Green Resource: SWANNC

December 4th, 2017
Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Okay, so technically this is not just a resource for weddings, events, and parties.  It’s for everyone, all the time.  And it’s not glamorous.  I’m talking about the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (or SWANNC).  Even for people who don’t live in Northern Cook County, this website has a huge amount of information that is useful.

There is a directory of resources for reusing and recycling that covers everything from Appliances and Automobiles through Fire extinguishers, Make-up containers, and Shoes to Wood recycling and Yard waste.  Many of the resources are local, but many can be found regionally or nationally.  My favorite discovery so far is places you can take polystyrene (Styrofoam) to be downcycled into other materials.

If you look under business resources, you will also find a Green Meeting Guide and a Zero Waste Event Guide.  They are designed for use by businesses and mostly for corporate events, but there are some good tips that would also be useful for social events.  Check them out if you’re planning a party and want to go green.

If you have questions about recycling, about donating goods, about composting–about pretty much anything that has to do with disposing of things–check out SWANNC and make them part of your next party.

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.

Lake House Wedding

September 19th, 2016

We had so much fun a few weeks ago working with a couple whose wedding was unlike any I’ve ever seen.  The reception was more like a big carnival for the kids.  The adults had a great time, too!  Here are a few photos of the day.

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Non-Traditional Weddings: Bicycles!

June 20th, 2016
Wedding biking! Photo by Johnny Knight.

Wedding biking! Photo by Johnny Knight.

If you’re a cyclist (as I am), you might be interested in incorporating bicycles in your wedding plans.  To keep things simple, you could just have your bikes as props in some photos.  Or, you can use your bike as some or all of your wedding transportation.

Here’s a blog post from Seattle written by someone who organized a ride for his bride, himself, and their guests as part of the wedding day festivities.  The bride is wearing a dress of an appropriate length for cycling, some of the bikes are decorated, and everyone is smiling.  Looks like a lot of fun!

I’m sure there are plenty of ways to bring your enjoyment of cycling into your wedding day.  Of course, if you need a planner who also cycles, you know who to call!