You see, we met when we were 13, went to high school together, broke up and got back together too many times to count, went to separate colleges but never fell out of touch, and, eventually, ended up in the same place (Brooklyn) at the same time (circa 2007).
So when my beloved finally proposed a few months ago on Christmas Eve, it would have been easy for us to just run to City Hall and “make it legal” without a big fanfare. After all, we’ve been practically married (or at least living in sin, as my grandparents see it) for years.
Then again, we’ve been waiting for our wedding — talking, planning, joking about it with friends and family — since we were high-school sweethearts. We agreed that when we finally get hitched, it should be a big deal.
Hopefully, though, “big” doesn’t have to mean extravagant, expensive, and eco-irresponsible. As a health and environmental journalist (I’m currently web editor for Whole Living magazine), I strive to make earth-friendly choices every day, and I want my wedding day to be no exception.
Living in New York, a lot of this is easy. I take the subway or ride my bike to work. I shop at the green market every Saturday. And I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by locavore chefs, green businesses, and second-hand shops on every corner.
But a wedding is a big production — one that uses staggering amounts of paper, food, dresses, flowers, decorations, and hours of electricity. And our guest list is already at 100 and still growing.
So far, we’re off to a good start: We’ve booked a venue less than a mile from our apartment (and even closer to the nearest subway). But what else can we do to lessen the environmental impact — without lessening the “wow, this is an awesome wedding” impact?
And oh, did I mention we’re on a budget? And a nearly impossible budget for a New York City wedding, we’re quickly realizing.
Stay tuned over the next 12 months as I plan out and report on what will hopefully be an eco-friendly and wallet-friendly Big Day. Your support — and your suggestions — are always appreciated!