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How to Get Married in Green: Have an eco-friendly wedding without compromising on style [Paperback]

Suzan St Maur
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25 April 2008
As the whole "green" subject becomes more and more complex - combining environmental, ethical and organic issues, some of which can be conflicting - it's getting progressively harder to work out how to make your wedding eco-friendly without ending up with a glorified mudbath. Yet, quite rightly, many couples now want their weddings designed to help keep our planet, environment, agriculture and employment ethics as healthy as possible ...without compromising on style, glamour, quality and, of course, fun. A tall order? Not now, with "How to Get Married in Green." In this book, Suzan St Maur (also author of "Wedding Speeches For Women" and "The A to Z of Wedding Worries and how to put them right") neatly unravels the increasingly tangled web of green issues relating to weddings; so that you can: choose from a range of options depending on how far you want to pursue your green approach; see how these options work across all key areas of your wedding; get some clever, effective ideas on transport, decorations, clothes, catering, entertainment and more; learn how to make those ideas work for you with style and panache; understand just what an appreciable difference these measures will make to our planet and wellbeing; and, enjoy your wedding (and its planning) even more, because you know you're making a difference.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845282701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845282707
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Suzan St Maur is a prolific author and expert nonfiction writer. Check out her rapidly-growing website that helps you get better results from all types of writing:

Her background...

Canadian born Suzan St Maur (a.k.a. "Suze") was transported to the UK when a child and despite resultant cultural challenges managed to graduate from British high school, but with no talent for anything other than writing - so her career options were fairly clear cut. Afterwards she attended and graduated from the then-famous Watford Art School advertising writing course and worked in London ad agencies as a copywriter for a few years, before deciding she was far too bolshie to be an employee and so became a freelancer.

While comfortably paying her mortgage and bills, her freelance writing work took off into the areas of business theatre and corporate video, in which disciplines she became the Grandma Moses of corporate script and speechwriting for many years. Suze also developed useful skills as a conference and video producer, largely in emergencies caused by the actual practitioners' bunking off through illness, drunkenness, excessive use of recreational substances, etc. (It's amazing how fast you can learn to do a job if the person who should be doing it is in la-la-land and you have a 20-crew video shoot or 7-figure-budget convention about to begin.)

Her work today...

These days Suze still takes on commissioned text, speechwriting, scriptwriting plus author coaching and editing, in addition to running her very popular website and of course, writing books. She is even about to embark upon fiction, with two novels in negotiation with a UK publisher who finally - phew - appreciates her acerbic sense of humour. She also is one of the core team writers on, judged by Forbes as one of the top 100 websites for women in the world.

Being a "jobbing writer" has meant that Suze can research and write about pretty well anything, and this is reflected in the somewhat eclectic mix of her numerous published titles:

*The Jewellery Book (with Norbert Streep) (Magnum)
*The Home Safety Book (Jill Norman Books)
*The A to Z of Video and AV Jargon (Routledge)
*Writing Words That Sell (with John Butman) (Management Books 2000)
*Writing Your Own Scripts and Speeches (McGraw Hill)
*The Horse Lover's Joke Book (Kenilworth Press)
*Powerwriting: the hidden skills you need to transform your business writing (Prentice Hall Business)
*Canine Capers: over 350 jokes to make your tail wag (Kenilworth Press)
*The Food Lover's Joke Book (
*Get Yourself Published (LeanMarketing Press)
*The Easy Way To Be Brilliant At Business Writing (LeanMarketing Press)
*Wedding Speeches For Women (How To Books)
*The Country Lover's Joke Book (Merlin Unwin Books)
*The A to Z of Wedding Worries (How To Books)
*How To Get Married In Green (How To Books)
*Planning A Winter Wedding (How To Books)
*How To Write Winning Nonfiction (Publishing Academy, 2010)
*The A to Z of Wedding Wisdom (How To Books 2010)
*The MAMBA way to make your words sell (
*How To Write About Yourself (
*How To Write & Give Brilliant Speeches & Presentations (
*The Pony Lover's Joke Book (Kenilworth Press 2011)
*Successful Business Writing In English (, due 2011)

Personal stuff...

On a less cheerful note, Suze has had cancer twice and is undergoing regular treatment for it. Wishing to lighten the load, a few years ago she started the blog, which has become a popular stopping-off point for cancer patients, their carers, families and friends to relax and share a few laughs.

Suze lives in a village near the new city of Milton Keynes in central southern England with her student son plus numerous dogs, cats, a fox under the shed and a badger that visits whenever it manages to squeeze under the fence. When she isn't writing Suze is cooking, gardening, dog-walking, tending her orchids or planning her next trip "home" to Canada, while sipping a glass of decent Chablis.

