April 2019

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Are you getting married and planning your honeymoon? Are you using Honeyfund for your registry? Big props to you.

Even if you don’t realize it, registering to fund your honeymoon travel is a great way to reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint. You’re opting for experiences over material goods. Plus the memories from a trip will likely last longer than the enjoyment from opening a crystal punch bowl.  

You may have made some green choices for your wedding, like using local flowers or exchanging ethically sourced rings. You can continue to make eco-conscious choices together with your honeymoon. Or use it as a chance to start a more sustainable lifestyle if this wasn’t something you were thinking about before.

For other tips to have a greener get-away, read on.

Tips For A Wildlife-friendly Honeymoon

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 1.  Exotic doesn’t mean you have to go far.

You don’t have to travel to some far-flung, remote island to celebrate newlywed life. Remember it’s about you and your partner, not the place. By skipping a roundtrip trans-Atlantic flight, you can save 1.6 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Between the two of you, that’s the emissions equivalent of a nearly 8,000-mile road trip. Plus, the less time you spend traveling, the more time you have to explore your destination and enjoy each other’s company.

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2. Go where the wild things are.

Consider a trip to a national park to see native species in their natural splendor. The admission you pay for these parks helps support the conservation of natural spaces for years to come, providing valuable habitat for wildlife. A recent study also confirms that time spent in nature is good for your physical and mental well-being. Even though you vowed “in sickness and in health” why not hedge your bets and start things off on the right foot in the great outdoors?

3. Opt for ethical ecotourism.

If you are looking into any kind of ecotourism activity, do your research and make sure it’s responsible. This means tourism sites put animal safety and welfare ahead of guest experience, with restrictions on how close you can get and limiting the amount of people on tours each day. Other best practices include minimizing harms to animals and habitats and tours that financially support and empower local culture and conservation efforts.

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4. Travel light.

Once you arrive at your destination, you may need a way to get around town. If you’re planning on renting a car for your trip, see what your alternative options are available, such as hybrid or electric vehicles. Even better, use bike shares and public transportation to get around and to see more of the area. Stations and stops are usually located near major sightseeing destinations in urban areas, making them a super convenient and low-impact way to get around.

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5. Stay small.

Find small-scale hotels in the community you’re staying in. Their impact is usually less than the larger chain hotels. Smaller hotels can reduce your accommodation footprint by as much as 48 percent. You’ll also likely be supporting local businesses in the area and the staff might be able to recommend some hidden gems off of the beaten path. Small local businesses help support and empower the nearby community.

6. Be sun safe and sea safe.

Check the ingredients on your sunscreen and opt for types with natural barriers rather than chemical ones. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic to corals and cause them to bleach and die. A third of reef-building coral is threatened and we’ve already lost half of our coral reefs due to climate change. The added stress of chemical contamination deepens the crisis.

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7. Safe sex saves wildlife.

No matter where you go, honeymoons are notorious for one particular activity. But before you “make things official,” make sure the right contraceptive for you and your partner is at the top of both of your packing lists. That way you don’t add to your family before you’re ready. Almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and the demands of our growing human population mean less resources and space for wildlife.

There are a number of ways to make your trips more sustainable from where you go to how you get there. Your honeymoon can be a joint commitment to a more conservation conscious lifestyle. And remember, these suggestions can apply to any trip, not just your honeymoon. Spread the love for wildlife by making responsible choices whenever you travel.

Bio: Since 2009, the Center for Bio Diversity’s Endangered Species Condoms program has been working to address the connection between rampant human population growth and the extinction crisis since 2009. Through innovative outreach and public-pressure campaigns such as our award-winning Endangered Species Condoms project we focus on common-sense solutions, including the empowerment of women and girls, the education of all people, universal access to birth control, sustainable consumer choices, and a societal commitment to giving all species a chance to live and thrive.

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Wedding lingerie ideasThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Nothing is more exciting and stressful than deciding what wedding dress to wear to your wedding. However, choosing what type of lingerie to wear on your wedding night can be just as significant a choice as your wedding dress. Your wedding night is a special night and deserves uniquely sensual lingerie.

When you think of your wedding day and your undergarments you probably prefer to play it safe during the wedding. No one wants any wardrobe mishaps during something as special as a wedding. But you’ll want to spice up your wardrobe and find some special lingerie for the nighttime.

So, what are some things to consider when preparing and shopping for your wedding night lingerie?

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Your Guide To Wedding Night Lingerie

Know Your Size And Shape

It is essential to choose a style that best fits your body and helps you accentuate your best assets come the night of your wedding. Make sure you choose lingerie that isn’t too large or too small but is your proper size. You’ll feel much better if the lingerie fits your body.

Choose Something Extravagant

Don’t be afraid to be bold and experiment with sultry styles. Remember, this is your wedding night. You chose your wedding dress carefully and made sure it was perfect, so make sure you give the same attention to your lingerie.

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Think About Your Style

Are you a classy type of person or are you a little on the wild side? Pick the kind of lingerie that showcases who you are or who you secretly want to be on your special night.

Colors And Materials

Think about what colors your skin looks best in and what makes you glow. Choose lingerie colors that compliment your skin tone. Think about which material you feel the most sexy in, cotton or satin? Do you prefer silk or lace? Do you want it to be see-through or do you want to leave something to the imagination? The color and material of your lingerie are essential when making the final decision.

Wedding Night Lingerie Ideas

Shopping for the perfect lingerie piece for your wedding night can be overwhelming as there seems to be so many choices available. Listed below are a few lingerie ideas that should fit for a perfect wedding night.

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The Baby Doll

The Baby Doll is a simple, loose-fitting, short dress that comes in a variety of colors and can be sleeveless or have light sleeves. The length of a Baby Doll is often as short as the navel and generally doesn’t go longer than the thighs. Often the Baby Doll comes with formed cups called a bralette. The Baby Doll is a sensual garment that allows a woman to feel sexy without feeling uncomfortable.

Bra And Panty Set

Just as the name implies, the bra and panty set contains a sexy and usually matching set of a bra and panties. Often the bra and panty will be lace or sheer and come in a variety of different colors. The bra and panty set is an excellent way to show off your cleavage and midsection, letting you feel sexy while still leaving a little something to the imagination.

The Teddy

Teddies are typically made of sheer material and because they fit like a swimsuit, are sometimes called bodysuits or one-pieces. Teddies come in many different colors and styles and are one of the more commonly worn, better known pieces of lingerie. A teddy will hide trouble areas on your body and accentuate the areas you want to play up, leaving a woman feeling sexy and confident.

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Bustier

One of the sexiest pieces of lingerie is the Bustier. This piece of lingerie holds trouble areas in but lifts and exposes your cleavage. The bustier comes in many different colors and materials and is a must-have piece of lingerie for any woman.

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Night Gowns

Nightgowns come in different colors and materials and can be long or short and as sheer as you choose. One of the benefits to the nightgown is selecting the level of sexiness you wish to display. They can be classy, or sexy and revealing.

Camisole And Shorts

As the name implies, this is a short top with matching bottoms. The styles vary as does the material. The camisole and shorts are often seen as simple but sexy and will make any bride stand out on her wedding night. Camisole and shorts can accentuate any body type.

Picking the perfect piece of lingerie for your wedding night is important for any bride but what’s more important is feeling confident and comfortable in your skin. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way.

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Bio: Awearness is a blog that discusses everything about vegan and sustainable fashion.

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