Posts Tagged ‘earth-friendly’

Daffodils for Your Fall Wedding

July 28, 2010

I can hear you wondering…

How can you be recommending daffodils for a fall wedding? Everyone knows that daffodils grow in the spring! Isn’t using local flowers that are in season an important aspect of a green wedding?

daffodil favors

You are absolutely right! Importing flowers from a faraway location generates carbon emissions, contributing to pollution, so this should be avoided if at all possible.

Consider, however, that for daffodils to bloom in the spring, the bulbs must be planted in the fall. Why not give your guests a favor that keeps on giving – daffodil bulbs in an eco-gift box?

Daffodils have the flower meaning of rebirth, respect, regard and unrequited love. Planted in the fall, the bulbs will blossom delightfully in the spring. Plant a Memory with the beauty of flowers that will create memories of your wedding day as they blossom every spring .

Our brilliant daffodil flower bulbs are presented in a nest of green moss and enclosed in a recycled brown box finished with daffodil yellow raffia ribbon. They are available for weddings from September to November, but should be ordered early to avoid disappointment.

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Love-in-a-Mist Seed Favors for Your Fall Wedding

July 21, 2010

Are you planning to “go green” at your fall wedding? Do you love the idea of plantable seed favors, but are worried that it’s the wrong time of year for planting? Worry no more! Some annuals thrive and even sprout earlier in the spring if the seeds are sown in the fall, including Love-in-a-Mist.

Love-in-a-Mist Seed Favors

Love-in-a-Mist is a very pretty plant with a romantic name, lacy foliage and charming light blue and white flowers. Once established, the flowers will self-seed every year and produce an amazing ground cover.

When you order your favors from Tree Beginnings, your guests will receive a sealed packet of seeds along with a terra cotta clay pot and a peat pellet, nestled inside a box made entirely from recycled materials and finished with your choice of pink, royal blue or oatmeal raffia ribbon. Each gift is accompanied by a personalized imprinted paper card with a thank you message, poem, and growing instructions.

Be sure to watch this blog over the coming weeks for lots more autumn wedding ideas!

“A flower touches everyone’s heart”

Georgia O’Keefe

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Celebrity Green Weddings

June 23, 2010

Plantable Hearts & Butterfly FavorsIf you’re looking for ways to “green” your wedding, you are not alone. Many celebrities are recognizing the importance of protecting the environment and incorporating eco-friendly elements into their weddings. Here are just a few examples:

Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki’s wedding invitations were made from paper embedded with seeds, for guests to plant in their own gardens. They also opted for vegan menus, a choice also made by Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.

Producer Deborah Marinoff allowed her bridesmaids, Ali Larter and Amy Smart, to wear whatever they wanted to, rather than having them buy dresses they would never wear again.

Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney’s wedding included a tree planting ceremony, and as favors, guests had trees planted in their honor.

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds chose an eco-friendly venue for their wedding, as did Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican.

Nikki Cascone and Brad Grossman planned an entirely green event for their recent wedding. Their choices included herb plants on the tables and seeded paper placecards.

In lieu of wedding gifts, Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman requested that guests make a donation to charity, and so did Beverley Mitchell and Michael Cameron.

Chris Kattan and Sunshine Tutt provided their guests with heart-shaped biodegradable rice to toss instead of regular rice, which can harm birds and the environment, as well as eco-friendly favors.

After their wedding, Lisa Loeb and Roey Herskovitz gave their flowers to an organization that provides flowers to hospice and rehabilitation centers.

When Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg renewed their wedding vows on their 10-year anniversary, their two daughters planted a tree during the ceremony, and guests were given trees to take home.

(Thanks to Celebrity Bride Guide for most of the above information!)

What’s really great news is that you don’t have to be a celebrity to have your own green wedding! Check out our website for lots of affordable green wedding ideas.

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Daisies for Your Summer Wedding

June 1, 2010

The daisy represents loyal love, innocence, and purity. The positive attributes it represents, along with its beauty and simplicity, make it a popular choice for summer weddings.

Shasta Daisy

Accented with a terra cotta pot, recycled paper box and original card, and finished with your choice of daffodil yellow or oatmeal raffia ribbon, our Shasta Daisy Flower Seed Eco-Gift Box Favors make stunning reception table decorations.

The exclusive personalized card, made from handmade paper, has a daisy motif and the bride and groom’s names and wedding date on the front. On the back is a message which reads “Thank you for sharing our “growing Memories”.

Tucked inside is a packet of Shasta daisy seeds which your guests can plant indoors or out to produce an abundance of flowers and create “growing memories” of your wedding day. The inside of the card is imprinted with planting instructions and a poem, as shown below

Shasta Daisy Flower Seed Card

Your guests will truly enjoy this unique keepsake to commemorate your love and celebrate your new beginning!

For a complete floral fantasy, why not add a potted or cut daisies to your reception tables?

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Making Eco-Friendly Wedding Choices

May 26, 2010

Best Biddy, a website that connects consumers with wedding vendors and home service professionals in Canada and the United States, recently conducted a poll where they asked, “Where are you making your eco-wedding choices?” I was very disappointed to read that only 9% of the people who responded said they were choosing green wedding favors!

flower bulb favors in eco gift boxes

The presentation of favors is one of the most memorable and gracious gestures at a wedding, yet it breaks my heart to realize how many people are still giving their guests trinkets that will either sit around collecting dust, get tossed in a drawer, or even thrown away. Not only do those little plastic products generate vast amounts of pollution during the manufacturing process, but since most are made in other countries, even more pollution is created and resources wasted during shipping.

Instead, why not give unique, thoughtful wedding favors that inspire memories of your special day and help our environment? Tree seedlings, flower bulb favors in eco gift boxes, and plantable seeded favors are all gifts that will live long after your wedding day, and are just a few of the options that we’ve been proudly offering at Tree Beginnings since 1992.

Please join me in spreading the word!

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