HURRAY FOR GREEN!!!
Nothing loves romance more than Mother Nature, and we love supporting her in every way! Let’s start off the New Year by committing to staying as “green” as possible, or as we like to say: Here here to Eco-friendly Darlings! Our area is full of possibilities to help us make less of a carbon footprint and be more of a green inspiration. We all remember, of course, the overwhelming anticipation we had to watch the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. When the doors were opened inside the sacred halls of Westminster Abbey, it was surprising to find minimal décor for the Wedding of the Century. Green trees lined the long aisles on both sides – it was an effective tastefulness which also possessed an enchanting warmth to it. It was like bringing the outdoors in and taking the indoors out at the same time… as regal and majestic as the proceedings were, there was still a vibe of earthly humility and a love for all things natural. The placement of live trees became very popular in weddings after that, along with a true desire in many bridal communities to green up their events.
“The first rule for a green wedding, but also probably the hardest part for most brides, is to throw out the wedding industry standard of a fabulous wedding…start with a green venue which supports local non-profits and is prepared to provide sustainable services,” advises Jenn Truong, Environmental Resource Advisor at the Reston Association.
The great thing about the Washington, D.C. area is that there are so many historical landmarks and properties which you can tie the knot at, and many of these beautiful venues are all about greening their event. Some examples are Tudor Place
http://www.tudorplace.org/rentals.html in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., the Ronald Reagan building with a completely sustainable wedding catering menu
and so many more!
An unforgettable way to connect with Nature on your special day is to hold your wedding outdoors, and sometimes quite literally in the middle of the wilderness. Just as the weather of beach weddings has miraculously shifted towards the bride and groom’s favor at the last minute, you will be surprised by how customized and beautiful you can make your wedding in the woods.
Laura Crepeau, a warranty administrator in Vienna, Virginia, got married in Burke Lake Park(http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burkelakepark/directions.htm) ten years ago and recalled the magic to us. “Nature provides flowers and a chorus of birds. We reserved a large picnic area, set up the reception at tables under a grove of trees, and had the service itself in an adjoining field… For an inexpensive wedding, you can’t beat a public park.” Although Burke Lake Park does not allow alcohol consumption, make sure to check out the rules and regulations of each park as they all vary - and book as early as you can! Historic sites such as Fort C. F. Smith in Arlington is now hosting weddings on their grounds, and red wine is allowed to be served. (http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/fortcfsmith/parksrecreationfortcfsmithftcfsmith.aspx)
Couples are greening their choices by, for example, using a caterer which only cooks local farm-raised meats and local produce and grains. More requests are being made for “Save-the-Date”cards and invitations to be produced with recycled material. Brides are selecting gorgeous eco-friendly organic dresses like the ones available by Kendal Leonard Designs on Etsy, and Frilly Fairy Tales' casual flower girl dresses made from organic cotton.
Many brides are also preferring to wear their mother’s dresses – a moving gesture of carrying on a beautiful tradition and an ultimate act of recycling! Gorgeous young bride Katie Man, an AmeriCorps Alum with a burgeoning career in Environmental Sciences, explains that there are wonderful green options now for weddings which many simply don’t know about. “I’ve seen some beautiful vintage wedding rings, which re-use the diamonds from old rings and put them into new settings, or made from settings of recycled gold. They were gorgeous and had a cool history. Also, if you do buy a new ring, do a little research into finding one that is responsibly sourced.” More and more, weddings are honoring a precious code to respect, if not include the environment in their special day. We love all these happy couples’ dedication to staying green! So how fitting it was to discover that the primary color for weddings in 2013 is GREEN! Yes, green of all shades, but with a dominant trend in mint green. We are having so much fun coming up with creative ways to celebrate this color and share its beauty and meaning with you and all your future guests. Green is the color of Nature, it has a cooling and warming effect, soothing the visual senses with an earthly color we are instinctually drawn to. Throughout most world cultures, green symbolizes rebirth, renewal, abundance, harmony, peace and fruitfulness. Pair it up with a pretty peach or deep brown and the possibilities for aesthetic delight are endless!
We fell in love with these place settings and will be highly recommending them for upcoming weddings! And, who doesn’t love the flavor of mint in cake and ice cream? We found so many gorgeous, delicious cakes so delectable and minty that they are truly works of art.
We are so tickled by all the cute stuff we are finding all over our searches for the hottest green accessories and adornments for your big day! Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and we are thrilled to have you visit our site, your best source for wedding tips. Stay tuned for next month’s wedding post for the month of Love!!!
Cheers everyone - Ta-ta!
Karen Parisa Sami
Bio:Karen Parisa Sami is a freelance writer and painter who resides in Falls Church, Virginia. She loves long walks in the woods, reading, cooking and is often found in the company of laughter. Very active in local social causes, she finds the most education and inspiration from children, nature, animals and the elderly.