Love the Earth? Then Why Don't You Marry It?

Love the Earth? Then Why Don't You Marry It?

Amber Byfield
Nov 3, 2008

11_3_08_farmwedding.jpgWe happened upon an article in the NYT this weekend and got to thinking... What better for the earth-loving couples ready to say "I do" than to work a green theme into their wedding ceremony--beyond just organic food at the reception and soy ink on the post-consumer recycled paper invites?

How about getting hitched on a farm?

Alright, all you earth lovers, stop swooning. Those of you already married, stop kicking yourself and saying, "Why didn't I think of that!?"

Because thanks to the spike in all things local and green, and a rise in agritourism, this NYT article points out that more and more couples are tying the knot on acreage out in the country.

We find it pretty charming, especially having grown up on a farm. The barn, the tank, the knotty oak tree, and the hay trailer that I played on as a kid would actually be a perfect backdrop to kick off a marriage.

One of the farm owners interviewed for the article, Don Kruger, said his farm in Portland has about 150 requests for weddings each year, and said, "It's kind of an earthy crowd, in their 20s and 30s, educated, who have very strong leanings toward the environment."

Yep, that about nails it. Plus, what a great chance to have all the food and flowers for the wedding come from one small, locally-owned farm?

At a time when weddings seem to be getting more and more extravagant and expensive, the thought of a simple farm wedding is truly a breath of fresh air. The article points out that these weddings often cost fractions of the norm as of late. So, tell us: Would you opt for natural nuptials?

Photo by Donald Tetto for the New York Times

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