Posts Tagged ‘environment’

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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What is the Environmental Impact of Your Wedding?

May 20, 2010

So, you’re getting married, and you’ve decided you want your wedding to be earth-friendly. You’ve read some of the green wedding tips on this blog, and you’ve chosen a few that will work for you and your new life partner. Congratulations – every little bit helps!

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Did you know that one of the biggest contributors to a wedding’s impact on the environment is travel by guests flying or driving to the wedding, and the energy used in hotel rooms? If you’re wondering just how much impact your wedding guests will have on the environment, check out the Wedding Carbon Footprint Calculator from Terrapass. Simply answer a few questions and you’ll have your answer right away.

For more on this subject, you may also wish to read these articles:

What are you doing to make your wedding eco-friendly?

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How to Show Your Commitment to the Environment

April 8, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I suggested that your business give away plantable items such as tree seedlings, tree seeds, or flower seeds in eco boxes to commemorate Earth Day. It’s important, of course, to realize that caring for the environment isn’t restricted to one day each year.

eco-friendly business cards
Take my business card, for instance. The flower petals embedded in recycled paper clearly demonstrate my commitment to the environment. Even more exciting is the packet of seeds stapled inside. Each person who receives my card also gets a chance to create a lifetime of “growing memories.”

You too can build meaningful relationships with your customers by showing your environmental consciousness. These eco-friendly business cards can be customized with your own logo and special message, and you can choose from any one of 10 different tree seeds or flower seeds.

Why settle for ordinary business cards when you can give your contacts something truly beautiful and unique which also helps the planet?

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Garden Seed Favors for Your Spring Wedding

March 3, 2010

Have you ever gone to a wedding and received some kind of trinket as a memento of the occasion? It may have been made of glass, wood, or china, and whether it was attractive or not, it probably wasn’t something you wanted to display in your home. So you either put it out anyway, out of courtesy to the bride and groom, tucked it away in a cupboard somewhere, or tossed it in the trash.

Is that something you want to impose on your wedding guests? I don’t think so!green garden seed favors

If you’re environmentally conscious, you’re probably looking for ways to incorporate eco friendly practices into all areas of your life, including your wedding. Sure, you could just scrap the idea of handing out favors, but you don’t have to! There are all kinds of ways to give your guests a keepsake that, instead of ending up as landfill, will actually keep on growing – literally!

Our green garden seed favors are very popular for spring weddings. With flower seeds embedded in handmade paper, these one-of-a-kind guest gifts are made from all natural botanicals and designed to be planted completely in the garden. They are paired with an elegant, imprinted 100% recycled paper insert, finished with a raffia tie, and will stand up on your wedding reception tables for an added touch of elegance.

These earth-friendly flower seed party favors will recycle, becoming part of the garden as the flowers bloom year after year. Shower your guests with the love you share and the beauty of flowers!

To learn more, visit Tree Beginnings or call us at 1-888-315-7333.