Royal Wedding Sets the Stage for Explosive Growth in Green Weddings in 2011 and 2012

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The eco-friendly choices made my Prince William and Kate Middleton for the royal wedding proved that you never have to sacrifice style to "go green." Kate L. Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide and founder of http://www.greenbrideguide.com reviews some of the eco-elements that will inspire brides-to-be in the 2011-2012 wedding season.

The royal wedding, viewed by millions worldwide on Friday, April 29th, 2011, showcased modern eco-friendly style while honoring timeless traditions. The details of the event proved to a rapt audience that the green wedding trend has achieved royal status.

Kate L. Harrison, green wedding expert and founder and CEO of the Green Bride Guide, has commended the couple for their efforts to minimize the impact of their wedding. "The royal wedding is a defining celebration, one that will be emulated by millions of brides looking for true princess style," says Harrison. "It's thrilling to see an influential couple so elegantly demonstrate that green values and an opulent event steeped in tradition are not mutually exclusive."

According to Harrison, green weddings are currently a top five wedding trend, but she expects the popularity of eco-friendly choices to soar even higher as engaged couples all over the world follow William and Kate's example.

The royal engagement set the tone for eco-chic choices when William presented Kate with his mother's diamond and sapphire ring. Incorporating family heirlooms adds a personalized meaning to a wedding while conserving resources. On her wedding day, Kate wore a diamond Cartier tiara belonging to the Queen. Both of these pieces added elegance and a special connection to the women in Will's family, without adding to the environmental impact.

The flowers and decor in Westminster Abbey showcased the bride's style and her eco-friendly values. Six English maple trees and two hornbeams flanked the aisle and, at Kate's insistence, will be replanted afterward. She worked with floral designer Shane Connolly to select local, seasonal flowers to create an English garden feel at the ceremony. Her understated and elegant bouquet was no different: it contained local English blossoms in season.

As for the food, Prince Charles is known for his commitment to green values, so the reception dinner featured locally and sustainably sourced foods. The showstopping wedding cake, a multi-tiered fruitcake, was created from organic and fair trade ingredients.

And what to get for the couple who has everything? Will and Kate set a socially and environmentally responsible example by creating a charity registry through which gift givers could donate to their favorite charities instead of buying gifts. They have included environmental causes among the choices for charitable donations.

Even at a sumptuous royal celebration, these small eco-friendly choices can add up. With the world watching, Kate and William have modeled green values and royal style, and American brides are sure to follow suit. Kate Harrison predicts that 2011-2012 wedding season will be the hottest year for green weddings yet.

To learn more about how American brides can have a royal green wedding, or to set up an interview with green wedding expert Kate L. Harrison, contact:
Stephanie Nash
Communications Director, Green Bride Guide
(203) 691-88643
stephanie(at)greenbrideguide(dot)com

For urgent inquiries call (203) 687-9260

The Green Bride Guide is the #1 green wedding website, and a comprehensive and credible resource for green wedding ideas, products and services. Kate L. Harrison wrote the best-selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget (Sourcebooks, 2008).

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