Green Weddings Part 1: The Venue

If you are planning on going green for your wedding, more power to you! There are lots of ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint…even on one of the biggest day of your life! All you need to do is remember the three R’s in every category of your wedding day: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

I know what you are thinking…how can picking a venue reduce my carbon footprint? It can, you just need to ask the right questions. Questions, that most brides wouldn’t even think to ask. I will list some of the main questions you should ask to help you make the right decision for you and your Groom-to-Be.

  • Do they have a recycling policy?
  • Are you able to host the ceremony and reception there? This helps reduce traveling pollution to and from each site.
  •  Where do they purchase their food and do they support local or regional farmers?
  •  Do they compost leftover food or do they donate leftovers to a local garden?
  • Do they have any decor items on site that you would be able to reuse?
  • Are you able to bring in your own baker so you have the option of getting an organic wedding cake?
  • Are you able to reuse floral arrangements from the previous night’s event for bathrooms, entrance tables, etc.?

Those are just a few of the questions that you can ask your venue in addition to all the others that you would normally ask. For more, you can check out Eco-Chic Weddings by Emily Elizabeth Anderson. She has a lot of great information!

When planning your wedding and looking into the venue, you want to support businesses that are doing in regard to sustainability. Make sure they are on the same wavelength as you are in regards to green practices. There are lots of great places that you can get married in such as: a park, or you can support a Non-Profit by having it at a Museum or a garden. A great place is a Vineyard! You would be supporting local farming, plus most of them have a restaurant on site which would give you the same benefits of having the reception at a restaurant. I have done many wedding here in Temecula at the local Vineyards! They are beautiful!

Check out these websites to help you find a green venue by you.

www.greenbrideguide.com. This is my favorite place to go for information on green weddings.

http://greenhotels.com

http://greenweddingshoes.com/top-26-coolest-wedding-venues/

The knot also has a way that you can check Eco-friendly when searching.

I hope that I have given you some good information as a start of this green weddings series! Thank you for reading and please pass it along to those who will benefit from this information!

“Being Green is Beautiful!”

 

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The New Wedding Wednesdays Heads Up!

I haven’t been writing in almost a year! A lot has happened…moved twice and bought a house! That has been taking a lot of my attention, but I am trying to get back into this. I have thought about what I wanted to do on Wedding Wednesdays and decided that I was going to help you plan an Eco Friendly Wedding! Each week, I will talk about the different aspects it takes to plan and execute a wedding. I hope that it is helpful to you or someone else that you know that is in the planning stages right now.

Here is a wedding planning checklist that I have created for you to help this planning process go as simply as possible! As you can see, one of the first things on the list is to find a venue…so that is where I will start. Next week, I will talk about how to choose a venue that goes with your eco friendly vibe!

Yes, today is Thursday and not Wednesday, however, I wanted to give you a heads up as to what will be coming starting next week! I look forward to sharing with you lots of great information about creating a green wedding.

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Plant your greeting cards?

Hello! Welcome to Fun to Be Green Thursdays! This is the day where I will inform you of different ways to make your life a little greener.

Lately, I have been looking for tree-free paper to make for my thank you cards, tags, business cards and even postcards. I have found many great companies out there that sell tree free paper that you can print on, but I’ll get to those in another post. What I also found in my research, is seed paper! I have seen this before, but I had forgotten about it. Most companies who make the seed paper, take post consumer paper and turn it back into a pulp, add seeds and create new life for the paper. You can get seed paper with wild flowers, herbs, plants or other flower seeds depending on the company. seed paper

Most of the time if you want to print on the seed paper, you need a specific printer and ink. Some printers may damage the seeds. If you want something printed on the paper, I suggest going through one of the companies that specialize in this. There is one company that I really like, called Bloomin.bloomin

Bloomin seed paper is biodegradable and grows into wildflowers and other plants. As its popularity and manufacture grows, we continue to add alternative energy and eco-technologies. Our seed paper is crafted from 100% post-industrial, recycled paper and dyed with all-natural, vegetable-based pigments. Our products are printed with water-based inks and, when included, use corn-based packaging. Our production facility uses a 30kW solar power system—enough for all of our energy needs and powered by the same sun that makes our products bloom.”

Here are some other companies out there that do seeded paper:

logobotanicalforever fiances

Here is how bloomin tells you to plant their paper. I have noticed most of the companies have similar ways.

How To Grow Seed Paper 

Green thumb or all thumbs, even you can grow wildflowers from our seed paper! Some regions will have better luck with some seeds than others—but all regions will have a variety that thrives. Follow the tips below, and you’ll be enjoying beautiful wildflowers in no time!*
When to Plant1. Plant the paper outdoors in the cooler months, fall through early spring. Fall plantings will take advantage of the winter rains to give you early spring blooms.
2. Plant anytime indoors, then transplant to a more permanent location in early spring.
How to Plant and Nourish

1. Loosen the soil.
2. Soak the seed paper in water overnight.
3. Plant the wet seed paper in the prepared soil, at a depth of about 1/4 inch.
4. Water well, especially during the first four to six weeks.
5. Practice weed control.
*While perennials don’t normally bloom the first year, your annuals will.

Be sure to check them out. If you are feeling crafty, most of the companies sell just the paper by itself, so you can do your own DIY projects!

This is a fantastic way to be green! From wedding invitations to business cards to plantable favors…you can give back to the Earth!