It’s not exactly news — Umbra made the point in her column on green weddings a couple of months ago, and others have no doubt said it — but a piece in Salon today on the wedding industry points out that green weddings are not so magical as they seem:

Then, there’s the recent development of green weddings and carbon-neutral weddings. It’s very small, but you’ll get people talking about how they want to have a carbon-neutral wedding, so they’ll be making donations to this or that company that will offset their emissions … You know, you could just not have a wedding! That would be the most environmentally conscious thing of all. But the new “green wedding” industry is not going to suggest you do that.

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