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!

What’s Wrong With Candles?

May 16th, 2016
Candles add light and color.  Photo by hannahelaine photography (hannahelaine.com).

Candles add light and color. Photo by hannahelaine photography (hannahelaine.com).

Everybody loves candles, and they are usually everywhere at a wedding reception.  They create a beautiful, festive atmosphere and always add a touch of class.  So, what could possibly be wrong with them?

There’s nothing inherently wrong with candles, but there are some things to be aware of before you decide to put them on every available surface.  There are two areas that concern me: safety and environmental considerations.

The thing to be aware of on the environmental side is that candles are made from petroleum, and burning them releases hydrocarbons into the air.  This is not a huge amount of air pollution, but if you are planning to burn candles indoors at a party, it would be worthwhile to investigate the ventilation options in the room so that it doesn’t become warm, stuff, and filled with candle smoke.

An alternative to burning standard candles is to have soy or beeswax candles, instead.  The output of these candles is less toxic than standard candles.  It’s a small way to improve the sustainability of your event, but it’s worthwhile.

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Candles in the middle of the table are safer than anywhere else.

On the safety side, please be thoughtful about where you place your candles.  They are safer in the middle of a table than at the edge.  (I recently had to pick up two large, lit pillar candles that got knocked off the edge of the gift table at a wedding.  Luckily, no one was injured.)  Candles are even safer if they are in glass containers.  Your local fire code or the venue’s rules may even insist on this.  If not, it is still a very good idea.

I heard a horror story recently about candles at a wedding that made me acutely aware of the safety issues.  There was open flame at the reception, and the bride’s long veil brushed by a candle and went up in flames.  It burned so fast that there was no way to save it, and, I imagine, the bride’s hair did not escape unscathed.

You can avoid having such things happen at your wedding or party if you consider in advance where your candles are placed and how they are protected from being bumped, nudged, knocked, or brushed.