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Page 16 Monroe County APPEAL, l~ris, 1t4o. Thursday, July 2a. a)lO I iiiiii Sure, green weddings are all the rage, but you'll need to go the ex- tra mile to make yours stand apart from the rest. Green Weddings - Things to Consider: Simplify The overarching theme here should be simplification. There are eco-friendly versions of most wedding products, but the best op- tion is usually to forego the items altogether. Reuse wherever possi- ble - and save not only resources, but cash too. Weigh the expenses That said, some items you just can't live without, and usually the green version is more expensive than the original. You'll need to factor this into your wedding budget. To keep your budget in check, determine which areas you're willing to spend more on for a good cause (i.e. organic cuisine), and where you can save to make up for that added expense (i.e. forego the wedding dress or favors). This wedding budget guide offers even more budgeting advice Patronize Many new companies have en- tered the growing green weddings market. Before booking your vendors, check out businesses that claim to provide green services and confirm that they really do. Inform One green turn deserves another. Let your guests know the steps you've taken to plan your green wedding, and show them that an elegant event doesn't have to be harmful to the environment. Who knows, many of your guests may be inspired to do the same. .411 in the Details - Green Ideas Invitations & Stationery 1. Recycle - use recycled paper or paper made from alternative fiber- such as hemp or bam- boo. Check out these resources for an array of custom, recycled papers: Custompapcr.com or JamPaper.com 2. Splurge on calligraphy - cal- ligra.phy may cost more, but it saves inks, toners, solvents and chemicals involved in printing. 3. Condense - save trees by minimizing inserts and other paper products. Always print on front and back, and try to fit it all on one sheet. 4. Go completely green - send all correspondence via email. The etiquette gods may swoon - but if you're dead set on being green, electronic mailings are the most earth friendly way to go. Location 1. Rent for a cause - find a venue that will benefit from your site rental fee - such as a museum, gallery or other cultural organiza- tion. Confirm how that venue will use your fee. 2. Go outside - a beach, the woods, gardens - they all make an ideal setting for a green wed- ding (just be sure to leave it as you found it). 3. Find a green venue - some venues are demonstrating a com- mitment to saving water and en- ergy, reducing waste, or serving locally grown/organic menus. Drcor Elements 1. Use candlelight - not only are candles energy efficient, they also create a soft romantic glow for an elegant reception. Better yet, look for soy candles - they're cleaner and longer burning since they're made from a renewable resource. 2. Use bamboo - one of the most sustainable materials on earth, bamboo is an eco-friendly decor option with an organic, modern feel. Use bamboo stalks for cen- terpieces or other decor elements. Flowers 1. Think double duty - invite your ceremony arrangements to your wedding album by arlson After months of planning the fin- er details of your special day - the dress, the location, the guest list and more - your head will likely be spinning. But with so much to think about, it is important not to overlook your only opportunity to permanently capture your special day - your wedding photography. According to the Bridal Associa- tion of America, each year couples spend nearly $5.2 billion on wed- cling photography, but your invest- meat could fall short if you don't plan ahead. Without realizing, there are 10 easy ways that you can take your photography from perfect to forgettable. the receptioni You can use them to decorate your cake or gift table - you'll waste less and save money doing it. 2. Buy organic, locally grown blooms - organic flowers are grown in an environmentally friendly way, without pesticides. Getting locally grown ones will save the fuel burned from trans- porting the flowers. If you can't find a local florist who can pro- vide organic blooms, order yours from OrganicBouquet.com 3. Conserve cut flowers - using c.ut flowers just once is a waste. See'ii~ you can share yours with another wedding taking place on the same day. 4. Skip cut flowers altogether - top your tables with potted ar- rangements for guests to take and plant in their yards after the wed- ding. Menu 1. Think organic - ensure that you, your guests and the staff won't be exposed to pesticides. Many caterers specialize in organ- ic foods, and almost any caterer can provide an organic menu if you ask them. 2. Think local - if you're con- cemed about the cost involved in a completely organic menu, go local instead. Serving locally grown food eliminates fuel reli- ance and supports local farm- ers. Check out Localharvest.org or Localfoodworks.org to find farmers markets, farms and other sources of local food. 3. Reuse utensils - find a caterer who recycles materials and/or uses linen and china instead of disposables. 