Some brides hear the words luxury safari and think “pricey” or “frivolous”; however, the travel industry has redefined luxury travel to encompass not only elevated comfort and service but also environmentally-friendly tours that offer the rich and famous – and not so rich and famous – a real sense of adventure, with Mother Nature in mind.
For many, the 4th of July marks the official start of summer. Aside from Independence Day being a beloved classic American holiday, it is also a popular green wedding date. And, if you were to ask us, there is no better way to celebrate July 4th than by supporting the local economy, community, and especially local farms. Eco Caters (in Southern California and the DC area) does this in style and shares their tips for making your 4th of July wedding or celebration seasonal and sustainable:
Even though lead was outlawed as an additive in gasoline and paint in the 1970s because of it's toxicity, it is still pervasive in many cosmetic brands. In 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested dozens of lipsticks (ranging from drugstore to luxury to natural brands), and found that over half the brands contained lead. As a follow-up, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted its own study, and found the average concentration of lead in lipstick was 1.11 ppm - and some brands had up to 7.19 ppm!
Many brides get nervous when considering a plant-based gluten-free wedding menu. They worry about what the "meat and potato" loving guests will think, and may get pressured from their family to stick to the basics (usually chicken or steak and fish). Chef Mya Zeronis, from Lean Chef en Route Catering in Pittsburgh, PA, is a health food chef who runs a raw organic juice/ vegan lunch cafe and also caters. She helps her clients create healthy meals to remember in a manner that fits their lifestyle and eating philosophy.
Nothing says "customization" like a monogram, and when it comes to your wedding, weaving your new (or combined) initials into your decor is a fun way to celebrate your union. Monograms were originally used for royal signatures and currencies, but in the Victorian era their use grew and came to represent the aristocracy. Perhaps it is for this reason that monograms still hold a certain allure. They pair the elegance of calligraphy with the symbolism of name and family affiliation, which makes them the perfect symbol for your wedding day.
Shopping for flowers for your wedding? There are lots of decisions to make — from color, to kind, to cost. But have you considered the cost to the environment? If you are ecologically-minded and try to keep things green, you probably have heard that you should never buy cut flowers; their cost to the environment is just too high. Greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs associated with cut flower production can certainly be high. But are cut flowers always environmentally hostile?
Celebrate the summer with these five fun eco-friendly fruit-based cocktail recipes. All the organic and local ingredients you need are fresh, ripe and ready to delight your guests. From sweet juicy watermelon sangria to ice cold lemonade jello shots, you can find the perfect flavor for every style wedding. When you include seasonal produce in your cocktail menu, you are not only doing the planet a favor and supporting local agriculture, but you are guaranteeing that your guests get the freshest, most delicious treats in town!
Are you a bride who loves vintage style? From wedding gowns to bridesmaid dresses, it’s easy to bedeck your bridal party in vintage duds for your big day – often for a fraction of the cost of buying new. Vintage gowns have the advantage of being totally eco-friendly too, as nothing new has to be created. Retro styles are a great way to decrease the impact of your big day on the planet, while looking stylish and chic. Here are a few of our favorite vintage boutiques from around the country.
There’s something dreamy about a summer wedding. While lush, green scenery and bright flora in full bloom are usually the draw for warm weather nuptials, we can’t help but notice that some of the tastiest things to eat are in peak flavor during summer. Choosing a caterer who takes advantage of the season’s freshest offerings is one of the best ways to cut waste at a wedding, which not only gives an eco-conscious couple peace of mind, but leaves guests with happy bellies.
Purchasing earth-friendly jewelry is a great way to make a statement, and with eco-positive products finally trending, finding the perfect sustainable jewelry style is fun, easy, and affordable.
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