Kermit was wrong!
I recently went to a great event for Chix in Business. It was the The Business of Living and Working Green. It was held at McKinney & Silver, which is a completely awesome space in the American Tobacco Campus
I am so excited to have had a great sampling of Green Planet Catering. They feature foods that are locally grown, pesticide and hormone free, and meet our high standards of quality really fantastic and fresh.
So this all got me thinking about how you can plan a green(er) wedding. Here are some tips:
Use Caterers that Use Locally Grown Food
With industrialization, our food is now grown and processed in fewer and fewer locations, meaning it has to travel further to reach the average consumer’s refrigerator. Although this method of production is considered efficient and economically profitable for large corporations, it is harmful to the environment, consumers and rural communities. Your food will taste so much fresher!
Recycle Your Decor
Decorate your ceremony space with items you can reuse at the reception, whether it's topiaries that go from the altar to the entryway or arrangements that decorate the program table and dress up your guest book area. You'll save money and waste less. When the evening is over, plan to donate the pieces to a church or hospital. Call ahead to see if you can arrange a pickup from your site.
The key to a wedding that's eco- and style-conscious is to simplify. Reusing accents or materials doesn't just save money, it saves resources. Work with what is in season and what you've got nearby and feel good about your efforts
Use Recycled Paper
You can't completely dismiss the wedding invitation. So instead, use paper that has a high-recycled content or is made from an alternative fiber, such as hemp or bamboo. I LOVE Woman Craft: These 100 percent recycled invitations are handmade by women working to overcome homelessness and other hardships.
Choose Vendors That Care
Teamwork is what makes a wedding possible. When hiring your pros, make sure that their personalities are compatible with yours -- and that they are open to creating a socially conscious wedding. Other tips:
Keep It Local
Whenever possible, use local resources for your wedding. Besides saving on transportation (both of goods and people), you'll be supporting small businesses and your local economy. If you are using larger or corporate vendors, do some online research into their practices, and support those that behave responsibly.
A wedding consultant is a huge asset -- she will save you time, share her/his vast experience, and hook you up with the right vendors for your style. Even better? One that specializes in (or is at very least familiar with) planning a green wedding.