4. Donate the leftovers - work with your caterer to send leftovers ;5 Top 10 Mishaps of Wedding Photography: 1. Not carefully choosing your photographer Before choosing your photog- rapher, take time to review their portfolio. If you don't have some- one with experience and skill, your photos will pay the price. Studios should provide album examples to review before you make your choice. If the studio does not allow you to choose your photographer, quickly move on! 2. Not chatting with your photog- rapher a week in advance It is important to discuss every- thing in detail with your photog- to a food shelter or other organiza- tion. Cake 1. Sub ingredients - have your baker use organic and/or local sugar, flour, butter and eggs. Some bakers even specialize in organic cakes. Attire 1. Go secondhand - a used gown reduces fuels used in creating a new one. 2. Get green fibers natural fi- bers like silk and organic cotton are better for the environment than synthetic ones. 3. Go couture - if your wallet can afford it, couture gowns are usually made from natural fab- rics. 4. Donate - provide a green gown decision for another bride when you give or sell yours after the wedding. Favors Avoid wasteful trinkets - donate to a charity in the name of your Transportation,. , . 1. Limit long distance travel - have the wedding in a location where few guests will have to fly to get there. 2.Walk - host your room block, ceremony and reception at the same site - or within walking distance 3. Carpool - organize car pools for your guests in hybrid vehicles 4. Getaway in low emission style - get creative and use a non- motorized vehicle for your final sendoff- bikes, horseback, sleds, skates, wagons, or any old school conveyance will do. Other Green Ideas The truth is - no matter how great your green intentions are, most weddings have a huge environ- mental impact from the fuel used transporting your guests - via car or plane - to your wedding. Since this is extremely difficult to avoid, the "greenest" brides are purchas- ing carbon offsets to reduce their wedding's footprint. How it works: calculate the mile- age guests will travel, and offset their carbon dioxide emissions by donating to programs that plant trees or preserve rain forests. rapher prior tothe wedding day - don't be afraid to be up-front about your expectations. Do your check in one week prior to the wedding so all instructions are fresh in the photographer's memory. If you have specific requests, ideas to ex- plore, or important don'ts to cover, express them, This is especially important because churches, syna- gogues, mosques and chapels may have specific areas that cannot be photographed. You don't want any unwelcome surprises! 3. Not creating a photo "wish list" Have you always dreamed of a ro- mantic photo on top of a hill, in the middle of a field, or on a median along a busy street? Show pictures in magazines, old family photos, or any other visual to convey this to your photographer. From there, your wedding photographer should make your "wish list" happen. 4. Taking only stiff, posed pie- tures Every album must have formal photos of the wedding party, but don't let it stop there. It is impor- tant to have shots in a more relaxed setting - whether on the dance floor doing the electric slide or strolling around the reception. 5. Shooting at high noon The sun is shining, the sky is bright, but what you may think is a perfect time to shoot is far from it. High noon sunlight creates harsh shadows on the face and doesn't cast you in the best light- wait until the afternoon. 6. Sweaty, shiny photos Of course it will happen - stand- ing close together in full formal gear can turn up the body tempera- ture. But don't let shiny faces and (eek!) sweaty armpits take away from the special occasion. Be pre- v.par pov or t l perspirant :deodorant anff paper towelsl ~, ~, 7. Not scheduling ehough"time for the photo sessions and driving time It takes time to shoot pictures of the entire family, arrive at several different shoot locations and get all of those perfect shots with you and your hubby. Make your life easier - allot extra time for photography! As a plan of attack, get the large group shots finished first, starting with children and the elderly. Next, take pictures with the families and bridal party. Lastly, spend some alone time with your man and the camera, while the impatient herd heads towards the cocktail hour. After all, it is your day! 8. Badly positioned hands and feet After several shots, you and your wedding party may become antsy - tapping fingers, leaning on one foot and fidgeting. It is important that your photographer works with you to keep everyone photogenic, focused and above everything else - comfortable. 9: Missing the small moments There are signature special mo- ments in a wedding - the bride and groom's first kiss, the first dance between a father and new bride, the garter ceremony and cutting of the cake. But small moments - such as the flower girl smiling from the pew, a proud moment between the mother and father, grandma on the dance floor - cannot bemissed! 10. Stopping photographs before the reception is over Many couples want to turn the cameras off at 9 p.m., but some of the most memorable and interest- ing photos happen when the party really gets going. Keep shooting! CONTRACTOR AND HOMFOWNER RENTAL Corner of Hwy 22 & Howard Burton Dr. Centralia, MO