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Category: Green Weddings

We believe that it’s important to treat Mother Earth nicely. One major way we can do that is to help you plan a green wedding. Whether you want to just do a couple of things (organic flowers, recycled-paper invites) or have your entire event embrace environmentally friendly practices, our articles and blog posts will give you some great “green wedding” ideas. You choose!


“Certified Green” Los Angeles Bridal Salon: HARTNELL

Los Angeles Green Bridal Salon: HARTNELLPlanning a green wedding? Check out designer Hanna Hartnell as she goes for the green at her eco-friendly bridal salon.


Wedding Food Donations

Truly Yours Gourmet Foods and CateringIf you’re wondering why we’re including a brief item about recycling it’s because parties and special events often generate recyclable materials and leftover food that the bride and groom don’t want to take home. Nowadays, you and the caterer can feel good by donating the excess, and recycling plastic bottles, glass, metal and paper. An added benefit is that food donations are tax deductible for either you or the caterer. And if you recycle, the cost for extra garbage containers (bins) can be eliminated or reduced.


Brides Want to Know: Green Centerpieces

Nancy Liu Chin DesignsFor centerpieces, I was thinking of using potted plants because I like the idea of something that lives on after the wedding. My colors are Wedgwood blue and cream. Will all that green still work?
—Sandi S., Danville


It’s A Nice Day For A Green Wedding: Advice for the Socially Conscious Bride

Heifer.orgYou no longer have to wrestle with your conscience to have a celebration that is both beautiful and "green"— here's how.

Road To The Altar: The Budget

Road To The Altar: The Budget posted by Lisa

There’s no doubt that the biggest 2009 wedding trends all seem to be centered on the same idea: less is more. Budget weddings are big: Couples everywhere are looking for the best deals around before they plunk down the plastic. Check out this episode of Road To The Altar for one hilarious example of a wedding budget gone awry:


Fresh-Picked Wedding Favors

Fresh-Picked Wedding Favors posted by Lisa

But then there are those who are country. People who consider cowboy boots and a sundress “formal wear”. People who frequently brake for farmer’s markets and dream of freeing the wildlife at the county petting zoo because keeping sheep in such a small area “just ain’t right.” People who say “y’all” because, well, doesn’t it roll off the tongue a little bit easier than “you all?”


Wedding Favors That Grow

Wedding Favors That Grow posted by Denise

What a perfect symbol for your wedding! Aside from being adorable, Pinky Trees are alive and growing. A clear capsule (which can be imprinted with your names, monogram, or wedding date!) holds a live plant that will keep growing in their capsules for 6-12 months.


Soi Meme Bridal Show

Soi Meme Bridal Show posted by Jolene

No one wants a cookie-cutter wedding, but sometimes when browsing the ad-packed wedding glossies or bridal bonanza expos, it feels like your wedding is doomed to be generic.


Organic Bubbly

Organic Bubbly posted by Julia

Domaine Carneros made the decision to farm sustainably when they opened over two decades ago,so it was only natural that they began moving toward being a completely organically farmed winery. They also happen to have the first sparkling wine to be certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers, as of April 2008.


We “Double Dare” You

We “Double Dare” You posted by Jolene

It’s a shame, really. All that time, effort and money spent on finding the wedding dress, and you really only ever wear it the one time. Fashion designer Hanna Hartnell of HARTNELL Santa Monica feels you, and has come up with an ingenious solution—the Double Dare Gown.


Party in San Diego

Party in San Diego posted by Denise

Consider this an invitation to a party in San Diego—the San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show, that is! Held on March 8 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel from 12-5pm, this event features the crème de la crème of San Diego wedding professionals.


Carmelized

Carmelized posted by Denise

Recently, KC and I had the pleasure of visiting Carmel Valley Ranch. It’s a fantastic weekend getaway with a wonderful restaurant that offers many creative menu choices. The lobby’s rust-brown and burnt orange hues are warm and inviting. The golf clubhouse has shades of lime green, deep chocolate and white, giving it a crisp, modern feel. The pool area is charming without being too fussy, and the staff is so attentive. I can’t remember how many of them remembered my name, “Mrs. Chin!”. The in-room spa service was terrific, and they even honored my request to have my spa services near the pool. I believe I had Carmel Valley Ranch’s very first by-the-pool massage!


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