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  • Eco-Chic Weddings

    Here's a new take on an old favorite: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something green. A green wedding is a great way to share your own feelings about protecting the planet. Virginia Beach is committed to eco-friendly practices, and offers a wide range of alternatives to lessen the impact of your wedding on the environment.

    Virginia Beach is the first Virginia Green Destination with businesses that voluntarily comply with the Commonwealth's Virginia Green program. Hotels, restaurants, facilities and attractions can help you plan a beautiful green wedding.

     

    Here are ways to make your special day a green one.

    • Use soy ink on your invitations, and choose recycled paper.
    • Save paper by skipping multiple envelopes.
    • Create a wedding website and use online invitations for parties and showers.
    • Have your wedding outside in Virginia Beach, and use its natural beauty instead of purchasing decorations.
    • Host your reception at a Virginia Green certified venue, like the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center or the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
    • Decorate with potted plants as well as cut flowers.
    • Ask for organically grown and pesticide-free flowers.
    • Use local Virginia Beach resources to reduce consumption of natural resources during shipping.
    • Choose a menu with locally grown products.
    • Select Virginia Wines to reduce consumption of natural resources during shipping.
    • Use recycled napkins and table linens.
    • Use natural products as place cards and decorations.
    • Choose beeswax or soy candles.
    • Request biodegradable utensils and plates, like those used by our Virginia Green certified restaurants.
    • Honeymoon close by at one of our Virginia Green certified hotels, and spend some time together kayaking our waterways.

     

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