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Plan Your Green Wedding: Ideas For An Eco-Friendly Wedding In Albany NY!

Looking for 'green' wedding ideas so you can go eco-friendly on your big day? Check out these creative options for planning a truly 'green' wedding in Albany!

Wedding Invitations & Stationery

  • Opt for recycled paper or paper alternatives (bamboo, hemp, banana stalks, cotton)
  • Skip the double envelope tradition and use a postcard for your save-the-date
  • Use virtual invitations or create a wedding website for guests to reference

Bridal Attire

  • Wear a secondhand gown (altered to fit your style and figure)
  • Donate your gown after the wedding
  • Choose a gown you could rewear or alter


  • Buy a conflict free diamond wedding band (ask for it at the jeweler!)
  • Choose vintage wedding bands
  • Melt down an old piece of jewelry to create a new ring
  • Borrow headpieces, necklaces and other jewelry from Mom, sisters, and friends

Bride and Groom

Ceremony & Reception

  • Hold your ceremony and reception at the same location to avoid wasteful travel and decorating
  • Choose a LEED-certified space, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (tip: search for businesses at
  • Buy potted flowers from a local nursery to double as decorations and wedding favors
  • Opt for organic wine and beer selections
  • Use beeswax candles or soy-based candles in place of those made with petroleum
  • Donate any extra food to a homeless shelter


  • Create a registry where your guests can donate to a charity rather than buying gifts
  • Request that related guests give combined cards rather than several individual ones


  • Don't travel too far
  • Take a train
  • Opt for a green resort
  • Go camping

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