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My Big Fat Green Wedding

My Big Fat Green Wedding

Pick and mix from the following expert tips and tricks to reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint, without scrimping on quality and style.

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Green Wedding Rings

“Call your mum and grandmother, and – if you can – your soon-to-be-mother in-law, to dig out all of the gold they don’t use anymore, melt it down and make new rings ... they would all love to be a part of something so special, and it’s good for the purse too.”

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Green Wedding Transport

A horse and cart is a very romantic and low impact option – just be sure that it hasn’t travelled far to get to you.

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Queen B Candles Are Stylishing Sustainable

Queen B makes gorgeous patterned and plain 100 per cent Australian beeswax candles with cotton wicks that burn 10 times longer than regular candles, or try Bees Wax Creations for plainer options.

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The rings

Just consider how much gold there is gathering dust in various drawers and cupboards as old, unused jewellery.
“Call your mum and grandmother, and – if you can – your soon-to-be-mother in-law, to dig out all of the gold they don’t use anymore, melt it down and make new rings,” says Page. “I’m sure they would all love to be a part of something so special, and it’s good for the purse too.”

If gold’s not your thing, look into companies like Utopian Creations that are able to create custom rings from recycled and sustainable materials.

Pre-Loved and Eco-Jewellery

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The hair and make-up

One hundred per cent natural or organic products with recycled and recyclable packaging are best for the environment.

Eco-friendly make-up is free of toxic, petroleum-derived or synthetic chemicals such as talc, mineral oil, parabens and bismuth oxychloride and is based instead on natural ingredients such as beeswax, plant oils and waxes, flower essences, pure essential oils, natural butters (like shea and cocoa), natural preservatives (like tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract), rice powder, natural colours and aloe vera. Mineral cosmetics are another green option.

When it comes to hair products, look for those without sulphates, ‘PEG’ compounds, propylene glycol, DEA diethanolamine and other synthetic ingredients. Instead choose natural haircare brands that use nourishing ingredients, such as those listed above.

The photographs

“Think of all the waste created when photographers put together wedding ‘proof books’, which end up going to the landfill,” says Lee Holmes of Sebastian T Photography “Don’t let this happen with your wedding photos – go digital instead. Digital photography makes your wedding more eco-friendly and saves you money too.”

The arrival

“A horse and cart is a very romantic and low impact option – just be sure that it hasn’t travelled far to get to you,” says Page. “For your guests, hire a bus – even request a gold coin donation to help with costs. It’s a lot cheaper than a taxi, and will cut back on emissions.” You might like to consider arriving in eco-style in one of the top-five eco-friendly cars according to the Federal Government’s Green Vehicle Guide website: the Smart for Two Cabrio (uses 4.4 litres of fuel per 100 km), Toyota Prius hybrid, Fiat 500, Fiat Punto and the Toyota Yaris. Make a statement by choosing a funky and Euro-romantic scooter ($4 to $6 of fuel will get you about 100 km), or be chauffeured by an eco-vehicle service such as Ecolimo or Green Tomato Cars.

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