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Here comes the bride, all dressed in ... green?

February 21, 2008
Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Even if you don’t want to wear green down the aisle, you certainly can be green with the globally conscious, stylishly aware “Eco-Chic Weddings: Simple Tips to Plan an Environmentally Friendly, Socially Responsible, Affordable and Stylish Celebration” ($12.95, Hatherleigh Press).

The book by Emily Elizabeth Anderson is the real bride’s guide to a hip, fun and environmentally friendly celebration.

Bigger and more extravagant weddings have made the wedding business a huge part of today’s marketplace.

Wedding parties spend more than $125 billion a year in the U.S. alone.

From the jewelry to the flowers, the gowns to the food, and everything in between, the wedding industry has a huge impact on the global economy and the environment.

For the bride who wants to be socially responsible and environmentally friendly, but doesn’t want to spend a fortune or sacrifice choice, comfort, or style, “Eco-Chic Weddings” is an indispensable resource.

With simple, sustainable suggestions for everything from selecting a location, to deciding on a ring, invitations, decorations, menus, dressing the entire bridal party and more, “Eco-Chic Weddings” will help any bride plan a wedding full of integrity and elegance.

Quick, affordable tips from “Eco-Chic Weddings” include:

• Choose a venue that is already beautifully decorated, such as a church or park, so that you can save on both the cost and environmental impact of bringing in lots of flowers or other decorations.

• Skip the save-the-date card and save some trees — and a lot of hassle. You save on postage, too.

• Use flowers that are in season. They’re cheaper, and you’ll reduce the environmental cost of shipping in non-local flowers.

A wedding is a wonderful time to be eco-friendly. And with the food, design and beauty industries getting on board with green, it is easier than ever to have a glamorous affair that reflects your personal beliefs in sustainable living.

“Eco-Chic Weddings” will show you how.

Anderson is a freelance writer, certified yoga instructor and an advocate of sustainable style.

She has worked for Vanity Fair, Donna Karan New York and Martha Stewart Living, where she was the event director. Anderson also studied interior design at the Parsons School of Design.

“Eco-Chic Weddings” is the result of Anderson’s background in fashion, beauty and design, and her passion for conscious consumerism.

She lives in New York City with her husband.

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