I am beaming with excitement about doing an event this year at The Bay Club at Westshore. My bride and I recently visited for our walk-thru and food tasting. This venue is like a "Hidden Gem" in Tampa Bay Florida! Who knew!?!? It's absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Gorgeous view, right on the water! The staff is amazing and the building carries a warm Mediterranean feel. This setting will make for some AMAZING wedding pictures! How lucky are you Krystal?
Thursday, March 10, 2011
“It’s a Nice Day for a Green Wedding”
MARRY BY DAY
Exchange vows outdoors, in the morning or afternoon. The sun replaces electric light, and if you choose a temperate time of year, you may also avoid the need for air-conditioning or heating.
At an evening wedding, consider keeping artificial light to a minimum. Instead, use softly glowing soy or beeswax candles, which, unlike those made of paraffin wax, come from renewable sources.
CUT DOWN ON PAPER
It’s still not easy to find a huge selection of nice invitations printed on recycled paper, especially formal ones. But there are other ways to save trees, says Emily Anderson, author of “Eco-Chic Weddings”(Hatherleigh Press, 2007).
When you register, make a note asking that gifts not be wrapped. Cut down on the unwanted catalogs and credit card solicitations by asking the stores you register with not to share your address.
PAY IT BACK
Before her wedding,
bride Kim McLawhorn compensated for her guests’ expected fuel consumption by using Mapquest to determine about how many miles each person would be traveling. Then she bought carbon offsets from NativeEnergy, a Denver company that uses these proceeds to fund cleaner, renewable-energy projects, such as wind farms. Vermont
Food and flowers grown nearby require less transportation- and thus fuel- and as a bonus are generally fresher. Ask your florist for locally grown organic flowers. Use local vendors for other wedding services such as videography and music.
GIVE EARTH_FRIENDLY FAVORS
Skip the throwaway tchotchkes in lieu of a donation in guests’ names to an organization such as the World Wildlife Fund. Or, if you’d like your guests to go home with a small keepsake, try tiny potted herbs, tree seedlings in biodegradable containers or edible gifts such as fair trade coffee or organic chocolate.
Yes, you should ask your caterer to separate bottles and cans at the reception and to ferry the leftover food to a shelter. But there are so many other unexpected- and beautiful- ways to reuse items, says
. You can wear your mother’s gown or a vintage dress, and you can repurpose your flowers. Anderson
Add some foliage to your ceremony arrangements for the reception, and consider donating your blooms. For example, an organizational in
New York City and called FlowerPowerFoundation.org will pick up your arrangements for a small contribution and deliver them to the sick and elderly. Los Angeles
Besides the feel-good bonus of regifting beautiful flowers and benefiting the environment, you may get a tax write-off. Check for similar charities in your area or call a nursing home for suggestions on how to donate.
Some limousine companies offer hybrid models. Ask those in your area.
Ask for eco-friendly gifts.
Calculate carbon usages for your wedding and honeymoon, and purchase offsets at www.nativeenergy.com/portovert.
“It’s a nice day for a green wedding.”
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Times on the web 31 May 2008. Seattle
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