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Planning a Green Wedding: The Venue

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If you read my post about our eco-friendly invitations last month, you probably noticed that we'd made this—huge—decision as well. We gave ourselves exactly three options (which I've realized is the best way to keep from getting overwhelmed), and we settled on Full Moon Resort, a 100-acre property that was once a farm, in Big Indian, New York. Here's why:

1. Location, location.
Full Moon is in the Catskill Mountain region, which has been our favorite place to escape the city madness for year. There is no cell service, no TV signal, and no stress. (Plus one of our favorite hiking trails is just 10 minutes down the road.)

2. Everything is on-site.
We're both New York transplants, so there's no avoiding the carbon emissions that will come along with our family and friends flying from all corners of the country to be with us. However, because Full Moon has a plethora of buildings (a renovated barn, reception tent, dive-y bar)—as well as catering, lodging, tables, chairs, a playground, you name it!—our guests won't have to climb back into their cars from the rehearsal dinner on Friday through the farewell brunch on Sunday.

3. About the food...
Free-range meat, vegan menu choices, organic produce, local cheeses--they have it all. And if it's not in season, it's not an option.

4. We can have the ceremony in a quiet grove next to a creek.
'Nuff said.

5. It's in the details.
During our tour, I noticed recycled toilet paper in the bathrooms, organic EO beauty products in the cabins, a local microbrew behind the bar, paintings and photographs from regional artists. All icing on the cake!

So with that decision checked off the list, it's time to tackle the rest: decorations, flowers, favors, gifts, escort cards, guest book, etc. Any other green-minded brides out there? Would love to hear your tips!

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