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| May 10, 2017 | Lifestyle
Wedding planning season is in full swing in Boston, with an endless option of choices, from flowers to cake and the venue, but what if you want to be mindful of the environment on your Big Day? We spoke with Leah Malin, Director of Catering at Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, on how to host an eco-friendly wedding. “Many of the current wedding trends translate nicely into the principles of doing your day in an eco-friendly way,” says Malin. “Going green for your special day can reduce the amount of money you spend.”
“For many modern brides, invitations are no longer the priority we have seen in years past. The time and effort that goes into addressing and stamping causes stress and also has a price tag. Paperless Post was the pioneer in this area, but Evite has also expanded offerings. My personal favorite, Greenvelope, has options for RSVP tracking and messaging-what a great way to save some cash but also can get reminders and details out to guests! These not only save the paper and elements of the invitation itself, but also packaging, and the footprint involved with shipping to you, mailing to your guests and return RSVP service."
"With vintage trends being on the rise, romantic dresses from years’ past are always special. This is also a wonderful way to incorporate a family gown, which passes down a story from generation to generation and personalizes the day for your guests. As it relates to the bridesmaids, we are seeing more and more brides move from one set look and fabric, to more individuality. By having your girls don a dress they may already have (in something that matches the scheme of course) you eliminate stress, save your maids some money and ultimately will reap the benefits of better photos, as everyone has a much better smile and a better time at the wedding when they are comfortable and haven't broken the bank to make the night possible.
"What is eco-friendlier than skipping the waste of bags, boxes and bows for bridal showers and wedding gifts? More and more couples already live together and in many cases, already own their home together. This makes the notion of the traditional china-pots-and-pans registry less of a priority now than ever before. With this, many couples are opting out of picking up a scanner gun and are registering for experiences, honeymoons, or even cash. Sites like Zola and Blueprint Registry allow couples to customize their experiences. In addition to being more green, it also saves time and energy for your friends and family, not to mention a trip to the mall."
Cut the Cake
"Literally, as in cut out the cake. If wedding cake is not important to you, and not something your friends and family tend to eat, this is a nice way to eliminate waste and yet another way to save money."
"Lately we have seen so many wonderful and personalized centerpieces. Last summer, my cousin got married in California and being extremely environmentally conscious, had her bridal party work together to create window boxes from recycled Redwood, which were filed with succulents. Not only was this very on trend and literally a 'green' wedding, but they were also great keepsakes that lasted long after the wedding. This was magical on many fronts, because it truly reflected their taste, style and commitment to our planet, while creating a great story about them that was shared many times throughout the night."
"So many vendors now bundle their services, and can serve as a single point of contact for music, lighting and photo booths. Not only does using one vendor for multiple services save stress and effort, it cuts down on the amount of paperwork, streamlines your time when it comes to confirming and making decisions, and ultimately cuts the footprint of additional cars and vehicles making deliveries for your special day."
Say Goodbye to Programs and Menus
"Another money, time, and resource commitment that can be re-imagined with the environment in mind is the creation and production of ceremony programs and menu cards. While these are certainly always a nice touch, they are always only briefly regarded, then discarded. Communicating these important messages can easily be done on lovely boards that can be viewed as all guests enter, and serve as part of your décor as well as a special keepsake for the day."
Locally Sourced Food
"Fresh, locally sourced and regional cuisine is EVERYWHERE in the event industry right now. Not only is this a great on-trend way to provide an experience and education in your menu, but sourcing selections within an ideal 75-mile radius also has major benefits to our planet, and can save overhead and costs."
"Having the ceremony and reception in one location has so many benefits. Ecologically, it reduces emissions and gasoline usage, particularly when you factor in the popularity of larger vehicles such as party buses and trolleys, both of which are so popular now. From a guest perspective, this eliminates them having to drive to multiple locations, reducing their emissions and gasoline usage, and makes a much more seamless experience for them. If these benefits aren't great enough, this can also be a significant budget savings, as average wedding transportation ranges from $2-5K for many of our weddings at Seaport."
"While I am referencing location, it is always important to partner with a venue that embraces your priority of green practices as it relates to being eco-friendly. Here at Seaport, we are proud of our sustainable initiatives that include bees on our roof, a working herb garden that is used in our restaurant and banquet facilities and our sustainable practices in guest rooms and behind the scenes at the Hotel. Many venues like ours also offer Green Resumes' that showcase these practices and are a great way to ensure that you are working with a partner that embraces your commitment to our environment."