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Are you planning on getting married soon? Why not think of the environment and have an eco-friendly wedding?

Eco-journalist Candice Batista stopped by Your Morning, to share some easy ways you can leave a lasting impression on the earth.

Pick a venue that’s sustainable

Find venues that are Bull Frog powered and LEED certified. Pick one central location for all your guests to meet—this reduces additional travel. Arrange for a shuttle bus to reduce carbon emissions. When you find a venue, check to make sure they recycle and compost.

Use recycled paper

If you’re sending paper invitations, make sure you’re using recycled paper, FSC certified paper or treeless paper like bamboo or hemp. Think about using postcards so you don’t have to send an envelope or just send email invites or e-vites to cut down on paper all together. If you really want to think out of the box, consider sending plantable invites.

Choose eco-friendly flowers

Choose a florist that sells local, organic and seasonal flowers as flowers typically have a large eco footprint. Once you’re done with them, donate them to a local hospital.

Say “I do” with lab-created diamonds

Diamonds may be great to look at but they can have a detrimental effect on the environment and the people who work in the mines (think blood diamonds). Instead, it’s best to look for Canadian mined diamonds that are conflict free or even better, look for lab created diamonds.

Rent your dress

Look for natural materials and vintage products and rent the tuxes/suits as a way to reduce and reuse. Consider buying a pre-owned dress and donating it to charity so they can sell it to raise funds. Also, rent your wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses.