"green" weddings

Hi everyone! I'm planning a green wedding for May 2008. I'm putting together reviews of vendors that use organic and locally-grown. Other eco-savvy brides, please say hello and add me as your friend! =)
Posted on March 7, 2007 at 3:18 pm
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margaret
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Very cool! Thanks Bonnie!
Posted on March 8, 2007 at 2:33 pm
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Your dog is so cute! After seeing Inconvenient Truth, I'm more aware of the environment so I'll definitely check out your reviews.
Posted on March 9, 2007 at 1:15 pm
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You can use potted plants as your centerpieces! The flowers can be planted in our backyard afterwards, or taken home by your guests! Another idea I might do for the Texas reception is have a centerpiece of fragrant fresh herbs! Our guests can take them home and start an herb garden!
Posted on March 11, 2007 at 5:50 am
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Hi Bonnie-
I am curious to know whether or not you have had your wedding.
I am planning my wedding now and I plan to be as green as I can be without effecting my guests' experience.
For instance, I thought about buying carbon offsets as my favor but decided that's not really a gift FOR them!
So here are my green plans:

- STD postcard, saving paper with no envelopes
- on line RSVP. Yes, I know how it sounds . But here are my reasons: it's a small wedding with almost all guests being tech saavy. If I direct people to a site to rsvp, I can also have all info on line about the wedding. also saving paper by not including a map etc in the invite. I feel like it is modern and green to do it this way. Again, saving paper. and money on postage and the extra card.
- My caterer uses all organic, local sources which was a key factor in my inclusion of them on my tasting list
-I am planning to provide some transportation to the site and I have contacted an eco limo service
-for all flowers other than my bouquet: I plan to select seasonal, local blooms. My bouquet will have sentimental choices

I'm still working on my ideas and options.
Ideas are welcome! : )

and hopefully everyone gets the idea that there are choices you can make that work for you that are more environmentally conscious. I think the idea that everyone can do SOMETHING is important!
Posted on February 8, 2008 at 2:29 am
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I love this! Green is the only way to be! And weddings can be so excessive if people aren't concious about their choices. More green ideas:

--Wear a used wedding gown. There are amazing choices on eBay and other sites selling gently worn gowns. Or if your mother or grandmother had a lovely dress, that could be an option too. It's amazing what can be updated and restyled from older gowns. Borrowing a gown from a friend or family member is also a great option. Same with accessories!

--Let BMs shop in their closet...every gal has a little black dress!

--Limit the number of guests. Less people=less consumption.

--Try to buy the "greenest" items you can for your wedding...from recycled paper and soy based inks for your invites to natural fiber linens for your tables (I used awesome burlap for our table runners). Found objects or second hand for centerpieces (tea tins or jelly jars are great!) or as Margaret posted, potted plants. I love the look of a potter orchid or gardenia for a centerpiece. Actually mini roses, tulips, rhododendrons, etc. would all look great. And send them home with VIPs afterwards (remember to buy them from a green nursery). Fruit is also awesome as decor. Pinneaple centerpieces or big bowls of fruit like lemons, apples or grapes. Sky's the limit!

--If you do buy a new wedding dress and/or bridesmaid dresses, chose natural fibers like silk, hemp, cotton, etc. There are several Green Wedding designers on the market nowadays.

--Buy conflict free diamonds and recycled jewelry.

--For venues consider supporting a location and/or a nonprofit organization that's already interested in or dedicated to green causes: parks, museums, or retreat centers, for example.

Or rather than having everyone come to you, consider choosing a venue close to where the majority of your guests live. This will help cut down on the environmental costs associated with travel. For the same reason, hold the ceremony and reception at the same venue and help your guests arrange carpools.

--Rent hybrids instead of stretch hummers/limos.



Here are some links to more ideas:

http://portovert.com/home

http://www.theknot.com/keywords/in_701.shtml

http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/2007/03/10_steps_to_a_g.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/11/fashion/11green.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/04/how-to-green-your-wedding.php

http://www.greatgreenwedding.com/default.php

http://www.greeneleganceweddings.com/
Posted on February 8, 2008 at 7:07 am
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Instead of regular candles use soy candles. They burn cleaner (and actually burn longer).
Posted on February 8, 2008 at 7:20 am
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We're not having a "green" wedding per se, but we are doing the following:

- We picked a venue that is famous for its incredible local, organic food.

- We are not serving beef (a major contributor to greenhouse gases) or shrimp (a "conflict" food).

- Our announcements are printed on recycled paper.

- We're having only 30 guests.

- We've arranged a hiking expedition for our guests so that we can all enjoy nature together.



However, I wouldn't begin to claim to be having a green wedding, in part because our 30 guests are coming from all over North America to be there, which will take an enormous amount of fossil fuels, and our cake, flowers, and party rentals are all being trucked from 60-100 miles away, which is also pretty wasteful. We ourselves are traveling 400 miles to be there. You know what really bugs me the most though? We registered at Crate & Barrel and have started receiving gifts - and the amount of packaging they use to ship the gifts is just unconscionable. We recycled what we could, but it still bothers me.



Regarding Lori's suggestion to wear a used wedding dress - check out Posh Girl Vintage (www.poshgirlvintage.com) for amazing retro dresses like this stunner:

Posted on February 8, 2008 at 7:42 am
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We generally try to be as earth friendly as possible. Here are a few things we're doing:
-my dress is made with sustainable hemp/silk charmeuse (from Olivia Luca)
-we are using tree-free invites printed on Nepalese Paper (Lokta fiber)
-we will provide a shuttle for our guests

Happy planning!
Posted on February 20, 2008 at 7:00 pm
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Chowbaby, Olivia Luca's designs are lovely. I'll have to check them out for myself, thanks! : )
Posted on February 21, 2008 at 2:12 am

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