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'A fabulous, comprehensive guide for any bride (and groom) who are interested in planning a green wedding. Suzan gives great ideas, resources and advice from every step of eco-friendly wedding planning and she delivers it with charm and wit. Great ideas and a wealth of green information in a new and upheat way.'

`This thoroughly researched book is full of suggestions presented without preaching.'
-- Wedding Cakes


'A fabulous, comprehensive guide for any bride (and groom) who are interested in planning a green wedding. Suzan gives great ideas, resources and advice from every step of eco-friendly wedding planning and she delivers it with charm and wit. Great ideas and a wealth of green information in a new and upheat way.'

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Birdseed for confetti! 25 May 2008
Friendly and down to earth, this book is refreshingly full of common sense in an industry otherwise built around hype.

It's like having a relaxed, helpful aunt looking over your shoulder when planning what is, for most women, a pretty a big project.

A lot of Suzan St Maur's green suggestions are also nicer or easier than the conventional way - a dress made mby a local dressmaker just for you is more flattering, cheaper and loads more fun than off the rack. And it's less hassle to send out one invitation with all the information your guests will need than to fuss about with 10 different bits of paper. And using birdseed for confetti is probably the best wedding ideas I've ever heard of!

From sourcing the gemstones for your engagement ring to organic wine on the tables Suzan St Maur has really gone through the whole wedding project from start to finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Until I was given a copy of Suzan St. Maur's How to Get Married in Green, I'd never really thought about the true cost of a wedding. The money, yes - but not the ecological and political implications for the planet. Everything from diamond mining for engagement rings, to bucket shop stag and hen parties, to imported cut flowers have a wider impact - and one which personally I'd rather not have on my conscience.

Suzan St. Maur tackles each and every one of these issues methodically and in a readable enjoyable way. Not only does she explain the wider implications of all the decisions you have to make when planning a wedding, she also suggests fabulous alternatives which are eco-friendly, and much more fun than the traditional methods.

Why would I ever think of jetting off for a drunken hen party, now I've realised that the alternatives could include a residential falconry course, frisbee disc golf or a murder mystery weekend? Why would I want hot-house grown or imported flowers, now that I know what fabulous bouquets and decorations can be created with locally grown seasonal blooms?

Best of all, the author is dedicated not only to making my wedding eco-friendly and brimming with style - she's also got her eye firmly on the overall budget. Fun, green, locally sourced solutions can actually be a lot cheaper than the traditional trimmings. Buying this book has already saved me hundreds of times its cover price... how's that for a recommendation?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I came across this one following a recommendation, and I'm very glad that I did! It really does cover everything that you need to take into account when you're planning a wedding.

Suze's writing style is great so she manages to impart huge amounts of detailed information in a way which is painless for the reader - the layout of the book is good too. In particular I liked the fact that Suze is obviously a normal person, rather than an extreme eco-warrier, and her advise is down-to-earth and easy to follow.

If you want to organise a lovely wedding (or party) and make it more environmentally friendly, then get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Green Wedding? 23 May 2008
Despite the emphasis on getting married, this book is just plain brilliant for organising any large gathering! From clothing to makeup, shoes to stationary, food and flowers - whatever you might need for your wedding, Suzan has found a greener alternative. But you can still have a white dress, you don't actually have to get married in green ...... However, you can get married (or do a civil ceremony, blessing, handfasting, or any other ceremony you prefer) in lots of style, with huge impact but with little harm done to the environment. You can have a fantastic day and feel even better at the end because of all the differences you made. It's a shame I'm single really, but I'll definitely be dipping into it for ideas when it comes to book launches and parties in the future.

I'd love to see a book in this series for general party planning, maybe eco-friendly kids parties? What do you think Suzan?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green wedding? Start here..... 15 July 2008
How to Get Married in Green: Have an eco-friendly wedding without compromising on style
This book is excellent. We are getting married in November and my partner thinks he is a guru on all things green, and wants a green wedding.

He read this book in one sitting, and he is impressed. Not only does the book help you save the planet/environment, but it helps you save money.

The author is a talented writer, who clearly researches her books well and writes in a manner that is easy to read. From Jewelery to the wedding breakfast, from hymns to honeymoons, it can all be found here, in one place.

If you think you cannot afford to get married in green, think again and read this book, it's worth well worth it.

If you know a couple planning their wedding, this book makes a superb gift. It has tips on getting married without the huge cost but with style.

Sarah Arrow
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