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Greener Weddings Simplified Presented by

Living Eco-Wise, LLC 6/13/2009 Ace Hotel and Swim Club Palm Springs, CA


Why green weddings?

Research by the Live Green, Live Smart Institute ® shows a traditional North American wedding will generate an average of 50 to 200 tons of CO2 per event, depending on the size of the event.

That is an amount of CO2 equal to what is produced over 2 years to 9 years by a family of 4.

The average wedding will waste up to 38% of the food and beverages served and send to a landfill up to one-third metric tons of solid waste.

Couples that start their relationship with low-impact, green weddings are making a social and moral commitment to stay green for the long-term. ” People in the wedding business say the eco-friendly or “green” wedding has arrived” NY Times, 2/11/2007, How Green Was My Wedding


Who is this “green” market?

and… Why do they matter?


They’re diverse

They’re loyal, and they will promote you!!


Greening the Event


INVITES •

An announcement or invitation can set the tone for the environmentally friendly wedding.

Options include 100% recycled, partially recycled, or completely tree-free papers from wedding invitation suppliers. You can even make your own paper.

Many brides today are communicating electronically and creating a unique personal wedding. Make a website(wix.com) or use Evite.


FLOWERS & DECOR • Flowers – use organic and locally available flowers. Try recycling the bridesmaids’ flowers into center pieces. • Use alternatives to floral centerpieces according to a theme.


WEDDING MENU -FOOD… Serve organic food •

In its simplest definition, organic food is prepared without the use of environmentally harmful pesticides and chemical additives. •

Free range meat and chicken, prepared without chemical growth hormones, are also a staple of the organic menu.

Find a caterer or restaurant that prepares organic food in an ecological manner and has leftovers taken to be composted. Find local vendors, check Farmer’s Markets and community gardens


..AND DRINK • Recycle the bar empties • Empty glass and plastic bottles and aluminum cans can quickly pile up during larger receptions. • Do an organic wine bar. Consider hiring a sommelier who can educate your guests on organic wines from various regions.


ATTIRE

• • • • •

• BRIDES and Bridesmaids Repurposed prom dresses Rental Pre-owned Vintage Theme


ATTIRE GROOMS

• • • •

Rental Vintage Theme Non-tux options


GIFTING • donations to a cause • Sustainability gift registries

• • • • •

FAVORS Things That Grow . Wildflower seed packets Flower bulbs Tree seedlings Potted plants/flowers Lucky bamboo


VENUES/THEMES


VENUES • ACE • Desert Adventures • RimRock Ranch Cabins • Rosa Muerta • Joshua Tree • Integratron


WITH THIS RING… • Recycle gold and/or diamonds into new rings • Buy from a local artisan • Choose semi-precious stones or no stones


Guest Greening ENCOURAGE GUESTS TO:

• Bring their own toiletries or soap from home. • Purchase carbon offsets for travel. • Confirm guest attendance to cut down on wasted food.

•Use the recycling containers at the reception •Donate unused amenities if possible.


Stories

• Etsy.com Etsy :: The Storque :: This Handmade Life :: F


• {Eco-Chic Weddings} by Emily Anderson


• How Green Was My Wedding - New York Tim


WRAP IT UP Connect locally • Sustainability partners Green Event/Wedding Planners Eco-consultants Green Networking Groups Composting Organic and eco-conscious caterers Venues/Hotels

Greener Weddings  

June 13, 2009 Ace Hotel and Swim Club Presented by Living Eco-Wise, LLC

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