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Okay, so as the bride you have a little less say in this ((they’re supposed to be somewhat of a surprise!)), but you can put out an SOS to your squad that you’d like a rather charitable celebration. Maybe have your guests bring gifts for a well-intentioned wishing well, or have a group activity to create gift baskets or flower arrangements for those in need. And while it probably isn’t on their radar, see if you can rope them in for a goodwill vacay. Cities like New Orleans have huge volunteer programs that are perfect for big posses. And no one needs to completely give up their beads and Hurricanes.
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We’re OBSESSED with plantable paper, and going this route is sweet, but subtle way to give back. Your guests can plant their beautifully-textured and completely biodegradable invites (to your engagement party, bridal shower, wedding) and watch them grow into new life.
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“To truly reduce a wedding’s environmental impact, there’s always the option to purchase credits toward offsetting their carbon footprint,” says Megan Velez of Destination Weddings Travel Group. “These contributions will go directly to organizations that fund emission-reducing projects, which can help make up for any unavoidable traces left by the wedding. A bonus of offset credits is that they can double as favors for guests who traveled to attend - no need to make extra room in their suitcases!”
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Even if you yourself don’t have a conflict-free diamond wrapped around that ring finger, you can frost yourself for your big day, gift your girls or swap vows with with lab-grown diamond bands that are conflict-free, sustainable for the earth, and cruelty-free. Ada Diamonds helps give back by donating 1% of profits, pledging 1% of equity to non-profits and making a commitment to philanthropy. The stuff is SO cute, too!!
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