Win a Copy of The Green Bride Guide

The Green Bride Guide by Kate Harrison To celebrate Earth Day and Green Wedding Week here at, we’re giving away two copies of Kate Harrison’s The Green Bride Guide. (I just wrote a review of the book over here.)

For your chance to win, simply leave your answer to the following question in the comment section beneath this post:

What’s your favorite green wedding tip or idea? If it’s something you’ve found online, feel free to leave the website url.

Deadline is 11:59 PM Eastern Time May 13, 2009. The two winners will be chosen by the random number generator and posted May 15, 2009. The winners will be contacted by email. Contest is open to residents of the U.S and Canada only.

Good luck. I look forward to your responses!

P.S. Thanks so much Kate and SourceBooks, Inc for providing books!

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  1. Posted by Kathleen H. on April 22nd, 2009 at 11:53am

    My favorite green wedding idea is to throw birdseed instead of rice. Makes a nice meal for the neighborhood birds and squirrels who like seed at well!
  2. Posted by merium on April 22nd, 2009 at 12:25pm

    I love the idea of creating something new from something old~I will be making bouquet wraps from the lace sleeves of my Mom's wedding dress, and a jacket from the satin skirt. There should be enough satin and lace left over to make hair fascinators as well!
  3. Posted by Brittany on April 22nd, 2009 at 4:10pm

    I actually really like the idea of disposing of wedding favors altogether. Too many of them are unnecessary and create waste (we've all received wedding favors that immediately get tossed after the reception). If a couple really does want to acknowledge their guests, I think a donation in their honor is the best, most 'green' way to go.
  4. Posted by Karen on April 22nd, 2009 at 4:20pm

    I was very concerned about using live flowers because of farming practices and sustainability issues so I decided to order origami flowers and plan on displaying my paper bouquet in my home after the wedding is over!
  5. Posted by Aarika on April 22nd, 2009 at 4:21pm

    I just read that handwriting invitations and/or using calligraphy is a way to be "green". Handwritten invites will add a special touch to an intimate event.
  6. Posted by Mary B. on April 22nd, 2009 at 5:36pm

    Vegetarian meals are a great way to "go green" at a wedding, when one examines the amount of grain it takes to feed cattle as opposed to using meat alternatives. Another option is to find a caterer that can supply a "100 Mile Meal", meaning everything is locally produced and not shipped in from halfway across the globe.
  7. Posted by Stephanie on April 22nd, 2009 at 6:01pm

    I actually love the idea of buying a gently pre-owned wedding gown. So many women spend hundreds, nay, THOUSANDS of dollars on a dress that will end up cluttering the bottom of their closet for years to come. I know some may be horrified at the thought of wearing someone else's used wedding dress, but I love the idea - and it's green too!
  8. Posted by Karla on April 22nd, 2009 at 7:03pm

    I love the idea of recycling gold for our wedding bands. It's a way of keeping tradition by using my grandma's wedding ring but also matching my E-ring. It's very eco and budget friendly as well!
  9. Posted by Jessica on April 22nd, 2009 at 10:41pm

    My favorite is having the reception and ceremony in the same location. I'm going one step further - we're renting a house for the weekend so all of the out of town guests are on site! And then we intend to give them bus passes so they can check out the area while they're here.
  10. Posted by Quick Lunar Cop on April 23rd, 2009 at 7:16am

    My favourite green wedding tip is to have trees planted instead of giving favours. It's a great way to help offset the carbon emissions from your wedding!
  11. Posted by Jason on April 23rd, 2009 at 8:58am

    If you have a bit of time, make your own paper from scratch, using recycled bits of paper, to make the invitations or any paper product your wedding needs. Use soy ink for printing further to reduce the planetary cost of your special day.
  12. Posted by Rika on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:46am

    I like the idea of potted plants and flowers for centerpieces, and then giving them away to guests as favors after the reception. Then we will all breathe a little easier.
  13. Posted by Rachel on April 23rd, 2009 at 11:09am

    A great green idea that I'm using for my wedding is making my own recycled wedding favors! I'm using random things found around the house that may normally be un-used or thrown out as trash and am making them into wine charms! (i.e. old computer keyboard keys, bottle caps, broken necklaces, etc.) Other items I may purchase from thrift stores or get from family members!
  14. Posted by Rose on April 23rd, 2009 at 11:54am

    A great green idea that I am going to use for my wedding is to use vintage bed sheets to sew the linens for the reception. Afterwards, T. and I can use them at home and have enough to use at large parties and even on a daily basis. (No more paper napkins!)
  15. Posted by Chrystal on April 24th, 2009 at 9:18am

    My favorite idea is that invitation paper that you can plant (seeded paper). It looks cool and there is not 250 invitations in the trash. I'd post a link but you can google "seeded paper" and find a variety of companies.
  16. Posted by Felicity on April 24th, 2009 at 11:02am

    I'm using recycled paper for our invitations, canvas lunch bags for our OOT bags, an organic cotton sheet set for our "photo booth" backdrop, and sewed all of our napkins that I will re-purpose into a quilt after the wedding.
  17. Posted by Shelby on April 24th, 2009 at 11:10am

