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The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget

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A beautiful and sustainable wedding for the environmentally conscious couple!

For an original and actionable guide to creating your dream green wedding, The Green Bride Guide has everything eco-conscious couples need to make their big day a wonderful, and eco-friendly, celebration. Emphasizing elegance and individual taste on every budget, this has the essential environmental tips that cover all aspects of the big day and beyond because...

every choice, at every stage of wedding planning, can make a difference.

Covering topics like:

Engagement Location Invitations Bridal party attire Flowers The ceremony The reception Gifts The honeymoon
You can include just a few green elements in your decor or have a carbon-neutral wedding with local organic food and a peace silk dress, the choice is yours and you'll find the resources you need to pull it off with panache. The Green Bride Guide is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in planning an alegant, exciting, eco-friendly wedding.

304 pages, Paperback

First published December 1, 2008

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1 review
January 7, 2021
Some good ideas and references, but a lot of it was just information on why many aspects of the wedding industry are not eco-friendly (which I already knew and is why I borrowed the book). Also the website, which is frequently referenced for further reading, doesn’t seem to exist any more.
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8 reviews
April 25, 2019
Really useful inspiring guide to wedding planning. Excellent ideas and well set out, very eye-opening and educational about various industries and the impact they have on our planet, with eco friendly options for every budget.
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110 reviews
March 4, 2022
There were lots of great tips and MANY resources in this book!
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185 reviews1 follower
May 21, 2022
Some good ideas and you can easily find the topic you are interested in thanks to how it is structured. It was written in the mid '00s, so it's a bit dated.
Profile Image for Victoria Klein.
Author 6 books14 followers
August 1, 2010
When I was young, I dreamed about having one of those big, fancy weddings that you see in celebrity magazines … until my parents got divorced when I was 9. After that, the idea of marriage was deeply tainted for me. Even after meeting my current beau of 4 years, I wasn’t sure if marriage was ever going to be the right thing for me.

Thankfully, I’ve found a love that makes me feel safe and inspired – truly marriage material. He hasn’t proposed yet, but we have talked a lot about it and we both know it is on the horizon. Being the immense eco-geek that I am, imaging me glee when I heard that The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget was just about to hit bookshelves!

If you are looking for an image-heavy, visually-focused book, then The Green Bride Guide isn’t for you. However, if you want loads of helpful information, creative suggestions, and sustainable options for every budget, then this is your eco-wedding bible! I can only imagine how long it took author Kate L. Harrison to gather all of the info for this book, but we are all deeply indebted to her.

Being on the cusp of preparing for my own earth-friendly wedding (within the next 5 years), this book will have a special place in my library. Though every ounce of info is priceless, my favorite chapters include: Rules of Engagement (which will be vital hear soon, I bet), Here Comes the Eco-Chic Bride (I am a fashion-geek as well), Going Green – Transportation and Guest Comfort, Gastronomically Green – Food and Drink, and Giving and Receiving Green.

Another immensely helpful aspect of the book are the detailed questionnaire worksheets in the Appendix, used to quiz everyone from the florist to the jeweler about their sustainable practices and supplies. Speaking of useful resources, there are a number of references to the book’s companion website, TheGreenBrideGuide.com, as well. You’ll find a constantly updated list of links to company websites, other useful books, and – most importantly – photos and commentary from couples who threw their own eco-friendly weddings.

The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget is nothing short of a goldmine of information for any couple. Needless to say, you can expect more wedding-related posts here on Victoria-E.com in the next year as I paw through the countless brands and ideas available in this book (and trapped in my creative mind). Until then, make sure to get your hands on a copy of The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget; Kate did a fantastic job writing it and deserves mammoth amounts of attention and thanks.
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106 reviews11 followers
January 20, 2011
This book is an excellent resource for planning any kind of event--wedding, anniversary, bris, whatever. And, it is also a pretty good guide for being more environmentally conscious in day-to-day life. For example, the book provides a comprehensive list of eco-friendly clothing fabric, "green" beverages and foods, and so on. The author also does a good job of explaining *why* a source is good or bad for the environment.

This book is very comprehensive, informative, and user-friendly. However, it does focus on consumption, rather than conservation. There is one paragraph about only registering for what you need, but that is a drop in the wedding cartel's bucket. The whole book is about how to spend money on eco-friendly stuff. It is a guide for weddings, so there is really no way to avoid consumerism completely; however, I think this book was in part written as a rationalization for this well-to-do-author and her well-to-do husband to spend an inordinate amount of money and ask their guests to do the same. (She had a 2-page bio; self-absorbed much?) So, it got 3 stars from me instead of 4.
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14 reviews1 follower
July 31, 2009
This is definitely a handy reference, however I found many of the sites and places listed could be found with a little bit of effort using my favorite online search tool, Google. Although the information was slightly dated, it probably has more to do with when it was written, not the credibility of the author.

In general, I do like this book because it condenses information together in a small neat, easy to carry around package. It is also written in a straightforward, simple manner and broken down into very logical components. There is also a price "guide" at the start of each section to illustration that going green doesn't necessarily mean spending a lot of money. One $ means the least expensive option while $$$ indicates the most expensive.
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681 reviews15 followers
July 5, 2011
Yeah, this one didn't really do it for me. I didn't even finish skimming. The biggest turn-off was that I felt it was very, very preachy. I mean, if I picked up a book with this title, chances are I'm already in the choir, you don't need to keep convincing me. And I shouldn't have to feel guilty if, say, renting a bus for all my guests to get to the wedding site is out of my budget. The title says any budget, but I'm not sure I agree. Overall, I just wasn't pleased or inspired.
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2,407 reviews
April 2, 2010
There were a few interesting observations, but overall, I didn't think this was very practical. It says for any budget, but... not really. And the examples that she drops from her own wedding make it clear that she had a fancy schmancy wedding, which due to my own prejudices immediately turns me off. I hoped it would be more diy, I guess.
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1,713 reviews102 followers
July 28, 2011
Fantastic! I can't recomend this book highly enough to anyone trying to plan a green wedding. It is so smart and comprehensive, full of useful ideas and really centered in being eco-friendly but the author isn't looking to pick at you or judge you for not being eco-perfect. A great resource for all indie brides.
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228 reviews8 followers
July 31, 2012
Good links to websites to check out for materials and whatnots. Also includes real info about what types of foods are happier than others, info about jewelry sourcing, etc. More comprehensive than the "everything" guide.
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1,152 reviews
July 7, 2010
No, I am not dressing Chris in a hemp suit.
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1 review
January 3, 2015
Amazing! I really enjoyed learning how to create an Eco friendly wedding and I can't wait to implement some of these ideas into my own wedding!
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58 reviews
July 19, 2016
Don't get me wrong I liked the book and the tips. But I'm an environmentally conscious person to begin with and pretty much all of her tips were things I had already considered.
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