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Weddings in the 21st century are smart, sassy, passionate celebrations of love and often colorful combinations of different cultures and philosophies. To extend their appreciation of each other to the planet has become an important component for many couples. Senseless pomp parties, which have been done a million times before, create tons of waste and are, as so perfectly demonstrated by Hurley/Nayar in 2007, only embarrassing. The new paradigm is "mindful indulgence". If we want to be the "wow" of the town that's the way to go.
Every wedding planner asks you "to express your uniqueness". As an environmentally conscious couple a new array of innovative ideas is at your fingertips; it's shades of green reach from bold and revolutionary to sensible and careful. Wherever you are on the eco spectrum, when your wallet goes where your heart is you are not just exchanging one fad with another but you change the world with your shopping power.
Green Weddings are
gorgeous and often more creative than white weddings. Best proof are the amazing couples we were so fortunate to assist since we opened our event planning business in Los Angeles in 2005. You can meet many of them in Angelica Weihs new book, Green Weddings, which will be available in November 2008. Shannon and Jesse celebrated their love at the Adamson House in Malibu. Guest were shuttled by Eco Limo, all linens were handmade to be used forever, the kosher food was local and partially organic and the couple gave up on favors. Shannon had two dresses, one very traditional and inherited from her father's side and the other, super sexy designer dress came from a consignment store.
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