Looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint while still enjoying the wedding of your dreams? Follow these eco-friendly wedding travel tips!

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1. Have a Destination Wedding

Having a destination wedding where your wedding party and a few guests can travel together is good way to reduce your carbon footprint. A destination wedding will not only cut down on travel emissions, but it’s also a great excuse to soak up the sun and take in the scenery wherever you decide to enjoy your special day!

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2. Carbon Offset Your Flight

Websites like Terrapass.com allow couples to calculate the estimated carbon footprint of their travel plans. Figuring out things like how long your honeymoon or destination wedding flight will be or how many guests are flying in or driving to the ceremony will help reduce your overall carbon footprint. Learn more about carbon offsets and why they matter.

3. Use A Wedding Gown Travel Box

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Need to travel with your dress? The GreenBrideGuide provides a wedding gown travel box that includes an acid-free container for your dress, acid-free paper for packing and even a complimentary clay stain stick for any wedding day emergencies. The box is designed to fit into the overhead space above your seat, so you won’t have to worry about it getting lost. Plus, your purchase includes carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org that you can use to balance the potential impact of your travel!

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4. Rent A Green Car For Travel

So you’ve carbon offset your flight, traveled safely with your gown and made it to your destination wedding or honeymoon. Now how do you get around? Renting an electric, hybrid or green car for travel is a great option for couples that want to enjoy the sights while on their honeymoon or need a greener way to get around on the big day. Another way to cut down on car emissions is to have guests carpool to the wedding.

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5. Choose An Eco-Friendly Hotel

Whether you choose to have a lavish destination wedding or instead a fabulous honeymoon, choosing an eco-friendly hotel is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while enjoying luxurious suites and spectacular views. More and more hotels are converting to solar-powered electricity, using energy-efficient appliances and also recycling, so choosing the one that’s right for you will be a breeze. Sandals and Beaches are now Green Globe Certified if you want a resort experience.

The last thing you want to feel while planning your wedding or your honeymoon is guilty. By following these eco-friendly travel tips, you’ll be enjoying the wedding or honeymoon of your dreams while doing your part to save the planet (a win-win)!

Want more travel insights? You're in luck! June is Bon Voyage Month, brought to you in partnership with Paul Gauguin Cruises.  We're focusing on all things travel to help make your destination wedding and honeymoon the best it can be!

Thank you to Taja Herring for her contributions to this piece!