The Today Show recently stopped by The Knot headquarters in New York to chat with editor in chief Carley Roney about green weddings. Carley proved that you don't have to sacrifice style in order to have a socially conscious bash. Here's a closer look at some of Carley's tips and her top picks for environmentally friendly vendors.
Green Tip #1: The Invitations
Between the inks, toners, and solvents, it takes many chemicals to create traditional invites. Finding a stationer that uses alternatives like recycled paper and vegetable- and soy-based inks is a great way to go green. Green Field Paper Company
embeds wildflower seeds into their tree-free papers, and uses soy-based inks and recycled-paper envelopes.
Green Tip #2: The Gown
Eco-friendly brides have lots of options when choosing their gown and accessories. You can purchase a gown made of organic materials such as silk. Wear a vintage gown, either from a family member or purchased at a vintage store. Opt for vintage jewelry or borrow pieces from friends. Check out this gown made of 100-percent pure silk by designer Monique Lhuillier
Green Tip #3: The Toast
Let you guests toast your marriage with organic wine. True Organic wines are certified by the USDA National Organic Program and have become much more popular over the last couple of years. When making your wine picks, think about Frey Vineyards
, the oldest organic winery in the country, which has been around since 1980. Not only are Frey wines eco-friendly, they taste amazing and sell at a great price point.
Green Tip #4: The Cake
In addition to a menu that is based on organic or locally grown foods, consider serving a wedding cake made of organic ingredients. This cake from Chef Lori Ann Blethen of Wildflowers
is 100-percent organic, including the butter, eggs, sugar, strawberries, and flour. Even the decorations are organic, as Lori opted for organic fondant and used organic sugar to make the flowers.
Green Tip #5: The Favors
Candles are a must for weddings, but paraffin candles are produced from not-so-earth-friendly petroleum. We love soy wax candles by Welcome Home Candles
, which are hand-poured with fragrant, 100-percent soy wax (a natural resource). Also, be sure to check out the Beeswax Candle Company
, which produces 100-percent beeswax candles that have been filter polished (not bleached) to their natural, creamy white color. Beeswax candles give off a delicious honey scent too.
For more favor ideas, check out The Knot Shop's eco-weddings boutique.