More brides and grooms opting to exchange earth-friendly vows

Published: Aug. 27, 2009 at 9:42 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 28, 2009 at 2:30 PM HST
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Aubrey Akana
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Tanna Dang
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By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

ALA MOANA (KHNL) - More brides and grooms-to-be are making Mother Nature a part of their wedding plans, with couples going green as they walk down the aisle.

That perfect Cinderella wedding every girl dreams about now includes more earth-friendly "I Do's".

Among the green wedding ideas vendors with The Wedding Cafe in Ala Moana offer - recycled invitations, wedding décor using flowers made out of plastic bags, and centerpieces made out of dryer sheets.

"And we tried to do that french applique look on this recycled vase," said Joyceline Kim, a floral designer with Passion Roots.

Other products include backdrops using recycled paper, and petals cut out from a magazine.

"This is Cosmo, Cosmo magazine. I took the colors I really wanted, the black and whites, and I incorporated them into the tissue paper flower," said Aubrey Akana, Wedding Coordinator for Savoir Faire.

These creations are just a snapshot of the kind of out-of-the-box thinking at The Wedding Cafe. 70% of the cafe's vendors offer earth-conscious ways to tie the knot.

"I have children and because of the longevity of it over generations, we need to make sure that we set our footprint now, make that change now," said Akana.

Going green doesn't end when once the wedding is over. For example, the calamansi from one centerpiece will be re-used and to make homemade honey party favors.

The concept itself isn't new. But The Wedding Cafe says it's only within the last year and a half green weddings have blossomed.

"There wasn't as many resources out there to go green when we were getting married but definitely now if we were to get, you know, have a 5 year anniversary party, hint hint to Bryson, then we would definitely go green. I think all these ideas are just so interesting and so fascinating and fun," said Tanna Dang, owner of The Wedding Cafe.

Vendors say going green is also a way of keeping more green in couple's wedding wallets, although Dang says it's not always cheaper, but with a little creativity, it can be.