    Oh green weddings! Picking a venue that supports local vendors and buys local food is a must for me. I don't want my flowers shipped across and ocean just because they are lovely. Sending emails instead of paper save the dates -- cuts down on cost and waste! Buying used whenever you can -- for dresses, accessories, decorations -- reuse, reuse, reuse!
  18. Posted by Vicki on April 24th, 2009 at 11:30am

    Use a local florist that grows their own flowers. This reduces carbon emissions for transportation and you support your local vendors.
  19. Posted by Melissa on April 24th, 2009 at 11:40am

    Our wedding is green to the gills. We are having the ceremony and reception at the same site, which is also where the all the guests will be staying. And all our food and flowers will be coming from the farm next door!
  20. Posted by Palila B on April 24th, 2009 at 11:42am

    Looking for caterers that at use locally-grown foods. Not only is it tastier, but you can show off some local pride in the buffet!
  21. Posted by Patty on April 24th, 2009 at 12:21pm

    I love the idea of renting the bridal party outfits: wedding gown, bridesmaid's gown, and the tuxes.
  22. Posted by kate m on April 24th, 2009 at 1:02pm

    invitations that can be planted, and the paper has seeds that grow into flowers - lovely!

    also, rings made from recycled gold.
    lots of them on Etsy!!

    and purchasing carbon credits for guests flying or driving a long distance. And purchasing carbon credits for your honeymoon!

    and, of course, locally grown food makes such a huge impact. Our caterer only uses what is in season from local farms - Delicious and Earth Friendly!
  23. Posted by Jamie J on April 24th, 2009 at 1:33pm

    Make choices that are in season, food-flowers-sites. Helps reduce the toil long distance shipping takes on the environment!
  24. Posted by Erica on April 24th, 2009 at 1:49pm

    I have two favorite! I really enjoy the seed paper that you can print your invites, etc, on and I also like the idea of using potted plants for flower decorations instead of cut flowers that will just get tossed!
  25. Posted by Michelle Elisabeth on April 24th, 2009 at 1:54pm

    For a Wedding I attended last August, the bride took the public bus to the ceremony with her bridesmaids, and the whole Wedding party took the bus to the reception.

    I was truly surprised at how wonderful a choice it was! They got cheers and congratulations while riding and the bus gave enough space for the whole Wedding party to sit together in the back and socialize. Earth-friendly, intimate and a fun way of celebrating with your wider community!
  26. Posted by Nicole-Lynn on April 24th, 2009 at 3:08pm

    My favorite green wedding idea is using natural elements, seashells, sand, driftwood, etc. things that are from nature!
  27. Posted by Kelli S. on April 24th, 2009 at 3:44pm

    My favorite green idea is to decrease the number of individually printed pieces that are common to weddings.

    Instead of printed programs, I like using a large poster board on an easel. A thin foam board sign can run you about $100, which is significantly less than having paper programs printed and cut. At the ceremony, you can position the poster board at the entrance of the church or whatever the ceremony site happens to be.

    In lieu of escort cards at the reception, guests' names and table numbers printed on a large poster board and set on an easel will also work. Don't forget that you can still easily tie in the theme and colors of your wedding. You could even find a decorative easel or way of displaying it, rather than using a plain metal easel.

    Instead of a menu card at each place setting, use one or two tall tent cards to display the menu to the entire table. This can also help add height and color to your table decor.
  28. Posted by Laurel on April 24th, 2009 at 6:06pm

    I am a big fan of all the websites that have sprung up helping brides sell their lightly used wedding items to other women planning weddings. It's environmentally friendly to re-use these items, and it's budget friendly too!
  29. Posted by NinaZ on April 24th, 2009 at 10:41pm

    I really enjoy taking old items and reusing them again. My wedding ring is an heirloom from my boyfriend's family. As for attire, I am planning on buying items that I can wear after my wedding. I am planning on buying a wrap dress made from organic bamboo from an independent designer. After my wedding, I am planning on having the dress dyed so I can wear it again. I really hate the idea of buying a dress to wear once, so buying an item I can reuse (happily) like the versatile wrap dress is my ideal way to be green.
  30. Posted by Michelle on April 24th, 2009 at 11:35pm

    I bought my dress from a boutique in NYC that sells dresses that were used in runway shows and then all of the money paid for the dress goes to charity. I plan to donate the dress back to the shop so it can go on to have yet another life. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
  31. Posted by Megan on April 25th, 2009 at 9:17pm

    I really like the idea of giving guests customized water bottles (like Nalgenes) as favors with a little note asking them to please use it in the future instead of disposable water bottles.
  32. Posted by Selina C. on April 26th, 2009 at 8:30am

    I have enjoyed all the websites that help brides- like free wedding website with RSVPs and free wedding planner online. How best to save a tree or two and even plant a tree on the day!
  33. Posted by Ghenet on April 26th, 2009 at 11:10pm

