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Green Wedding Guide

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Green Wedding Guide

Ahh, the steps to planning a wedding. They are many and varied and will sometimes make you feel as though you have two left feet and no balance whatsoever. Try to be in each moment as much as possible, even if it’s an unpleasant one with a terrible DJ during his interview. The actual day is gone in an instant and the whole thing is about your life together, not just one day, so plan accordingly (and I do mean the double entendre there) and enjoy all of the steps, not just the ones on your first dance.

There are other green wedding guides out there, I’ve seen them, but they tend to be to-do lists for the bride. I remember being a bride, and she already has too much to do. So here is my comprehensive list to finding the people in the Bay Area who will do the green wedding work for you.

GREEN IDEA BOOK or WEDDING FOLDER:

I’m pretty green, but I love idea books and pretty magazine pictures. When making an idea book, use the library or the internet first, then buy only the magazines that really had something you want to tear out and show to a caterer, or baker or florist. Recycle the magazine when you’re done, or if you’re really crafty you could use it to hand make paper for your wedding invites.

Image from www.vibrantevents.com

GREEN WEDDING PLANNERS

Marryl Brown Events – Montecito/Santa Barbara

Vibrant Events – San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area

Karine Brighten Events – San Francisco Bay Area and beyond service from a green certified business.

GREEN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

What is a green photographer, anyway? There is a certification process out there and The Green Photographer provides it, along with a well thought-out and in-depth list of ways to go green that don’t just apply to photographers. Just a few of their requirements include, buying used gear, using rechargeable batteries, printing with an online printer, using a white board (with non-toxic markers – that’s my two cents) instead of sticky notes, video conferencing instead of meeting in person and using only digital equipment. Green photographers in and around the Bay:

Alex Ho – South San Francisco

Ellie Grover – Northern California

Gustavo Fernandez – East Bay

Nita Winter and Rob Badger – Sausalito

Rebecca Wilkowsky – Oakland

White Glove Books – Green wedding books, available only through professional photographers.

GREEN VIDEOGRAPHERS

Marry Me Live

GREEN WEDDING WEBSITE HOSTS

Green Bride Guide and MyWedding.com bring you a free wedding website with Matching Invitations.

GREEN WEDDING DJ

A green DJ or band is much like a green photographer, in that they can buy used equipment or instruments, purchase carbon offsets for travel and electrical usage, and in general be mindful to reduce, reuse and recycle in their offices and personal lives. I found one “green” DJ in San Jose, California:

Green Wedding DJ

WEDDING BAND

I couldn’t find a green wedding band in Northern California. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but no one is touting their sustainably-purchased instruments as of yet. These bands are at least local, which is better than flying in your favorite New York band.

South Bay Express – Bay Area

Swing Fever – San Francisco

Image from www.backtoearth.com

GREEN OR ORGANIC WEDDING CATERER

Back to Earth Organic Catering – Berkeley

Cool Eatz – Palo Alto

Laura Stec – Portola Valley

Organic Chef Catering – San Francisco

Rogue Chefs – Half Moon Bay

Image from www.naturalbridal.com

GREEN WEDDING GOWN

Deborah Lindquist – Online. Organic, handmade gowns.

Rawganique – 100% organic hemp wedding gowns.

M.L. Marsh for Poetic Justice – Organic, fair-sewn wedding gowns.

Natural Bridal by Morgan Boszilkov – Organic, sustainably made in the US wedding gowns.

Conscious Clothing – Hemp and silk wedding attire.

Tara Lynn – Organic, natural and repurposed fiber gowns made in a solar-powered studio on vintage sewing machines.

Annatarian – Wedding gowns made with vintage and remnant fabrics as well as peace silk, organic cotton and bamboo. They can also incorporate sentimental pieces – your mom’s wedding dress or a piece of family jewelry.

GREEN WEDDING SUIT or TUX FOR HIM

Finding a green tux or suit is a bit of a trick, unless you can afford to have one tailor made. If so, it’s probably worth the money – there is nothing like a tailor made suit. Otherwise, you have the Rawganique options below, or you can buy yourself an organic shirt and rent yourself a tux. Renting, on the one hand, is pretty green you’d think – reusing and all that. But those tuxes have to be cleaned and it’s not by hand with eco-friendly soap. Check with your local tuxedo renters: Selix,

Rawganique – 100% organic hemp suits – they are actually gorgeous: elegant, well-cut, a lovely color. Not at all a hippie look!

Loomstate – Organic clothing company will apparently make a tuxedo for the right person (and price, I assume).

Selix – Tuxedo rentals – Selix is all over Northern California. They wholesale to other companies (you’ll notice this if you look at their website), but if the retail location is called Selix, they own their own dry cleaning facility in Hayward and use green and eco-friendly dry cleaning practices.

Men’s Wearhouse – Tuxedo rentals – They have locations all across the country. I talked with corporate and they were poorly informed on their dry cleaning practices, though stated they do use a green washer and dryer for wet cleaning, but that doesn’t apply to dry cleaning tuxedos. I would use a local, independently owned rental before MW, if possible.

Tuxedo Wearhouse – Tuxedo rentals in San Jose and Milpitas. They are independently owned and use green dry cleaners.

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7:03AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

nice info

3:33AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Anything Green I will normally support, but don't go crazy for Green wedding, as we see the big picture, we might only have once a life time wedding, (or for some maybe 5 times...) but we are talking about 30,000 times of showers, 600,000 times of dinner & supper, 400,000 times of travelling to work or to school etc if we can cut those items, it will be thousands time more substantial in saving the planet. p.s. We should always balance between economy and green.

2:26PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

thanks!

10:42AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Here's what I did for my lower carbon wedding!
http://www.1010global.org/global/here-comes-the-1010-bride

11:17AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Thanks

11:11AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Thanks!!

9:53AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Thanks.

1:03AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

super ideas. I am in Greece and am planning to do weddings and receptions here in my Yurt, and garden, if anyone wants something different, for that special day. Anything can be arranged.Diane

7:13PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

I'll definitely have to look into these options and create a green wedding when I get married. Thanks for the article!

1:50AM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

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