You can have a traditional wedding in a green way or you can be a trendsetting eco-couple and celebrate your special day in an unconventional way. Your wedding should be as unique as you are while showcasing your beliefs and values. From the smallest eco-detail to the largest wedding expense, there are no rules to how green you have to be to qualify as having a green wedding. It may depend on what you are comfortable with or what is readily available in your area. How green your wedding is can also depend on your planning timeline or your budget. Perhaps you are planning a quick wedding and don't have time to shop around, or maybe there are not enough eco-conscious vendors in your area.

Being green is not an all-or-nothing endeavor. You can do as little or as much as you are comfortable with. What matters is that you do something; every little bit counts. Now that the wedding industry has embraced the concept of the green wedding, it is easier than ever to find green products. Every day, more products, services, and companies are showing up with eco-friendly solutions for all your planning needs.

Choosing to celebrate your big day in a green way can manifest in many ways, from hiring an organic caterer to buying a pashmina scarf to using recycled products. It is your wedding and your choice in what to use and how green to go.

According to a Conde Nast wedding survey, there were approximately 44,230 weddings in the United States every weekend in 2006. That's 2.3 million weddings for the entire year. The average wedding had 178 guests, who collectively spent $19 billion on items from couples' gift registries.

It is easy to incorporate earth-friendly ideas into your wedding planning. Some people may say it is an inconvenience or will take too much time and effort, but that simply is not true. Consider that a traditional bride will search high and low for the perfect dress, the most fabulous shoes, or the fanciest accessories with the biggest wow factor. You'll be doing the same thing -- with one slight difference. Instead of making the choices all about you, your choices will reflect what's best for the environment.

Every aspect of your wedding can be earth friendly; the attire, decorations, food, flowers, gifts, favors, travel, and even the honeymoon can be green. Earth-friendly options are all around you, from simple and sustainable to eco-extravagant. You just have to open your eyes and look.

Don't get discouraged if you can't find what you are looking for in an earth-friendly material. It matters that you tried and every little bit counts. You can incorporate just one or two green concepts or you can go all the way and try to make sure that every possible part of your special day is done in the most eco-friendly way.

You will have many things to consider, from the availability of products and services in your area to budget and time constraints. You have a multitude of options when it comes to how green to make your wedding. Let your creativity come out; by thinking outside the box, you will have your fairytale day in a new and sparkling green way.