, refined and churned into fresh bars of gold. A single gold ring produced this way helps save between five and 20 tons of environmental waste. Ecoura’s engagement ring collection also meets Renewed Gold Pact requirements. Additionally, the eco-friendly bridal ring line contributes to reforestation by planting a tree to celebrate each engagement ring sold.

Right now, GroomsAdvice readers can enter below to win a $50 REEDS gift card toward the purchase of an Ecoura ring of their choice. To enter, perform the social media actions listed below. Each action results in an entry (up to six). On Thursday April 10th, we’ll randomly select a winner and notify them via email or Facebook. Good luck!

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5 Ways to be an Eco-Friendly Groom

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

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By Sandy Moore, PennsylvaniaEnergy.org

Your wedding day will be the best day of your entire life. It’ll also be one of the most lavish days of your life. From food and travel to décor and drinks, your wedding is sure to be a massively consumptive affair.

You deserve it though! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you shouldn’t have to sweat over the reception facility’s decision to use two-ply toilet paper instead of one-ply. But if you’re looking to make a few personal eco-friendly adjustments to your day on the altar, here’s what you can do to be an earth friendly groom:

1. Dress smart. Your wedding day will be the most memorable of your life, so you probably want everything to be just about perfect. But you don’t necessarily need everything to be completely new. Try looking around for used tuxedos that are still in good condition. They’re available in most men’s stores, and they won’t cost you a fortune like a brand new tux.

2. Dress organically. They may not be the easiest items to find, but there are a few viable options for eco-friendly haberdashery. Maybe you avoid the head-to-toe hemp suit, but instead elect to go with a vest or tie made of organic cotton. You can also be sure to research different types of dress shoes and pick a pair that’s made from products which haven’t been manufactured at the expense of animal life.

3. Think about the future. When you’re purchasing clothing, decoration and other wedding accompaniment, remember that you’re about to enter a lifelong bond. Buy things you could envision yourself making use of in the future. The easiest way for anyone to go green is through reuse.

4. Monitor yourself. Your marriage is something worth celebrating – have fun and enjoy yourself to the fullest. That said, you can always be sure to moderate how much you consume, personally. If you’re not going to eat an extra piece of cake at the reception, don’t take it from the tray. You’d be astounded at how much food and drink goes to waste after the big celebration – there’s no need to contribute to it any more than you should.

5. Be specific about the gifts. If you’ve still got some time before the date, make a point to avoid registering for items you’ll have no need for. Doubling up on toasters or TVs can be wasteful; you’re better off requesting a donation in the name of you and your bride-to-be.

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What steps are you taking to ensure an eco-friendly wedding? Tell us in the comment section below.

The “New” Greenvelope is Live!

Monday, June 18th, 2012

In early 2011 I came across a new online wedding invitation service, Greenvelope.com, which had recently launched. Founded in his dorm room at Washington University in St. Louis by Sam Franklin, Greenvelope had one mission: to create a formal electronic wedding invitation service that emulated the experience of opening a traditional paper invitation and to help couples “go green” on their big day.

greenvelope logoGreenvelope has gained significant traction since early 2011, and they are well on their way to changing people’s view of electronic invitations.” With over ten thousand hosts using the service, Greenvelope has successfully initiated the green shift in the wedding invitation paradigm, providing users with an easy-to-use and highly customizable digital interface to deliver elegant invitations directly to e-mail inboxes around the world. Not only does the service provide a green, stylish and affordable option to wedding invitations, Greenvelope prides itself in providing the best customer service available, which we all know is important during the weeks leading up to the big day.

One of my favorite aspects of this service is the ability for grooms to stay involved in the process. From the design of the card all the way to tracking of the RSVP’s, the invitation experience can truly be shared with the user friendly interface and cloud based technology. When an account is created, all information is stored on the site, allowing you and your partner to check the status of who will be attending, what people will be eating and any comments people are sharing. Of course, all these features are optional, giving you complete control of your invitation destiny.

The service is not only limited to weddings. If you are not ready to go completely digital, the service is also great for bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners or any other events related to the big day.

To help celebrate the launch of their new website, Greenvelope is offering our readers a 15% discount on any purchase by entering the code “themanregistry” at checkout. (Valid through August 31st).

The Goods on Eco-Friendly Groom’s Wedding Attire

Friday, September 16th, 2011
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Photo – Shannon Lee Images

The fall issue of Eco-Beautiful Weddings has just been released and we’ve got a fresh article featured on pages 52-55. This time around we tackled the trendy topic of eco-friendly wedding wear for men. If you’re in search of green alternatives to traditional suits, dress shirts and accessories, we highly recommend checking this piece out… along with all of the other great articles and features.

Access the fall 2011 issue here. Cheers!

photo credit – shannon lee images

The Green Groom’s Guide to Baseball Weddings

Friday, June 24th, 2011

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Looking for eco-friendly ways to incorporate America’s Pastime into your wedding day? Look no further than the summer issue of Eco-Beautiful Weddings. On pages 67-69, you’ll find an article from yours truly on planning a green, baseball-themed wedding. From venues to cakes to photo shoot locales, you’ll find several options for showcasing your love of the game while staying true to environmentally-friendly practices.

Cheers!

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