Your "Green" Wedding

Green - Ecologically Savvy - Weddings

It's washing over the American consciousness like the light of a rosy-fingered dawn - only by treating Mother Nature kindly will we see many more tomorrows! Being true to your political and spiritual allegiance should not be neglected when designing your own wedding. In fact, it's the perfect place to make your statement. Here at the start of your new life together you can lay the foundations for making "green" the keynote of your new lifestyle.

There are many books and articles around that speak about ways to keep your wedding green so I would just like to highlight half a dozen important aspects of your overall wedding design and how you can bring an ecological sensitivity to your choice.

Each week I'll share another idea and links to make it easy to follow through on your good intentions to "go green" for a happier, healthier wedding!

~ Rev. Rebecca


#WEEK 1 Readings for a Green Wedding

To Serve the World with You by my Side

Making your eco-sensibility a centerpiece of your wedding ceremony is not hard and makes a powerful statement. It can even be included in your vows or It shows that you recognize that human love exists within the context of a sustainable world around us and that our respect for another person calls us to expand our vision beyond self-interest and towards a better planet for everyone. Here are a few ideas for adding "green" words to your ceremony.

Wedding Blessing

We honor mother earth -
And ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons.
We honor fire -
And ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts
We honor wind -
And ask that we sail through life safe and calm in our father's arms
We honor water -
To clean and soothe our relationship that it may never thirst for love.

- Cherokee Prayer

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.

 - Wedding Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson

When two individuals meet, so do two private worlds. None of our private worlds is big enough for us to live a wholesome life in. We need the wider world of joy and wonder, of purpose and venture, of toil and tears. What are we, any of us, but strangers and sojourners, wandering through the nighttime until we draw together and find the meaning of our lives in one another, dissolving our fears in each other's courage, making music together and lighting torches to guide us through the dark.

- by Anthony Powell Davies

And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of allhumans;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things. Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear,--both what they half create,
And what perceive; well pleased to recognize in nature and the language of the sense,
The anchor of my purest thoughts,
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul of all my moral being.

from Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth


Green Vows

I, ______, take you, ______,
to be my wedded husband/wife;
to laugh with you in joy,
to grieve with you in sorrow;
to grow with you in love;
serving one another and our world in hope and in strength,
so long as we both shall live.

A Green Benediction

May the meaning of these moments be fulfilled in the years to come
in the lives of ___ and ____
May their unity of spirit grow deeper and stronger
in the chances and changes of the life they will share.
May they be strength to each other and comfort and the cause of great happiness.
Loving each other, may they reach out to love others in their circle
and to serve humankind, and the earth upon which we dwell.

A Libation to the Earth

As a part of the opening of closing of the ceremony, you may wish to include the ancient Greek tradition of offering a LIBATION to the earth in the form of a pitcher of water poured on to the ground, or a beaker of wine poured into the sand or waves. A flower from the bride's bouquet could be tossed into a fountain or the ocean with a thank you to the earth.

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