    I recently found a paper company that prints cards on paper that be planted, and will grow into various plants. I think it's a great idea for wedding invitations. So many guests end up throwing away the invites after the wedding, so why not have everyone plant them and grow some wildflowers?
  34. Posted by KATE on April 27th, 2009 at 9:41am

    Biodegradable confetti!!
  35. Posted by Rachel on April 28th, 2009 at 9:17am

    A wedding store recently went out of business and donated their gowns to the second-hand stores. I bought one and with a little loving work, it'll be beautiful. In my humble opinion :)
    I'll also print my own invites and use the wonderful world of internet and facebook to share the date.
  36. Posted by Mirya on April 29th, 2009 at 9:36am

    I love the idea of using live plants instead of cut flowers for centerpieces, and then giving them away as favors!
  37. Posted by wendy ardolino on April 30th, 2009 at 2:11am

    Go green! Used wine barrels bought at a vineyard (after wine-making) or at a secondhand store can be turned into cocktail-hour tables or flank the sides of your aisles - in the front or back - holding potted plants or other reusable decor!
  38. Posted by Carla on April 30th, 2009 at 12:37pm

    Instead of having the flower girl holding flowers, or throwing petals, I found this AWESOME site with a FREE download link! It is a pinwheel and you could use recycled paper, and it is something she can keep! I love making things of this nature so it was perfect for my upcoming wedding! Here is the link:

  39. Posted by Ashley on May 4th, 2009 at 7:13pm

    My favorite green wedding tip is to have a feast of local, vegan food. This way the food is sustainable, healthy, and kind to the earth.
  40. Posted by Jen on May 6th, 2009 at 12:32pm

    Instead of reply card, on the invitation write "We're saving a tree, please call (#) or email (address) to RSVP!"
  41. Posted by Amanda on May 8th, 2009 at 12:04pm

    My favorite green idea is to get married in a garden or park, that way you save on flowers and decorations. You get to enjoy the nature you are preserving rather than consuming.
  42. Posted by Jessica on May 8th, 2009 at 12:17pm, funky and recycled

    Having wedding, reception and lodging all in the same locale or within walking distance.

    And no one make nicer displays than mother nature.
  43. Posted by katherine m on May 11th, 2009 at 10:01pm

    I love the idea of local foods and treats! This really gives a feel for the area and supports local farmers as well!
  44. Posted by Marcia I on May 11th, 2009 at 11:07pm

    Instead of buying and wearing a big pouffy white thing, I will be wearing my mothers kimono and a kimono belt (obi) that my great-grandmother hand wove out of old worn kimono fabric. I think it's close to 100 years old, but it's just as sturdy as the day it was made.

    It's a nice way to pay homage to the women in my family, save money and share culture with a very multi-national guest list at the same time.
  45. Posted by Caitlin T. on May 12th, 2009 at 12:36am

    for my own wedding, i have not purchased any paper for my invitations. instead, i recycled old manila folders that were to be tossed and used them for our save the date cards. the envelopes for our wedding invitations have been sitting on a shelf for years and will be used, rather than purchasing new envelopes and the cardstock for our invitations will be upcycled library cards and pockets, which are no longer being used by local libraries.

    additionally, i'm making bunting using fabric donated by family members and friends, that has been sitting around their houses. no new fabric has been purchased.

  46. Posted by Lyndsay on May 12th, 2009 at 2:33am

    For our wedding last October, we aimed to hand-make quite a lot of our decorations/accessories/food. One thing I was proud of was our re-use of old sewing patterns and vintage women's magazines to make beautiful pom-poms and kusudama flowers - the aged look of the patterns and magazine pages complimented our colour scheme (which was hints of champagne) and all day, people were walking up to look at something and then exclaiming "wow, it's a sewing pattern!" which was very fun! I think re-using instead of purchasing something new means you get to think more creatively and perhaps come up with a look that you may not have thought of before!
  47. Posted by T on May 12th, 2009 at 5:55am

    We're going to have seed bomb favours. :)

    Since I always throw away favours, I thought why not go with that idea? Make some seed bombs, mark them clearly with instructions and have everyone throw away their favours on the way home. Voila - the venue becomes the center for lots of wildflowers growing in the verges. A nice way to remember your day when you pass by some wildflowers as well.
  48. Posted by Suzanne on May 12th, 2009 at 10:20am

    I'm thinking about having some custom glass water bottles made for wedding favors over at I have one of their 1 L. bottles and LOVE it (pun intended). I love glass, and it's the healthiest & most green thing to drink out of, and let's face it, everyone needs a reusable water bottle!
  49. Posted by Cheyenne on May 12th, 2009 at 12:05pm

    I like the idea of using small potted plants as placeholders and larger potted flowers as centerpieces. Guests can take them home and those that are left can be planted in my garden!
  50. Posted by Karen B. on May 12th, 2009 at 2:56pm

    Using family heirlooms is a wonderful way to be sustainable and have a personal touch to your event at the same time.
  51. Posted by Pebble on May 12th, 2009 at 3:57pm

    I love the idea of embedded seeds and plantable favours. As well, I'll be purchasing used dresses and having as many recyclable and reused items in my wedding as possible.
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