Post # 1
I manage our company’s employee volunteerism and corporate giving programs, he works on environmental issues — so giving back to the community and being mindful of the earth’s resources is very important to us as we envision our wedding. Props to Mrs. Peep-Toe on this topic. I’d love to hear any more ideas that Bees have on this topic!
Here are some things we are thinking about:
1) Conflict-free rings (perhaps vintage as well)
2) Eco-friendly paper for invites (email Save-the-Dates)
3) No gifts or favors (donations to favorite non-profits instead)
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe
What about having all the food grown locally. Buying what you can from local vendors including dress?
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2020 - Outside a rustic b&b in Big Bear Lake
Using local vendors is great to cut down on them travling…using china instead paper plates… donate the leftover food after the wedding to a local homeless shelter
Post # 5
I second Joey’s idea. Local dress, or vintage dress. Farmer’s market flowers. Also, Etsy has a local search feature, so you could find lots of wedding-related things through that.
Post # 6
where are you getting married? how about an eco friendly menu as well with only organically grown foods? you could also do a favor like a local wine or food to support the local economy. having your ceremony and reception in the same place also would decrease the carbon footprint of your wedding. have you seen martha stewarts’ assistants wedding? it was beautifully done and impeccably sophisticated and casual.
Post # 7
We are using local vendors for almost everything: his suit, my dress, our caterer, our paper products, and our rings were all purchased from local stores.
Post # 8
Thanks, GREAT ideas, ladies!
We are still trying to figure out venues but if we can bring in our own caterer, that would be awesome as there are a number of catering companies that work with organic, local foods here in San Francisco.
I’m also wondering if there is a way to incorporate a community service element to my shower activities — maybe a Habitat for Humanity building day with my girls? Would love to hear any ideas from the Bees!
Post # 9
Organic cotton attire and whatnot? There are lots of organic linen dresses out there that are gorgeous for bridesmaids =].
Post # 10
PM me if you are interested–I know someone out in California who is an eco-friendly wedding planner. Everything is green and eco and stuff. And her services start at like $500 I think so she isn’t ridiculously expensive either!
Post # 11
I think using local vendors would be a great idea. You should try to get local grown, organic food, if you can. You can also focus on food that’s in season at the time of your wedding, so you know everything is totally fresh and local. And using flowers from the Farmer’s Market is a great idea! 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Definitely local growers, also, sustainable plants, esp ones that are indiginous to your area. 🙂
Post # 13
Interesting idea re: organic fabrics! I have a friend that co-owns a fair-trade eco-friendly clothing line (http://www.suutra.com) and I was thinking of perhaps talking to her about BM gifts (scarves, etc) but maybe even the dresses from there could work for BMs. Was thinking they might be too casual, but maybe not.
I also loved the idea I just read on Mrs. Pinot Noir’s blog about donating her dress to Brides Against Breast Cancer. I didn’t know about that organization before.
I’m also thinking I will forego traditional floral arrangements for potted plants instead that the guests can take home.