Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly’

Don’t Get Stressed Out About Planning Your Green Wedding!

July 7, 2010

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do in your life, but along with the excitement comes a certain amount of stress as you try to work out every detail. If you’re afraid that trying to minimize your wedding’s environmental impact will add to that stress, you need to read this article by wedding planner Amira Harris.

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Green is the New Black – Stress Free Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas

You’re getting married! Yay! Now, what?

Planning your wedding can be a lot of fun. It can also be a great big giant headache. There are so many things to consider, feelings to protect, and your own happiness to pursue. What do you do first? How do you prioritize?

First of all, relax. Take a deep breath…and release. There. Much better.

So you want to have an environmentally friendly wedding – an Eco Wedding, if you will. But how do you go about planning one? Is it possible to have the wedding of your dreams without doing so much damage to the environment that there won’t be anything left for your children’s wedding?

The answer is a resounding YES!

And the best part of having a Green wedding? You save money! What could be better than having a dream wedding while saving the Earth and fattening your wallet? Maybe eating a whole lot of chocolate without breaking out or gaining weight – but that’s a whole different issue.

Back to the topic: Stress-free eco wedding planning. Right.

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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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Planning a Green Wedding

June 9, 2010

June is traditionally the most popular month for weddings, but if your wedding date is yet to come, you’ll want to read these suggestions from Wedding Coordinator and Event Planner Melissa Miville.Daisy Bouquet Seed Favors

Tips on Planning a Green Wedding

We’ve all heard about “going green”. Everyone is starting to use recyclable bags for shopping, people are taking the bus or riding bikes to work to save on gas, there are now environmentally friendly cleaners, and more. And now people are starting to have green weddings.

You may wonder how you can have a green wedding. Here are some ideas!

Invitations

You can skip paper altogether and go electronic. There are several sites out there where you can do this. You can also create a PDF and send that electronically or even do a video to send to your guests. With these last two just be aware that some guests may not have the appropriate software to open the invitations.

Worried guests won’t take your electronic invitation seriously? Don’t worry, you still have options! Almost all invitation designers have some sort of recycled paper. And if you are doing the invitations yourself, your local stationery store is sure to have recycled paper also. You can even find tree free paper. And check this out…seed embedded paper. This can be planted!

Bridal Registry

Register for your gifts online. And be sure to register for eco-friendly items. Better yet, don’t register for gifts. Ask guests to donate to a charity in your name. For example you could ask them to donate to Make A Wish.

Favors

One way of staying eco-friendly is to buy your favors locally rather than having some cheap “trinkets” shipped halfway around the world. You can also use small trees or seeds that the guests can then plant. Bonus – this will help fight global warming! Or why not give a donation to your favorite charity in the guest’s names? Not only is this eco-friendly, but it will help someone in need.

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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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The Everything Green Wedding Book

May 13, 2010

The Everything Green Wedding BookMore and more of you brides and grooms are looking for ways to lower your wedding’s carbon footprint. There are lots of resources available online (including this blog!), but if you’re looking for a good book on the subject, check out The Everything Green Wedding Book by Wenona Napolitano. It begins with The Top Ten Reasons to Choose a Green Wedding and provides tons of information on every aspect of planning an environmentally friendly wedding.

Some of the recommendations you’ll find in the book include:

Centerpieces:

Place Cards:

Favors:

Accessories:

For more great ideas, look for The Everything Green Wedding Book at your favorite bookstore or online retailer.

At Tree Beginnings we offer a wide range of products to help you make your big day eco-friendly, so be sure to check out our website!

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