Committed 2017

March 6th, 2017

Did you miss Committed 2017, the annual wedding show staged by the Green Wedding Alliance?  It was a couple of weeks ago at the Greenhouse Loft.  As always, it was a fun, low-key afternoon of food and flowers and happy people planning their weddings.  All the vendors are members of the Green Wedding Alliance.  Here are a few photos from the show.

Committed wedding show

Greenhouse Loft was decked out for the occasion.

FIG Catering was there with their delicious food.

FIG Catering was there with their delicious food.

So was Food for Thought.

So was Food for Thought.

Cacao Bakery was right next to me.

Cacao Bakery was right next to me.

Erickson Design was across from me with their invitations and paper products.

Erickson Design was across from me with their invitations and paper products.

Spilled Ink Press was there, too.

Spilled Ink Press was there, too.

Fab Flora had a fab display.

Fab Flora had a fab display.

And Pollen had some of their floral displays there.

And Pollen had some of their floral displays there.

One of the most unusual vendors, PoemGrown will write custom poetry for your event!

One of the most unusual vendors, PoemGrown will write custom poetry for your event!

And here was my table.  Green wedding planners always bring their bicycles!

And here was my table. Green wedding planners always bring their bicycles!

A little close-up.

A little close-up.

My Green Commitment

January 18th, 2016
Bouquets look so much better when they don't lie flat.

Bouquets look so much better when they don’t lie flat.

What makes a wedding planner eco-friendly?  Among other things, this does:

The night before a wedding I had planned, the florist called.  He was planning his delivery of personal flowers for the next day and wanted my input.  He could lay the bouquets flat in a cardboard box for delivery, but, he said, that tended to make them come out flat on one side.  His preferred method would be to stand them up in vases, which would then be secured into a re-usable crate.  The only catch was that he needed to get the vases and crates back if there was to be no charge to my clients.  For aesthetic reasons, I thought the vase-and-crate delivery method was superior.  Also, it was less waste, which I also prefer.   That’s the first thing a green wedding planner does: reduce waste.  But it gets better.

A few days after the wedding, I went about the business of returning the items to the florist.  I got out my trusty bike and the bungee cords, strapped the crate with four glass vases in it to the back of my bike, and rode–very carefully–the three-and-a-half miles to deliver them.  Because that is also what a green wedding planner does.  No matter what aspect of wedding or party planning I am working on, I am always thinking about how to reduce waste, reduce emissions, and have a greener party.

Charitable Wedding Favors

September 7th, 2015
To have favors or not? Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

To have favors or not? Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

You may be considering how to handle favors at your wedding.  While lots of people like to give more traditional wedding favors, some people prefer not to give a tangible gift for fear it will end up in a landfill.  (And, let’s face it, a lot of wedding favors are destined for just that.)

One interesting alternative to the chocolate or knick-knack is to make a donation to one or more charities in honor of your guests.  This can take various forms.  You can spend the funds from your favor budget line by donating to a charity and then informing your guests that a donation has been made in lieu of favors via cards on the table.  Or you can let your guests choose among your favorite charities.  Offbeat Bride had an article about a cute way to do this earlier this year.  There are also organizations that will help you coordinate your donations and create the announcement for you.

Whether it’s because you prefer not to have physical favors or because you want to donate to causes near your hearts, charitable wedding favors are one option among the many you have.

 

 

Eco-Friendly Planning Tip: Gifts

May 4th, 2015
How can you make your gift table more sustainable? Image by theblondephotographer.com.

How can you make your gift table more sustainable? Image by theblondephotographer.com.

Any time you throw a party–birthday, wedding, anniversary, whatever–people will bring gifts.  If you want to steer your guests to gifts that are green or sustainable in some way, there is more than one option.

One way is to ask people to make donations to a cause, possibly even an environmental cause.  If you want to do a formal donation gift registry, organizations such as the I Do Foundation can create a Charity Registry for you.  You can also let your guests know your preferences in a more informal way, if you prefer.  (But Miss Manners insists that there should be no mention of gifts with the invitation.  That’s one thing your wedding website is for.)

Some people will give you tangible gifts, and I’m not going to discourage them.  If you want to reduce the amount of garbage that goes to the landfill, however, you can suggest to your guests that they use recycled wrapping paper to wrap it.  You can also steer them to less wasteful gifts, such as things you really need or gift certificates for services you enjoy.

Finally, you can make a point of recycling or reusing as much packaging as possible from your gifts.  Cardboard boxes, most wrapping paper, and some kinds of plastic packaging can all be recycled.  It’s a little thing, but it all adds up.